Finish Strong 1/22/2018




 Colossians 3:23

 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”

 

When I first chose this topic and verse, I was told that it was about trusting in the Lord in all we do. But, when I read it, my mind said, “What does this have to do with trusting the Lord? This is all about working for the Lord, not trusting.  How am I supposed to write about this?” But then, as my thought process chugged away, I was led to the conclusion that working for the Lord is trusting Him! Now, I am a very hard headed person and so I pushed it off in my mind that this message was not for me. I was just the writer…

 

The fact is, I am called to be “just the writer.” Today’s verse reminds us that you don’t have to do something so drastic as dedicating your life to being a missionary and going to foreign countries to use our gifts and serve the Lord. The main point of this verse is – no matter what you do for work, you are serving the Lord as long as you do it for Him and not to boost your own pride. I can tell you from personal experiences that when you humble yourself and really direct your actions towards His end game you get a lot more out of that experience.

 

Now you ask, “What are you getting at? What does this have to do with trusting in Him?” Everything! Serving the Lord is not just something that you commit to without trusting in Him.  When you serve Him, He will stretch you bit by bit to where it feels uncomfortable, because it is different. We need to realize that the best way to adjust is to dwell in Him and strengthen ourselves in His glory.

 

The relationship built while serving Him both grows our relationship with, and our trust in, Him. We must first dwell in Him so that when we go back out into the world to disciple in our own original way, it is more comfortable because of the relationship and the trust that was built in that sacred time spent with Him.

 

The catch is, once you are comfortable in your new “bubble,” He will begin to spiritually stretch you again and, like the rings on a tree, you will grow in wisdom and become stronger than the young sapling you once were.

 

I choose to be “the writer” because I get to dwell in his presence and inspire others to do the same. In doing so, I then become not only the writer of my life but also the writer of my eternal destiny.

 

What gift do you choose to dwell on and put your faith in? How will you use that gift to work for the Almighty King?

 

~Jeanie Mahon

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