“We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save ourselves nor sanctify ourselves, God does that; but God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character, He will not make us walk aright. We have to do all that ourselves, we have to work out salvation God has worked in. ‘Add’ means to get into the habit of doing things, and in the initial stages it is difficult. To take the initiative is to make a beginning, to instruct yourself in the way you have to go.” – Oswald Chambers
Many times, we ask God to give us such and such and grant us this and that, but we forget, or rather ignore, that it is up to us to work out many of the things which we ask for – that the life we are called to live as Christians can be directed and guided only so far by God Himself. There is work to be done by us and only us. He cannot do it. There are many commands of action and doing that are found in the Bible – instructions that lead us into becoming leaders, teachers, and disciples. It’s time we stop making excuses and just get after it.