“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
How often it is, we set out to do the work of the Lord; that which HE gave us to do, and wind up feeling like we’ve been strung out and stranded, because our old, sinful nature wants to rear its ugly head and shout out, “I deserve BETTER than this!”
The truth is, we’ve already been given that which is better than we will ever hope to have of our own frail, human thinking or power. We have the “Hope Of Glory,” that being eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. This, of course, being if you have indeed accepted His free gift of salvation.
I have a friend whose yard sustained some wind damage, many years ago. One of his favorite trees had suffered a bad split, where two main branches had joined. Not wanting to give up on this tree, my friend set about to try to save it, by using a cable hand-winch to pull the lower, weaker branch back up to meet it’s larger brother branch where the two had split, then covered the injury with pruner’s patch to give it time and space to heal. As time went on, his work called him to another town, and his house and yard pretty much set empty for a number of years. For every storm that came upon us, that cable held.
Upon one of his return visits, he invited me over to take a look at his tree. Looking at the area where it had once been broken, we could clearly see that the branches stood strong and true, but had grown so much over the years that the winch was now broken, and its cable enveloped by the branches!
We had done what we could for the little tree; but our little part became overpowered by God’s own design and healing. WE did not heal the tree, but had only helped it along in a way that came alongside God’s plan and design. Even moreso, we had tried to help TOO MUCH, as God’s healing far exceeded that which we had attempted.
In Luke 12:27, Jesus says, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.”
Yes, we may feel lost and alone; we may feel parched and thirsty in a foreign land; we may feel that (as we attempt to the will of the Father) we are alone and even conspired against, or that our little bit of influence is of no difference in God’s plan. Yet, we each must realize that God’s plan involves and utilizes us as he sees fit, as each has need, and as His Will calls for.
Let us yield to His service, today and everyday, knowing that our own limitations are destined for His Glory.
In This Episode:
Terrance Alan– I Will Instruct You
Wendell Austin Stumble and Fall
Tim Keesee Christian Soldiers
John Paulus God Tied A Knot
The Victorymen Victory’s On The Other Side
Instruments Of Faith We Will Follow
The Missourians Did Angels Cry
Billy Sea Jr. I’ll Give You Rest Tonight
Eric Gordon I Need My Lord
Timothy Charles Lead Me Lord
Micky Alexander Ministries Where the Guilt Stops
Mary Alice Vanderwaters Til The Day That I Fly
Cross Connections His Mercy Endureth Forever
Signature Quartet Someone Who Cares
The Burneys Lord Send Your Angels
Won Heart I’ve Had Enough
Chuck Clark He Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Wild Heard Farther Along