It’s the best moment in sports movies: the motivational speech given by the coach during half-time. The team entered the locker room disheartened but leaves determined and ready to play their best.
A lot of us are winded and in need of a good pump-up speech ourselves.
And God gives a great one – although it’s not quite the speech that we may have expected.
The Two Ingredients to God’s Speech
Let’s return to Haggai 2, which we looked at a few weeks ago.
God points out two things in Haggai 2:
– His sovereignty (“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts.”)
– His presence (“Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts.)
And this combination is the foundation upon which God says to us: “Work.”
The Great Commission
The pattern also shows up in another familiar place. In the Great Commission of Matthew 28, God points out two things:
– His sovereignty (“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”)
– His presence (“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”)
And the combination of these factors is what allows God to say: “Go therefore…”
God’s Control Frees Us
But what is it about God’s sovereignty and his presence that enables us to work? How is that a motivational speech for the Christian?
The fact that God is in control means that God has the power to bless our efforts. Success comes from him.
If fear is holding us back from working, we have the freedom of knowing that God is control and will work all things for our good.
Whomever He Chooses
But God’s sovereignty also means that he has the power to choose (and empower) whomever he chooses to.
If you’re not feeling knowledgeable enough, if you’re not feeling up to the challenge, if you’re not feeling disciplined – you can rest in God’s sovereignty.
Because no one can tell him what to do. He chooses whom he pleases. He empowers those whom he chooses.
It’s not about you. It never was.
In Haggai 2, God went on to choose Zerubbabel to be “like a signet ring” for him. Even though he wasn’t exactly a stellar leader for Israel, Zerubbabel would be an ancestor of Christ.
He’s Got This
God’s pump-up speech is this: He’s got this, he knows what he’s doing, and no one can stop him from choosing you to work through.
Put simply, no one has the right to doubt the call that he’s placed on your life – not even you.
So let that give you the freedom to work. Let that give you the courage to go.
He’s got this.
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