Part of having faith in God is expecting him to bless your life. He wants to make your life all it’s meant to be — not all you want it to be, but all he wants it to be. He always has your best interests in mind.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”—Matthew 5:14,16
God wants you to apply the 100 Percent principle. Obey God 100 percent of the time in 100 percent of your life. You can’t be 100 percent obedient in 80 percent of your life. Faith doesn’t work like that.
Many times in Scripture, God asks us to do what doesn’t make sense to our logic. For example, Mark 10:43 says,“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant” (NLT). To most people, that verse doesn’t make sense; you’d think great people would have others serving them. Jesus says it’s the other way around – the great people are the ones serving others. I need to trust what God says about greatness, not what I think.
Unfortunately, we think we know better. We think we have a better plan. We want to use our logic and get to the answer in a way that makes us look good – and doesn’t require risk. But God wants us to grow, so he takes us a different way.
“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage - pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically - to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’”—Stephen Cove (via kari-shma)