It’s Okay To Be…

Posted: June 17, 2013 in Wandering Thoughts
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Abraham Lincoln said, “Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of  what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will  do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has  done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing.”

Those words carry much wisdom and apply to any topic. Today i am considering them in regards to my spiritual walk, as in my relationship with the Father. i am proud of what i do well, because i recognize that it is [Not in my own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in me [energizing and creating in me the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. Philippians 2:13

There is a story in John 6:27 where Jesus is having a conversation about what He wants the people to do well. “Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes [in the using], but strive and work and produce rather for the [lasting] food which endures [continually] unto life eternal; the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that, for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him.

They then said, What are we to do, that we may [habitually] be working the works of God? [What are we to do to carry out what God requires?]

Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].

That should be the end of the conversation right? Wrong!

Therefore they said to Him, What sign (miracle, wonderwork) will You perform then, so that we may see it and believe and rely on and adhere to You? What [supernatural] work have You [to show what You can do]?

Did they miss the “believe in the One Whom He has sent?” Didn’t they hear “Have faith in His Messenger?” These people are like the later as Lincoln put it, they perform a little imperfectly, they look at it with disgust, turn from it, and imagine themselves exceedingly tired. Then the little they have done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing. It is only through faith in the messenger that i will cleave to, trust, and rely on Him. Thus i can be proud of the work i do well.

In closing i’m going to borrow these words from Paul when he says, i do not consider, brethren, that i have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing i do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

i press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling me upward.

So let me who is spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect i have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to me also.

Only let me hold true to what i have already attained and walk and order my life by that.

Thus it’s okay for me to be a man proud of what i do well; my heart in my work; and i do twice as much of it with less fatigue.


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