Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Balance???

Devotional Reading from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young
      So, should a missionary struggle with balance? What about a Pastor? It has been said that one of the greatest sins (probably even more so in the Western world) is that of 'self-sufficiency'. So what do I mean by 'balance'? On the one hand we recognize our COMPLETE and absolute dependence on God - for anything and everything! It is a great truth: Human efforts = human results, Divine efforts = Divine results. So, whether you/we are missionaries, pastors, or just believers, not involved in formal ministry, we recognize that we need God to be actively involved in our lives, in our efforts to share our faith, in our efforts to live out our faith authentically and vibrantly. Certainly an active prayer life is part of that dependence, and an expression of reliance on God that even Jesus demonstrated during His earthly life.
     So, what's the other part? Each and every human being is also an image bearer, created in the image of God. Although fallen, because of the stain of sin, that image is still there, in each and every one of us. What does that 'image' look like? Wings? NO! God is omniscient (knows everything), and He has given us the ability to think. He is omnipotent (all powerful), and He has given us limited power. He IS love, and has given us the ability to love, etc. etc. This means, from my perspective, that God actually wants me to use the brain He's given me, He wants me to use the gifts He's given me. He calls me to account for the use of the 'talents' entrusted to me (Matthew 25:14-30).
     The balance then, is, on the one hand, using the gifts and abilities God has entrusted to us, while at the same time recognizing, and living in absolute dependence on Him.

      As stated in the quote above, "Don't divide your life into things you can do by your self and things that you require My help. Instead, learn to rely on Me in every situation."

    I'm not sure how that's going for you, but I find that balance difficult to maintain. After doing something for awhile we have a tendency to trust in our own abilities and experience. The absurd thing is that you could actually get to the point of doing God's work without God!! How ludicrous is that! So, we are reminded to keep things in balance, trusting God from day to day while at the same time being good stewards of that which has been entrusted to us.
     All the best as you join me in working at maintaining a healthy balance!! God Bless!

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