Looking unto Jesus and not at the sincerity of our intentions and at the strength of our resolutions. How often the most excellent intentions have only prepared the way for the most humiliating falls. Let us stand not on our intentions, but on His love; not on our resolutions, but on His promise.
So often the best we can say of a bad outcome is, “We meant well.” But is it always so? More often the reason for the sad outcome is that, “We thought well.” We thought well of our intelligence. We thought well of our ingenuity. We thought well of our statements of purpose and vision and mission. We thought well of our plans and our programs and our presentations. We thought well of our ability; of our activity. We thought well of our self less intentions even as we thought well of our selves. And so thinking well of ourselves we thought we meant well of others.
How often sad outcomes would be avoided if we thought less of ourselves and thought more of Jesus; if we moved more immediately with the impulse of his love and more faithfully with trust in his promises!
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. II Corinthians 4:5-7
Can We Pray? O God make me quick to follow were you lead. Father, I will not think less of myself until I learn to think more of the Lord Jesus. Turn my eyes to see him and follow him where he leads. He himself said he did nothing apart from your will and your leading. So may I learn to trust in nothing but you, your pure spirit of love, your sure ground of promise. Help me to be excused of myself. Replace self confidence with a confidence in your sovereign hand and so liberate me to act more readily to your Spirit’s moving. In Jesus Name Amen.