Does God ask the im­pos­si­ble of us?

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - Dayna Spence Ask the Chap­lain is writ­ten by Rev. Dayna Spence, an or­dained min­is­ter, li­censed evan­ge­list, and chap­lain who’s served as a hospi­tal chap­lain and is cur­rently serv­ing as a hospice chap­lain Ch­ester County area. Please email “Ask the Chap­lain”

Dear Chap­lain: I have a heart for the Lord and I’ve tried to live my life as a Chris­tian be­cause I re­ally do want to do what’s right, but I keep find­ing my­self fall­ing back into my old ways and habits. I’ve done this see-saw so many times that now I’m be­gin­ning to won­der if it’s even pos­si­ble to live a real Chris­tian life. It makes me want to throw in the towel and give up. What’s the point in do­ing the right thing if the right thing is im­pos­si­ble to do? — Signed, Ask­ing the Im­pos­si­ble

Dear Ask­ing the Im­pos­si­ble: Thanks so much for your ques­tion and I do un­der­stand your de­sire to do what’s right, and your frus­tra­tion when you fail.

Please un­der­stand that God isn’t look­ing for you to be per­fect... that’s what he sent his son Je­sus to earth to do, to be sin­less, to do what you and I could not do in keep­ing all of his laws. Je­sus was the only one who could keep them...and he is now on the other side in heaven, pray­ing for us, ad­vo­cat­ing for us, and wait­ing for us to fin­ish our course in life to lead us safely to our heav­enly home, with him.

God is not look­ing for us to be per­fect on our own ac­cord. We could never ac­com­plish that in the flesh, on earth. The only way we can ac­com­plish per­fec­tion is if we are in Christ Je­sus, who is the only one who is and was per­fect. How­ever, what God does de­sire from us is to have a re­la­tion­ship with him. He’s look­ing for us to open up our hearts to him. He’s look­ing for us to be to­tally hon­est with him, with how we feel, with what we de­sire, and all that we’re go­ing through. And he wants us to have faith in him and to de­pend on him, when we’re do­ing what’s right and when we fail. (Proverbs 3:6 In ALL thy ways ac­knowl­edge him and he shall di­rect your paths).

If we’ve ac­cepted Je­sus in our hearts and we are the chil­dren of the most high God, he isn’t go­ing to throw us away be­cause we’re strug­gling to over­come some kind of sin. In fact, the closer we get to him the more we will learn his char­ac­ter, his voice, and his wis­dom, so we can fol­low him and learn from him the root of our problems and be taught (some­times through our many fail­ures) and guided, and given strength to over­come our many strug­gles.

God isn’t a big man in the sky wait­ing to judge us ac­cord­ing to how many sins we’ve com­mit­ted, but rather he is a kind and lov­ing fa­ther who wants us to be­lieve on him like lit­tle chil­dren (Matthew. 18:24). Sin doesn’t pre­vent us from our ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion, which is heaven. What pre­vents us go­ing to heaven is the lack of faith in Je­sus Christ who for­gives us of all our sins and cleanses us from all un­righ­teous­ness.

If you be­lieve in Je­sus, but have not come into a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with him, try pray­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, read a lit­tle of the Bi­ble daily, talk to the Lord as you would your best friend, and hang around peo­ple you know have the Holy Spirit (but may not be pic­ture per­fect), this will help you de­velop your per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with the Lord.

I en­cour­age you not to fo­cus on the im­pos­si­ble, try­ing to do the right thing all the time. But rather look at each day as an ad­ven­ture, an op­por­tu­nity to learn all of the won­der­ful things God de­sires to show and teach you. Your days will not al­ways be easy, but when you go to God just as you are, you’ll find him to be full of mercy and com­pas­sion, and will­ing to travel with you through an ex­cit­ing Chris­tian life that is well worth liv­ing!

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