I’m trying my best.
I saw this tweet on my timeline, and I had to pause.
Can you relate?
The 300 and something retweets it got indicates that a lot of people can.
But you know what? We’re trying our best in the wrong ways.
We’re trying our best to step out of living lukewarm lives.
We’re trying our best to break free from all kinds of addictions.
We’re trying our best to be better Christians.
We’re trying our best to stop sinning.
We’re trying, and trying, and trying, yet we keep failing and failing and failing.
Want to know why? Christianity is not about trying. Your relationship with God is not about your efforts. It’s not about your willpower to overcome temptation. It’s not about your strength to break free from that addiction.
Zechariah 4:6 NIV
So he answered me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
It is about The Spirit of God. It’s about recognising that you are a weak and infallible vessel, with absolutely no strength of your own. It is about surrendering; about admitting that you cannot handle your affairs on your own. You cannot live a holy life on your own. You cannot break free from addictions on your own.
You know what happens when you try to do it on your own? You fail. You get fed up. You get exhausted. Because you’re relying on your own strength.
A relationship with God happens when you stop trying. That’s the beauty of surrendering. That’s why it’s a relationship, and not mere “religion”.
God is not waiting for you to “fix yourself” before coming to Him. He’s not waiting for you to get your stuff together before going to Him.
He wants you just as you are. Just as you are, go to God. Let Him take your every worry, and every burden away. And watch Him prune you into the masterpiece He has destined you to be.
Dear Lord Jesus, I’m tired of trying. I’m tired of trying and never getting anywhere. I’m tired of depending on my own strength.
I am a weak and fallible vessel, and I ask that you empower me. I ask that you teach me to depend on You alone for my strength.
And I ask that you mold me into the vessel of honour you have destined me to be in. I ask this in the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.