Sunday, July 26, 2009

Knowing Him

(Photo taken last week looking over Strangford Lock towards Scrabo Tower)

I found an old journal from a few years ago and as I was looking through it I saw this sections of a book that I had written down.

"The comradeship of God is made up out of men who know their poverty. He can do nothing with the man who thinks that he is of use to God.
As Christians we are not out for our own cause at all, we are out for the cause of God, which can never be our cause. We do not know what God is after, but we have to maintain our relationship with Him what ever happens. We must never allow anything to injure our relationship with God; if it does get injured we must take time and get it put right.
The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain
and the atmosphere produced by that realtionship.
That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is being continually assailed.
(emphasis added by me)

I'm not sure where it's from but it might be from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

It reminded me that the important thing is our relationship to God. Out of that He produces the work. He needs us to be in the right place with Him before he can use us. Most of us focus on what we feel "called" to or what we can do for God. But it's not so much about what we do, it's about how well we know Him.

I know I get caught up into praying "What is it exactly that you want me to do Lord?"
What we need is to start at the beginning by maintaining and growing in our walk personally with God. Then out of that we will naturally do His will. We may not even realize we are being used by God. But that keeps us from becoming proud which we know is a sin. And as we are "working" for God and keeping our focus on Him we won't get burnt out because it's not about the work we are doing, it's about God and our relationship to Him! And really anything we do can be done as an offering to Him if we are walking in fellowship with Him.

Does that make sense?

What do you think? I hope you all are having a great weekend!


Angela said...

Wow, Melissa! That was amazing! And so true. It reminds me of another great quote (can't remember who said it) that true ministry is merely the overflow of what God is already doing in us.

Thanks for sharing this!

Kristen said...

Loved that post! You are so right! Our relationship with God is always number one! Always!

Markus and Sarah said...

Amen! :-) Loved this post. A great reminder of how important our walk with the Lord is.