Somedays, especially this time of the year I begin to feel the pressure of things coming around me as I look at the mountain of projects and ministry that lies ahead. Then I am reminded of Martin Luther’s thought on this: “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
Yesterday’s devotion reminded also that should spend ample time with Jesus, pushing back the demands of the day and in turn find that I can accomplish more in less time, after I have given myself to God in rich communion. This aligns me with His perspective and sorts out what is most important. It will help me not fall into the trap of being constantly on the go. (This is the hardest part of the devotion), many things people do in Jesus’ name have no value in His Kingdom. To avoid doing meaningless works, stay in continual communication with Jesus. He will instruct us in the way we should go.
Luke 10:41-42 (ESV)
41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.
My prayer today: Lord, help me enjoy my time with You as much as you do with me. Teach me, discipline me that I might follow you and that You would have your way with me. My day is yours, my projects and ministry are yours, do with it what you want. Mold me into who You want me to Be and out of that lead me in what you want me to Do. I want to be a BeDo bearing fruit in every good work for You! May we do out of who You cause us to be!
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Colossians 1:9-12 (ESV)
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Becoming Shaped for Service, Pastor Dick Smith