Romans 6:16, NIV: Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Many well-intentioned Christians have accomplished much while being more obedient to their own leadership than to Godís. Many, as well, have failed to be obedient to God for reasons of feeling ill-equipped, or second-guessing their understanding of the will of God, or refusing to do Godís will for the wrong reasons. The commonality in all of these things is that human reasoning is being heard above the voice of God. If I feel God directing me to do something but I fear I will seek glory for myself, the command of God has not changed. If I talk myself in circles, expecting to reason out Godís direction, His will does not wait for my nod of agreement. Our obedience is not to be chained to our ability to understand, but to our faith to follow. In all I can muster, I will never be ready to do Godís will--yet Godís will can be accomplished through me, when I faithfully obey and trust Him with every part of the outcome.