Revelation – Jesus is Coming Back!
It’s one of Satan’s best tools. He strikes when we are hard at work doing good. He works on our heart and tells us, “It’s all up to me, I must work harder.” “If I don’t do it, it won’t get down.” “I must volunteer, again, five years in a row, or nobody else will do it.” “I must make a list so I can organize every minute to make the most of every hour of this day.” “There are so many needs, I must answer.” We were created to be doers, but we were also created to love God FIRST and listen to what HE wants for us to do. This world will never run out of ways to be helped, but that doesn’t mean I am the one to do all of it. Let’s get “I” out of the equation.
It is easy to say yes to as many ministry tasks as we can possibly fit in to one day and completely disregard God’s will for us. Why? We have audacious egos. Satan feeds on prideful egos. We feel we must do this or that because we feel good doing it. Did you get that? It makes US feel of value, important and even puffed up with pride.
Another weakness Satan camps on is our own self made busyness. If he can keep us busy in all kinds of tasks, he can then easily manipulate our thoughts with doing more and more while neglecting our time with God and time with our precious, immediate family members. At the end of the day, what have really accomplished? A list checked off or a “yoke fitting” with God, Himself?
Don’t you love it when a pastor talks mostly about his list that he has accomplished or about to accomplish without mentioning God and what he wants? (We are warned by James of saying we will do this or that without saying “if it is God’s will.”) I’ve seen it on social media. How sad that we feel we must justify ourselves in this manor. It comes from others’ demands on our time. So we feel we must justify by listing our hourly accomplishments.
The church at Ephesus was guilty of losing their first love, Jesus Christ. They were busy, tenancious church workers but lost perspective. They lost the “why” of the doing. We lose the “why” when we stop the being with God first. This happens quickly before we know what is happening and then we wonder why we are over our heads and feel overwhelmed in the work. Love God first, then love on His church who are humans trying to do the same. More people will be drawn to find and follow the Jesus in us…than in the number of tasks we are doing.
Let’s BE with God first, ask what HE wants, then do it with all our heart, mind and soul. When He invites us to His work, He will fit us with His yoke to do what He asks that fits us perfectly without overloading us. By the way, He doesn’t even need us to do His work, but He invites us to it out a love for us, knowing we want to love Him back driving a desire to give back. We worship Him, then, by doing what He asks us to join Him in doing. We don’t get this until we first BE with God with open eyes and ears to listen. BE then do. We must not get that backwards.
Never pray God bless our plans. Pray instead for the success of us accomplishing HIS will, plan and purpose. Many church boards work long hours in management and planning then offer, (seems foolish to even write this), a prayer at the end, asking God to bless what they have labored over and written down. Yikes!
What or Who is your first love? What is the first thought you have when you rise for the day?
I know that secular jobs have certain tasks that are required to get the job down in an orderly manner. First being with God before doing what is required still applies. Paul reminds us to work as doing it for God…this is worship of Him! We will please God when our first thoughts are love for Him before doing anything. AND others around you will get a glimpse of Him as you work.
Revelation 2, The Message
2 Write this to Ephesus, to the Angel of the church. The One with Seven Stars in his right-fist grip, striding through the golden seven-lights’ circle, speaks:
2-3 “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out.
4-5 “But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall!
“Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.
6 “You do have this to your credit: You hate the Nicolaitan business. I hate it, too.
7 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God’s orchard.”
BE still and know that I am God.
BE still and know.
In Jesus Name, Amen