Friday, April 26, 2013

Good work is received.

Our job is always a large part of our lives. In the past when I go to work the way I see it is that I need to get the job done. I hope to do good work each and every day. And that's good. But it puts the pressure on me to do it. My hope is that God will bless me so that I can do a good day's work. But because I am not perfect and many times the conditions are not ideal, things don't get done the way I wanted. That brings frustrations. And I feel responsible for the failures.

To this point you might not have realized what is wrong with what I was doing. The problem is that I feel responsible for my job. Good as that is, it is wrong. God is responsible for my job. By thinking that it is up to me to do the job well, I only get in the way. Even if I am asking for His blessings, it is to help do my thing. It should have been me watching Him do His thing in my life. Not Him helping me do my thing in my life. There is a big difference.

The question is: "Who has the control?" Me or Him? I need to pass that control to Him. Again, it is about casting our cares to the Lord (I have an earlier post on that). For the things we care about, we are so afraid to lose control. We could not let Him handle it on our behalf. But to have victory in that area, we need to surrender the control of that area to our Lord. For me my work gets me. For you it can be your children. It can be your marriage. It can be finances. Or anger management. Or an addiction. As long as you feel you are responsible for it, it will get you. But we are not supposed to be final person responsible for it. We belong to God.
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me. (Gal 2:20, WEB)
My realization started last year when I begin to think that if Jesus has done all the work and said it is finished (John 19:30), then it means all the blessings I need is accomplished by Him. Perhaps I can receive His finished work into my life. So I begin to confess everyday to receive the Lord's finished work into my life as I do my job. I speak it to receive it. It is simple. Every day I tell the Lord, "Lord, today I receive your finished work in my life." I still do what I can. But now whenever something good happens, I know it is a finished work that I receive. In that way, I do not consider that it is me who is responsible to produce results. I still do my job, but I obtained results from Jesus. I rely on Him for the results.

I cannot begin to tell you how well it works out for me. I begin to obtain results in my work that I have not seen in all my years of work. Jesus' finished work is simply amazing. To do this, you need to let go. Let go trying to be the person responsible to produce results for your area of concerns. You might not be ready right now to do this. But it is good to consider this, and perhaps one day you will be ready to let go, and receive Jesus' work instead.

It did not make me lazy. In fact, it makes me a lot more effective and I become calmer. I think sometimes we are too hard up for results and we lose our cool. Only when we hand the responsibility over to our Lord can we ever be calm and collected all the time. Our trust is now placed in Him. And the Lord never fails. After showing me the results of trusting in Him, the Lord also shared with me a verse to back this up.
4But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; 8for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, that no one would boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2, WEB)
The supporting verse is Ephesians 2:10, but I also produce a few verses prior to that so that you can see the whole context. It is linked to how even in our salvation, it is a gift and not a work. And we are alive together with Him and not apart from Him. And how wonderful that the Word says that we are created by God for good works, which He has prepared for us to walk in them! Praise God! The Lord did not just saved us. But He knows we need to do good even when we are alive to feel fulfilled. And even that He has prepared for us! Praise God!

So beloved, knowing this, we can rest. Rest while we work. The great apostle Paul knew about this.
But by the grace of God I am what I am. His grace which was bestowed on me was not futile, but I worked more than all of them; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (1Cor 15:10, WEB)
So knowing this, stop striving. It is a grace. Receive Jesus' finished work instead in your area of challenge. Relax. People will begin to see the difference in you. Where before you were anxious, hard up, now you will be calm, relaxed, composed. And when good things happen without you striving for it, they will know it is our God and not us and give praises to Him. They will see that you are set apart (made holy). And they will want your God.

Shalom. 

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