You know, Jesus Himself said “…the Son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing.”
How many times as Christians do we try to do things on our own, not even stopping to ask God if He is in it, let alone doing it first. To paraphrase Henry Blackaby, author of “Experiencing God”, Look around you. Do you see God doing something? OK then, go join Him in that.
Looking to see what God is doing is not a bad idea when we are trying to figure out what we should be doing. The Holy Spirit, in His role of guide, often opens our eyes to what God is doing so that we will join Him in that endeavor. Simple , huh?
Often the problem is that we look at ourselves first. What am I able to do? What are my talents or gifts? What interests me? What have I done in the past? What do I feel guilty about not doing? As we plan “our work” for God, when we start with these questions, we almost always either fail or have success that has no lasting spiritual effect.
God Himself wants us to succeed in our work so it only makes sense that He would be the one to reveal what He wants us to do. Look and see where and what he is doing. Ask Him, “Lord is that what you want me doing?”
Randy Thomas wrote in a Praise song in the late 1970’s the idea here.
“I must wait on the Lord. And learn my lessons well, in His timing He will tell me what to do, where to go, what to say.”
Well what is that lesson? Wait and watch. Wait on God to reveal His work as we watch for Him to be doing that work. Then, join Him in it.
I know a man who saw God working in the hearts of a whole bunch of kids who live not far from the church. These are kids who wouldn’t normally be here on Sunday. This man decided that since God was working in those kids, he’d join Him in the work. Jim now meets with those kids every Sunday morning to give them breakfast, a simple teaching, and a godly man’s influence.
What do you see God doing right now. I see Jesus working in the hearts of people of FCAC, preparing them to do His work. I see Him giving them a vision, an expectation of the future ministry reaching our community for Jesus. I see Him preparing them to be His advance army, breaking the chains of darkness that hold our community.
So I’m joining Him in that work.