God is not some C.E.O of a corporation, which needs marketing and advertising departments, or solicitors calling out to drum up business. "Whoever has ears, let them hear." God is Lord of all life. If we give Him our Trust, our Faith, and our Obedience, then He will direct our duties. Our only mission is to do what He Wills us to do. Sometimes we make the mistake of doing and being a little extra. In this extra, we feel the need to create an image of God that people are attracted to: God the Blessing Machine, God the Money Maker, God the Golden Calf. For the most part, I don't think "I AM" has ever been enough for mankind because we are ALWAYS wanting more. Agur, son of Jakeh says to God, “Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God." We find it hard to accept the "enough" that God provides. Jesus was more than enough, but we tend to only partially accept Him. We take the blessings, the healings, and the salvation, putting it on rose colored stain glass, saying this is it! This is all we need! This is all there is to know and to teach!! We leave off the sufferings because it does not sell as well as a financial blessing. We leave off the sacrifice because we need to maintain headcounts and rosters.
Paul states to the Corinthians, "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor." I find in this corporate mentality that we tend to hover over the seeds, trying to force growth. We try to shape the seeds into puzzle pieces, perfect only to our "companies" and not necessarily to the universal Body of Christ. We often over-water, making it our personal responsibilities to grow what God simply asked us to plant and walk away from. "Rivers of Living Water" do not cease their flow. When we stop to focus on doing God's job, we become stagnant ponds, creating an even more dangerous environment for the newly sprouted saplings in Christ. We hinder the fullness of God's Will in these lives, serving more as obstacles than His "way-makers." Now, what does such involvement say about our Faith and Trust in the One who has sent us? When we refuse to keep it moving, we exhibit a doubt that is displeasing to God. God's Will for us is ever before us, not behind us, and certainly not standing still. His Will is for us to progress through life, more and more, everyday toward Him. Out prime example of how to do this is found in Jesus Christ, the FULL story! The good, the bad, and the ugly are all involved. It's Truth! It's reality! To all my Pastors, Preachers, and Teachers: DO YOU SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, SO HELP YOU GOD??
I'm not sure where I am going with this, but this was on my mind this morning. I feel what I feel in my heart, and all I can say is "Whoever has ears, let them hear."
HAPPY TUESDAY! I LOVE YOU ALL!! May God meet every need in the lives of you all! Amen!
Bryan Hollomon Williams