Doing the Lord’s work… but out of touch with the Lord. In John 15:5, Jesus said, “Without me ye can do nothing” (KJV). So often we run around all day–busy, busy, busy–and at the end of the day we sit smugly pleased with our efforts. Once the Holy Spirit asked a minister, “What are you doing here?” The minister said, “I’m doing the Lord’s work.” The Lord spoke and said, “I was waiting for you in the prayer room.” Preachers believe that it is their duty to do pastoral work and tend to bleating sheep all day long. The Lord has to rearrange our priorities quite often. Why? Because we are devoted to a pastoral routine for most of the day. Even though that routine is full of good intentions, one of the most important things for us to do is “to be in touch with Jesus.” Only then can we be effective in what He gives us to do.
Much is being said today about intimacy with God. Prayer revives us, gives us insight, and increases the anointing. Paul taught in 2 Corinthians 13:4, “For to be sure, he [Jesus] was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you [to serve you]” (NIV). Paul was saying that when we turn to God, He will impart the strength needed to serve others. Isaiah 40:28-31 teaches that we can get weary doing our duty but in that weariness He gives power and strength. Isaiah also teaches in Isaiah 50:10-11 that if we do not obey the voice of the Lord we will walk in darkness; and, in that darkness when we try to kindle our own fire and create our own light, we will lie down in sorrow (torment). Jeremiah 2:13 puts it this way, that ministries often dig out their own cisterns (watering places), but those cisterns hold no water. The Lord wants us to surrender our own efforts while in the place of intimacy with Him and take on His efforts.
Pastor George Belobaba
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