Thursday 22 March 2018

Devotional Tea 32: Doing the Works of God

Scripture: John 6:28-29 (NKJV):

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

The snare in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you…If you make usefulness the test, then Jesus Christ was the greatest failure that ever lived. The lodestar of the saint is God Himself, not estimated usefulness. It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him. (Oswald Chambers)
It is God who works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. [Philippians 2:13] It is never about what we can do. It is always about that which He does in and through us. That is what gives God pleasure. Our place is to wait on Him to receive and run with His commissioning. It is not about the works. It is about whether they are God commissioned or not. That in no way to take away the place of taking initiatives. However, our initiatives must always rest on that which God has approved and commissioned.

We are not called to do our own thing. We are called to reflect the Father. We are called to do the will of God. We are called to cause His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in Heaven. That is the example Christ showed us. We have no other mandate.

Further Reading: 2 Samuel 7; Matthew 6:9-13, 7:21-23; John 15:18-20.

Prayer: Lord, teach me to wait.

Devotional Tea 31: Watch, Pray and Keep Watching
Devotional Tea 33: Actively Waiting

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