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The Balance

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The Balance

Most born-again believers would say that they do not feel as if they are doing enough for Christ, but these individuals many times tend not to see what they are doing as beneficial to the kingdom, for they are not large or magnificent events.

The woman that rises early with the Lord on her heart, who prepares the day for her household while contemplating the Scriptures and the Savior is doing far more than she can imagine, and sadly, far more than many who busy themselves with the things of the world, without a thought of the Lord, save for the moments they “need some help.”

There are those who adhere to “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thess. 5:17) Their thoughts are prayers, throughout the day focusing on the needs of others, seeking the Lord’s guidance in the lives of others, with nary a thought to themselves, confident in the knowledge of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

There are those at the other end of the spectrum, the follower of Christ that is perhaps attempting to do too much, spreading themselves so thin that nothing is ever completed in full. They like to call themselves “A” type personalities, and they are indeed many times on fire for Christ, but also, the majority of the time, do not believe that anyone else is capable of doing even one of the tasks that they think are so very important, they will not delegate, and in the rare event that they do, they will hover over that individual, and without attempting to or even recognizing it, they will belittle them by not giving them the trust that was inferred upon them by allowing them to perform what has been laid before them.

In time, usually, these come to see the error of their ways, that they are not God’s special chosen only servant, that all will be done in the Lord’s time. I have met many pastors who have been unable to come to this conclusion though, needing to be a part of every single decision of the church, from the color of the carpet, the paint on the walls, the books in the library, even unto the selecting of the elders and deacons, and not until they say so are any of these tasks completed.

The balance of our walk with Christ can only come from the wisdom of God, and from the complete denial of self, we are to follow Christ, never attempting to have anyone follow us, ever. When we contemplate who God is, we find that all of our knowledge is as nothing in comparison, we find that we are not as necessary as we might like to think, and for those who grow in the knowledge of His grace, (2 Peter 3:18) we find that we are quite content doing just what we have been called to do, not needing to carry even more burdens and crosses.

Many times those who feel as if they are accomplishing very little are much more profitable than they may ever know, and those who need to be a part of everything, have done so much less than what they have believed themselves to have accomplished. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) This is how we begin to contemplate the walk of our life with Christ, we do not tarry behind in the world or attempt to be a part of every service of commitment to His name, and we do not rush ahead, trying to figure out what needs to be done before we are given clear instructions.

To many, this sounds as confusion, as either doing too little or attempting to do too much, but what it is, is the patience of the saints, (Rev. 14:12) it is the peace that passeth all understanding, (Phil. 4:7) it is waiting on the Lord (Psalm 27:14) while taking every step in faith. Those whose one desire it is to glorify the Lord God will find that all they need to do so is always laid before them, what they seek for will be given them, in His time, along with all the necessary tools to accomplish His work, all we need to do is wait patiently while seeking Him earnestly.

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