September 17, 2011
“Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 New American Standard
It’s hard to let go of “our stuff”. We like to think our plans are good. We like to think that our motives are pure .. even if we know there are hidden sparks inside our heart that we are “hoping” will end up for “our” good. But when we invite the Lord .. the Creator of work .. into our plans, we are “doing” the work He planned in us. How? By letting the Lord .. the Abiding One .. the Indwelling One lead our steps. The world says “You” plan and decide and do your best. If it succeeds you are blessed. But Jesus’ greatest success was surrendering His plans to his Father’s plan. In fact .. Jesus’ whole plan was not to do his will but His Father’s will. What this means it takes time .. deliberate time .. inconvenient time to “commit” your plans to the Lord. It usually gets pretty personal in these matters. The Holy Spirit is graciously working in your life to free you from the crushing burden of shouldering “your” plans. He’s really inviting you to step into the Lord’s plans that personally involve you.what are you shouldering today? Are you lifting more than you should or committing it all the Lord. No one can answer that for you. But you know what or who is driving you inside. And those plans of yours ….? It only takes a moment.
“To that they said, “Well, what do we do then to get in on God’s works? Jesus said, Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works?” John 6:28-29 The Message
Ken Chester and Britt Chester: Grace-gripped is sent M-F God’s Great Works following His Son. (firstname.lastname@example.org) ***** Special thanks to my son for calling from Denver when he passed this verse written on a public space. God sure does good work!!!