Say “Yes” and Say “No”

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For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:29 NLT)

God’s calling is not intended to be a hardship. If after you say “yes” to God, you quickly become tired or stressed, the problem could be you said “yes” without saying “no”.

Once you say yes to God and what He is asking you to do, you need to reassess your present commitments and how they align with God’s will. This may require you to say “no” to some things or take a sabbatical from others to pursue His divine leading. If your hands are already full with things, then they will not be free to work on what God wants you to.  Saying “yes” without saying “no” in essence is giving God the following notice: “Be advised God, I am saying yes to what you want me to do, but I am really not going to be of much use to you because I already have a lot going on.”

Saying “no” may not mean just give things up; it may mean finding a way to be a mentor to someone and pass the mantle onto them. The word “mentor” is defined as “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.” Although “mentoring” doesn’t appear in the Bible, scripture does give us numerous examples of mentoring. Moses was mentored by his father-in-law Jethro, first as son-in-law and then as a leader (Exodus 18). The mentoring relationship between Eli and Samuel prepared Samuel for the tasks and responsibilities that were his after Eli’s death (1 Samuel 1–4). Jesus mentored His disciples (Luke 9), and both Barnabas and Paul excelled in mentoring (Acts 9–15).

God’s will is that we do the tasks He has given us to do, not more and not less. Our joy will be full as we do these things, and He will supply our needs accordingly. The one who walks in wisdom will find balance leading to steadfastness and immovability, which, in turn, enables us to endure. So, let us not be over-committed; rather, let us be fully committed to what God has asked us to do by saying ”yes” and saying “no”.

Prayer: Father, I come to you today asking you to help me reorganize my life. I am stepping into a new realm with you, and I need to know what to keep, what to let go, and what to pass onto others. I accept your peace as I make these decisions. Thank You for your leading and direction. In Jesus Name Amen

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