This may surprise you.
God is not interested in how much we can do for Him. I don‘t remember when, but somewhere along the pathway of my years I became enlightened with this important truth.
Let me say it again: God is not interested in how much we can accomplish for Him. (Or about how much “stuff“ we can cram into our day – but we‘ll save that for another lesson)
Think about it, God created the world in 7 days with just a few words of his power. I hardly think “getting things done“ is an issue for Him.
Watching some of my fellow Pilgrims, you‘d never know this truth existed. If you ask me, their lives are way too full of activity. Listen, I fully comprehend how a schedule that is bursting at the seams with day-to-day undertakings can cause anxiety. However, it is amazing to me how some Christians can‘t see the folly in being all “stressed out“ and then claiming their stress is a result of doing the Lord‘s work. What happened to:
3“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is kept on You, because he trusts in You“ Isaiah 26:3 New Life Version
Busier is NOT necessarily better. Doing lots of Good things is not the same as doing your GOD thing.
So what have I learned?
God wants two things from me:
- Do only what He asks.
- And do it only when He wants it done.
The rest of the time I am free to Love Him, to love others and to learn to love myself (remember, we cannot love others if we do not love ourselves). As a result, I am able to live more fully in His Joy and I am at liberty to exist as the unique vessel that the master potter is sculpting.
Do you know what God wants the most from you?
Get it? Just as you are, God wants you.
Life with Him is a partnership and a journey. “In Him“, we fulfill His purposes through our lives.
I would like to issue a challenge.
I challenge you to embrace who you are in Christ. (Forget anyone else.)
I challenge you to do all the “peculiar” stuff that defines you. (By the way, peculiar is synonymous with weird! Ha-ha.)
I challenge you to be true to yourself and to stop listening to the voices coming from the world around you claiming to know what is “right“ for you!
And, I challenge you to trust that little voice inside of you (the voice of your spirit) that ever whispers to your soul. You are filled with the Holy Spirit of God Himself. He will show you everything (including what is right for you). If you need to make changes – He will let you know. And remember, His teaching voice is calm, life giving and encouraging.
Are you up for the challenge? I hope so.
Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is a noted author, broadcaster, a popular Bible teacher and a rabbid Coastal Junkie®
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