Proverbs25:28 “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man without self-control.”
Building walls. Self Control. Teamwork. Teamwork is not about doing everything everyone asks you to do. If that were so, then God would not have said in I Corinthians 12:12 “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.”
If you are saying yes to everything anyone asks you to do, consider your motivation. Are you saying yes simply to avoid hurting someone’s feelings? Are you saying yes out of guilt or obligation? Are you saying yes because you feel like it’s the “right” thing to do and the Bible says to _______ (you fill in the blank)? Are you saying yes just to please others? If you answered YES to any of those questions, consider the following verse:
2 Corinthians 9:7 says “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Giving is not just about money. Giving is also about our time and talents. God does not want us to give out of reluctance or compulsion. By saying yes to things you feel you cannot say no to, you may be denying someone else the chance to say yes to that particular thing… something that THEY were actually meant to do instead of you.“
Simply let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no,’ ‘no’; anything beyond this comes form the evil one” (Matthew 5:37). Wow. Did you read that? The evil one. And trust me, the evil one has no problem even using scripture to lead you into reluctance and compulsion… he just twists it and uses is inappropriately. Satan even tempted Jesus himself with scripture:
Matthew 4:5-7 “Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down. For it is written: “He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Jesus answered him, ‘It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Self control. The ability to say yes when you should say yes and no when you should say no. That’s from the Jenny translation.
Application step for today:Think about the places you are giving your money, your time, your talents… are you giving them cheerfully? If not, stop and pray. Ask God what your true motivation is. Ask God to lead you and direct your paths. Say yes in the places where God is leading you. Say no where He isn’t.