Sunday Soothings

Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Just as the marathon runner collapses at the finish, so are we to be crossing into glory.

We have each been given work to do. We have all been gifted and given talents to complete that work.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

The work of God is not fulfilled for lack of resources. It is those resources being put into action that is truly lacking. Most churches operate on the 80/20 rule. 80% of the work is done by 20% of the congregation. It is as if an eight cylinder engine were operating on one or two cylinders – no real power. It’s true potential and power unrealized.

The other issue regarding those 20%, is the fact that if they operate in the flesh, they will burnout in time.

I am reminded by this verse not that I will be renewed – that’s God’s part and promise. It is my part;

But they that wait upon the LORD…

When you and I wait upon the Lord, we hear His voice; we know and understand His will; and it is made clear by the confirmation of the Holy Spirit. It takes being able to quiet your soul. It takes being still, listening, and waiting.

In this day and age, you would think there would be an app for that!? I speak as a fool. There is no technology that will ever replace the need for a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Without true discipleship and mentoring in the christian life, we only have a few failures before the devil comes along side and says, “See, I told you this ‘christian’ stuff doesn’t work!” and many fall away before they can ever experience what God desires for us to possess.

Many of those 20% never experience the renewing energy that God gives to His children because they operate in the flesh. We also fail because of pride. We see God’s hand using us and we see fruit. Pretty soon, what used to be a fearful thing is now a confident operation in our life.

Pride will cause us to move when God says ‘Stay a while…’. We press on for the praise of men. We continue because of the perception of others. As I have grown in my relationship with my Heavenly Father, I have found such a need to pull aside and talk with Him about so many things.

I have also been prideful to have left Him behind only to wonder why I am not seeing the fruit I once saw.

If we would just settle in to do our part – “…wait upon the Lord…”, we would begin a journey that would see that renewing energy be a constant flow into our lives.

‘Christian burnout’ is just a cover for not admitting that we are going on without God. We must be filled.

Ephesians 5:17-21 “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

I tried to keep the emphasis and the context together because there is a recipe here for being filled. Our hearts must be free from weights and sin to speak psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. A thankful heart reveals itself to be sincere only through humility. Submission becomes a lifestyle when we don’t care who gets the credit.

In reading this, God may have revealed a need in your life – he has in mine! Take the time to care for the relationship that matters most and all the others will be renewed as He promised!

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