Category: Faith at Work Devotional
In verse three of his second letter, Peter reminds us of the simple fact that we have a divine calling and everything we need for a life of godliness has either already been given to us or will be made available when we need it. In other words, God has given us everything we need to live a holy and complete life. And how are we to do this?
Maintaining a high-energy evangelistic lifestyle isn't easy, is it? Sometimes our passion for personal outreach begins to flicker. Call it unspiritual. Call it sin. But let's be honest enough to call it what it undeniably is: very, very real. So what can we do about it? Here are some steps I take when these doldrums hit.
Many times in our churches we hear the call to prayer for this or that person or problem. We learn about the importance of prayer in our lives and in our development in Christ. We learn more about conversing with God on retreats, through one another, in books on the subject, but mainly through the practice of prayer. We have likely heard the good counsel that we should be praying not only for, but with our spouses, family members, friends and co-workers.
I remember the day my youngest daughter suggested "family therapy." My immediate reaction was that my daughter was simply trying to deflect her issues on me instead of going through the hard work that she needed to do. How wrong I was! As we went through therapy together, I learned what Jesus so wisely taught: that you must first get healthy yourself in order to be any help to another.
God tells us if we go about faith in small ways, our returns will be small. But if we go about faith in big ways the harvest will be huge - not only in our lives, but in the lives of others. But whatever you choose to invest whether it's your time, your heart, your resources, whatever, God calls you and me to do so with a cheerful heart. You choose to do it, because you want to, not because you have to!
When I think of the wisdom and scope of God's plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it.
Many of us in the business and professional world are accustomed to relying on a variety of resources: banks; key staff members; well-conceived goals; strategic plans; experience and expertise; personal finances. We pride ourselves at "pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps." Yet at times we must concede even our best efforts - and all of the resources we can muster - are not enough to overcome the obstacles we confront. At times like these, I have often remembered Jesus' admonition: "Apart from Me, you can do nothing" (John 15:5).