Don’t Make It About You
by Katherine Russell
Have you ever wondered why things seem to go awry when you are dead in the heat of doing God’s work? You are pouring all of your energy, resources into a project to help the homeless, feed the hungry, adopt the fatherless, encourage the widows and the lonely and find yourself frustrated?
This all sounds like the perfect will of God, doing the good works that He created you to do. He told us to let our light so shine that men could see our good works, that He might be glorified in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) But why do we find ourselves exhausted, out of ideas, and do not see the results we anticipated?
Could it be because that even though we love the Lord and desire to please Him, that we are seeking the approval of others? Are we quick to deny this or are we mature enough to consider the possibility?
Psalm 139 teaches us that God knows everything. “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.” (Psalm 139:1-4)
Let there be no doubt! Even when we deceive ourselves, God knows the root and reasons we do what we do. We end up working in our own strength, our own knowledge, our own vision and need the approval of others to encourage us on. We need that affirmation that what we are doing is worthy and appreciated by others……..and when that does not happen, we find ourselves in great pressure and stress.
We must know our reasons for doing what we do. We must learn to discern the intent of our heart which is deceitful above all things. From experience I know that we can begin with the right intentions but cross the line somewhere along the way and our goals become perverted. God will help us make sure that our works are pure and will stand the test of time, even when our bodies do begin to wear out. All we have to do is ask.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there be any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
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