“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 has been a verse that I have turned to in times of hopelessness. Let me tell you, I have those more often than I would like to admit. Recently I was reflecting on this dynamic and I realize I often find myself in situations that are challenging, because I engage in things with something to prove.
Thinking back on my life I think I have always had this sense of needing to prove myself. I was a runt of a kid, I had zero athletic ability, I was of average intelligence (that might be a generous assessment), and I was socially always a background performer. Being the youngest of four kids, I will probably always be the baby brother, which is not always a bad thing. With all of these things I have created within myself a need to prove my worth. Looking back on my life, this can create problems. When you feel like you have to prove yourself, you make decisions, think and act in a way that may impact others.
The need to prove is also very problematic when you are trying to follow Jesus. Also in chapter 8 of Romans, verse 26 and 27 say: “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
As a Christian you are called into the will of God, but we are weak when we often lean on our own understanding. In the verse above we are faced with the reality that we don’t even know how to pray and it is the Spirit that intercedes. When we have something to prove or when we decide we want to chart our own path, we step outside of His will. Christian, allow the Spirit of God to unlock the will of Him who has called you for His purpose. You may be toiling or wrestling with some challenges, seek the Lord to see if you have wandered from the path He has laid before you. It may be a difficult season, perhaps you have something to prove and you have created a need for God to reprove.
Turn back to the Lord, seek the work of the Spirit and welcome His grace. Jesus Christ works ALL things out for the GOOD of those who love Him and for those called according to His purpose. You have nothing to prove because by grace you have been proven complete. That grace flows from Jesus Christ as He was crucified and then raised from death into glory. That grace covers those called according to His purpose. That grace strips us of any need to prove and frees us up to live for Him! -jason