We’ve been talking about rest. This past year I have struggled with truly resting. But, I have never thought about whether my doing FOR God is related to running FROM Him.
Is it possible that my striving is due to my running away from God?
I hadn’t thought of this until I listened to Charles Stanley’s message. In essence, He says,
We are more comfortable rushing about DOING FOR God
…because to stop would mean “embracing the crucified life” …a life that is not my own.
His word of truth brought me up short. Am I willing to lay everything down?
- My dreams
- My hopes
- My agenda and what I think I should be doing FOR God
That’s what God asks. He asked it of Jesus both when He came to dwell with us and in the Garden of Gethsemane. That was the test that Satan put on Jesus in the wilderness.
Am I willing to die to self?
My desire for control recoils at this–even subconsciously. But, I know this is what He is asking of me.
Lay it down.
All of it.
And, to rest in who I am in Christ and because of the cross and let Him assign me tasks according to His will for me and for the benefit of those in my world.
Will you join me in asking the question:
Am I doing FOR God…or running FROM Him?
My prayer is:
“Lord, forgive me for rushing around like the world depends on me. [Click to Tweet This]
Forgive me for filling the empty places with busy things that keep me running and not resting. I lay down my agenda. I lay down my dreams. I surrender my writing, speaking, teaching and the desire to use them for you. I can’t do any of this without you–so without your anointing power and call, I don’t want it. Teach me to rest in the cross and to trust in You alone each day.”
I can’t wait to see what comes from this shift in my thinking. Will you share your thoughts as well?