Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Willing and Able

I can not fold fitted sheets.  You know, the ones with the elastic pockets in the corner.  I am willing to fold them, but I am not able to do it and make them look nice.

I can cook.  I understand how to read the recipe and combine ingredients to make something edible.  I am able to make meals, but I'm not always willing to do so.

My son knows how to use the vacuum cleaner.  He has the ability to clean the carpets, but he is not always willing.

I am willing and eager to make repairs around the house, but my husband doesn't believe I am able.  (smiles)

I am able to share the love of Christ with others, but I'm not always willing to do it.

What if we were both willing and able to do what God commanded?

On Mount Sinai, God gave Moses the instructions to build the Tabernacle and all the articles associated with it.  Moses gave the command for the people of Israel to gather the items necessary to complete the task.  Everyone was suppose to bring what they were willing to give. The people had the gold, silver, and bronze thanks to the Egyptians. (Exodus 12:35-36)  They had the ability to give, but were they willing?

Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: "No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary."  And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.  Exodus 36:6-7

What would happen in our churches if we were willing to give as much as we were able?  The homeless would find shelter, the poor would have food, and the lost and dying would find their Savior.

Now Moses had all the necessary items to complete the tabernacle, but someone needed to craft the work.  God chose Bezalet and Oholiab, and gave them ability to do all kinds of work as craftsman, designers, embroiderers and weavers.  God also gave them the ability to teach others.  Through the Spirit of God, these men were able to complete the work.  But were they willing?

Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab along with all whom God had gifted with ability (able) to work skillfully with their hands.  The men were eager (willing) to get started and engage in the work. Exodus 36:2

What would happen in our churches if we were willing to do the work that we are able to do?  Every ministry need in our church would be filled.  We would have 100% of the people involved, instead of the normal 20% of the people doing 80% of the work.  Just think of what we could accomplish for the Kingdom. 

What has God called you to do that you aren't doing yet?  If God has called you, then you are more than able.  He's just waiting for you to be willing.

Are you Willing and Able ?

Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:15-16
15.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16.  Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.


  1. Thanks for a great post. It seems everyone can talk about people not doing what they should but it seems a lot of those people or not willing to do anything to help the church. We should always be willing to do what the Lord asks of us. I somethimes have a long visit with the Lord on this but I am happy to say I am usually the one that loses on this and I am so glad I do. I hope your post will make people stop and think, am I WILLING to do what the Lord knows I am ABLE to do? Blessings to you.

  2. We all talk a good game but we are not always WILLING to do it. Sometimes I am able but not willing and sometimes I am willing but do not think I am able. I want to serve God by being willing and (through Him) able. Thanks for this!

  3. Wow! I think I am always able to do what God wants me to do. I know I am not always willing to do what He wants me to do. Or is it the other way around? I pray that I am always WILLING and ABLE...at the same time...to do what He wants me to do. It's something that I'm working on! Thank you for this post!

  4. Great reminder! I think alot of the time our unwillingness comes down to our hearts. I really thing that so much of this internal conflict could be resolved if we would just become more willing to ask Him to make His desires our desires as well. We need His heart! Thanks!!

  5. Hi Lisa! Great post! Thanks for the reminder...

    "What has God called you to do that you aren't doing yet? If God has called you, then you are more than able. He's just waiting for you to be willing." ---I really love this. A very timely word for me! God bless!

  6. Really great post. I think we're always able to do more... being willing gets wiped out by the urgent... not always the important mind you, but the urgent. I notice at our church it's the same people who are willing and able all the time and I also notice that they get worn out. If everyone would just be even a "little" more willing it would make a tremendous difference.

  7. I am able to do all things through Him who gives me strength...but I am not always willing. I need to remember that He was willing and able to give His life for me so the least I can do is be willing and able to do all He asks of me.

  8. This is a great question, "What would happen in our churches if we were willing to give as much as we were able?" What a thing to ponder today! I agree completely... we are able to do more than we think...God uses a willing heart!

  9. Wonderful, thoughtful post Lisa.

    Through Him, we certainly don't lack any ability He chooses us to have. The will and desire to carry out His Wishes however, He leaves to our volition. May we all listen for His Voice and heed His Wishes for our lives so that we may truly be both willing and able.

    Have a Blessed Day Lisa!

  10. I am right their with you Lisa, many times able but not willing. I agree so much what the Lord would accomplish through us if we were willing to do what we are able.