A few weeks ago, I took Chicago Bears cornerback Sherrick McManis to four different school assemblies. On our way home, I asked if he was tired…
He said, “Oh man, tonight is Monday, and I have to do Insanity.”
I thought to myself, You’re going to do THAT kind of workout after the day you’ve put in? Man, give yourself a break.
But Sherrick knows physical conditioning is essential to maintaining the body of a professional athlete, so he does what he doesn’t feel like doing. Faith works the same way. Faith is not only believing when we don’t see it and obeying when we don’t understand it, but it’s also persisting when we don’t feel like it.
Our culture encourages us to make decisions based on how we feel, so many of us don’t follow through or our level of commitment changes day-to-day depending on our moods and energy. But one of the marks of maturity is living life by our commitments rather than our feelings.
Moses made the hard choice of faith. He chose the road of suffering over comfort because he had faith in God and His plan–
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. –Hebrews 11:24-27
By the world’s standards, Moses was crazy. He had been adopted into Pharaoh’s family. He could have lived a life of privilege and luxury. But he rejected that life in favor of what God had in store for him. He left a palace for a pasture, servants for service, acceptance for rejection. He chose God. As a result, God transformed him into a leader—an instrument for rescue and restoration. And he saw God’s power and glory firsthand. But first he had to believe and obey even when he didn't feel like it. He had to persevere.
We are faced with the choice to persevere everyday. I don’t always feel like preaching on the weekend. I don’t always feel like praying, exercising, or being nice. But I know that the people who have the most success in life are the ones who learn to do what they don’t feel like doing. They recognize commitment.
Think about what God wants to do in and through your life. It’s going to be hard. It will require sacrifice and discipline, and to the world, it’s often going to seem crazy. Like doing Insanity after a full day. But with God all things are possible. Knowing that is true, will you press forward in faith?