Its true, times have been difficult. And I admit, its been tempting to throw in the towel. But I am reminded that my story and testimony is made up of friends in my life who did not throw in the towel during life’s hardest trials. And because of their stories through those hard times, God was magnified, and I was challenged to pursue a real relationship with Christ in ways i never had before. God worked through them to change me. It’s not necessarily the great and mighty acts of service they did for Him, but what He did through them. The other day, I turned to the online version of My Utmost for His Highest in hope that something would resonate with me. Usually this is just another devotional that doesnt ever apply to me, but that day it did. I was really challenged, and it renewed something within me. I’m posting it below. How often do we remember that it is what He does through us that matters, not what we do for Him? Dang. I have so much to learn.
AM I CONVINCED BY CHRIST?
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not . . . , but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19, 20
Jesus Christ says, in effect, Don’t rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me. The snare in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you. You never can measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related to Jesus Christ. Keep your relationship right with Him, then whatever circumstances you are in, and whoever you meet day by day, He is pouring rivers of living water through you, and it is of His mercy that He does not let you know it. When once you are rightly related to God by salvation and sanctification, remember that wherever you are, you are put there by God; and by the reaction of your life on the circumstances around you, you will fulfil God’s purpose, as long as you keep in the light as God is in the light.
The tendency today is to put the emphasis on service. Beware of the people who make usefulness their ground of appeal. If you make usefulness the test, then Jesus Christ was the greatest failure that ever lived. The lodestar of the saint is God Himself, not estimated usefulness. It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him. All that Our Lord heeds in a man’s life is the relationship of worth to His Father. Jesus is bringing many sons to glory.