When it comes to doing the things we know we need to do, do we really need someone to push, pull, prod, guilt, and force us to do things we should want to do on our own?
I mean, let's be real, why should my wife beg me to be a better husband? Why should you guilt your kids into cleaning their rooms or taking out the trash? Why should I have to beg my best friend prod my best friend to tell the truth? Why should I have to push you to keep reading this blog??
Anyway, my point being, when it comes to chores or exercise or things like that yeah sometimes maybe we need a little encouragement or support or something along those lines, but when it comes to right and wrong, truth and lying, or honoring God or sinning, I do not think anyone should have to force you to do the right thing, tell the truth, or honor God.
When you become a Christain, God promises us the gift of His Holy Spirit to come dwell in us and serve our guide. It's job is to help guide us, teach us, encourage us, and yes even guilt or prompt us, but if it comes to the point we are made to do something, then we lose freewill. God is not going to force you to serve Him or live for Him and I don't think it should be pulling teeth to do the things in our lives we need to do to have peace, fix problems, or grow our faith.
If you've been avoiding something, stop it! Go fix what you need to fix, make that phone call, send that e-mail, make that visit, or whatever is is you need to do. If you want to go back to school, or lose weight, or work on your self-esteem or whatever it is you've been procrastinating, go for it!
It's time for us to get off the couch (spiritually speaking) and start doing what we need to do. Be a better parent, be a better spouse, a better employer or employeer, serve or give more in church, or step up and start leading, of if God is calling you to ministry of some kind stop running or avoiding it.
Let's do what we need to do so that our life can empty of baggage, clutter, and things left undown and lets grow in our faith, stretch our faith, and mature in our faith.
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.