For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? - Heb 9:13-14 NKJV
I feel that I have to stop and catch my breath as the past couple of weeks have caught up with me in a big way. Does anyone else wish that they had more hours in the day? more days in the week? Last week I was out of town speaking in St. Louis, MO & Jefferson City, MO for several Stonecroft Ministries groups. While the trip was fun and energizing in its own way, it was also exhausting. The great part is that I was privileged enough to share the gospel message of salvation and powerful living to over 200 ladies.
I don't know what I would do if I didn't have a relationship with God through His son Jesus Christ. I really don't. I know that sometimes I neglect Him as I have this terrible tendency to buzz through life in my busyness, relying on my own strength rather than His. But He does remain faithful in providing me strength regardless of my ways. My constant prayer is that I would learn to rely on Him more each day, putting the "to do" list aside for some extra moments of quiet with Him. Isn't it funny how when we need God's strength the most, we feel too busy to tap into to that Power Source?
In my reading through Hebrews 8-10 yesterday, I was reminded again of the futility of my ways. As I read about the sacrifices made in biblical times by the Jews for the atonement of sins and how much they had to offer up their sacrifices, I thought of my "sacrifices" and the works of my hands as compared to what Jesus can do and has done. Jesus sacrifice on the cross was a once and for all sacrifice, powerful enough to do the job so that it did not need to be repeated over and over as the former sacrifices needed to be. How much more then, would God be able to accomplish through me if I lived a life in complete surrender, praying for His strength and guidance before I lifted a finger or attempted to use my meager brain power for anything? Would my time spent in prayer and not "doing" something allow me to get my projects or duties done more efficiently? I think so. More prayer would definitely make my works more alive than dead. But it is easier said than done for this poor type A personality. Working less is definitely hard work. :)
Pulse Check: Are your works "dead" or "alive"?
1) How much do you rely on yourself to get things done?
2) How can you rely on God more and less of yourself? What would that look like in your world?
3) What practical step can you take this week to have more of God and less of yourself in your life and your plans?