Last week I started a new job. I am now a pastor with come2go ministries, which is a dynamic church community that has taken a pretty unique approach to connecting with and reaching the people in the Ft. Wayne area. I’m excited to be part of the team and I have all kinds of ideas and energy for the work I will be doing so I’m ready to dive right in and get busy. One of the things I have learned about myself over the years is that I can have a tendency to create expectations for myself that far exceed what is reasonable. My tendency (especially at the beginning) is to want to over exert myself to prove my worth. Fortunately I have realized this about myself and have come to a place where it is less of a struggle, but it still resides in the back of my mind… ready to surface, especially at the start of something new. God has blessed me with certain abilities and I want to treat those abilities as gifts and use them well — no problem there. Where I run into trouble is when I rely so heavily on what I can do that I can end up pushing God aside. In essence I end up asking God to bless me in what I am doing rather than joining in what GOD is doing. I’m reading through Ephesians over the next couple of days (feel free to join me) and this morning I came across this great reminder in chapter 2:
9Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. — Ephesians 2:9-10 (NLT)
God is not looking for me to somehow prove my worth… God has already deemed me worthy. God is not looking for me to develop into some kind of super human servant… God has already made me his masterpiece. God has plans for me, but I am not left to carry them out by own devices. He has given me a new life IN JESUS so that he can accomplish all that he has planned through my hands and feet.
Jesus, what would you have me join with you in doing today? Who would you have me bless? Thank you for my salvation given free. Give me the faith to share it freely.