The Gift of Inconvenience

I have learned something over the last year that has really changed my perspective on how approach to everyday life.  And that is this:

Inconvenience is a gift from God.

Yes! The inconveniences of life are beautiful opportunities provided to us for the purpose of shaping us in the nature and character of Jesus.

How we respond to the inconveniences of life can either help shape us into His likeness a little more or we could respond in a way that does not align with the will of God, and ultimately miss an opportunity to grow.  It all comes down to the submission of our will to His will.

I challenge you to begin looking at inconvenience as a gift from God and to use this as an indicator for how you will respond.  Because at the end of the day it all boils down to whether or not we were obedient to His Will.  Let us be a people who face every inconvenience from a humble position of “not my will Lord, but yours be done.”

 

Bringing Ourselves Down to Jesus’s Level

At first, the title seems a little backwards, doesn’t it?  I mean, Jesus is the King above all kings and the Lord above all lords.  Yet, Philippians 2:1-11 shows us that Jesus was exalted to that position because of His unmatchable humility.

 

and being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.”  Philippians 2:8-9

 

Humility defined the life of Jesus. And in Philippians 2, Paul urges us to reflect the same humility in our everyday lives.  This humility was demonstrated not only before God, but also manifest itself before mankind. 

 

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.”

Jesus made himself nothing, so that we could gain everything. 

 

OK.  Here is where I get extremely challenged.  Philippians 2:3  says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”  WHOA! 

 

I don’t know about you, but this challenges my everyday motives in a deep way.  It blows me away to think how Jesus considered you and I ahead of himself.  Ultimately, His humility before God was made evident in His humility towards all of mankind. 

 

Here is the challenge: If we as the Church are to represent the nature and character of Christ, then our humility before God must prove itself in our humility to others.  It is impossible to have one without the other.  

 

And here is why this is so beautiful.  When we receive Jesus, we attain everything we will ever need, want or desire.  We gain everything.  There is nothing His presence in our lives cannot satisfy. 

 

Therefore, we no longer need live for ourselves and for our own personal gain, but now we are free to think about others, we are now able to serve others and put others ahead of our self!

 

Jesus humbled himself to nothing so that we could gain everything

Let us do the same for others. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12