Looking unto Jesus and not at what we are doing for Him. Too much occupied with our work, we can forget our Master. It is possible to have full hands and an empty heart. When occupied with our Master, we cannot forget our work. If the heart is filled with His love, how can the hands fail to be active in His service?
Whenever serving the Master is approached as ‘our work’ we assume a load of obligation that was never meant for us. All too often we try to find that which is measurable as an indication that we have succeeded in meeting those obligations. This approach will always result in ministry becoming an unintended burden to us.
But what a difference when we let God keep the records; when the Lord directs; when we realize that the Father is more interest in the ‘worker’ than He is in the work. Only as we commit ourselves to our dear Master and leave the results to Him can we be free from the pressure of ‘our work.’ The work of God is never something that can be measured by man. But, oh the satisfaction of faithfully serving because our hearts are filled with His love and then there is joy to see the Lord Jesus’ own working in and through us for His glory.
“My hands were strong in fancied strength,
But not in power divine,
And bold to take up tasks at length,
That were not His but mine.
The Master came and touched my hands,
(And might was in His own!)
But mine since then have powerless been,
Save His are laid thereon.
“And it is only thus,” said He,
“That I can work my works through thee.” Author unknown
And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. Mark 6:31
Can We Pray? Father what a joy to be a part of your redemptive work in the World! What a joy to serve You in serving others! Yet Lord may I follow You into that labor and not get ahead to seek my own agenda or my own posture of success. Let me work only with You and only whereYour strength is poured out for the being and the doing. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen