If you haven't read Oswald's Chambers' My Upmost for His Highest, you should. It is a daily devotion filled with wisdom and truth and inspiration. I flipped my copy open to the May 18th page yesterday (Wrong date,I know, I'm a rebel like that.) and the words filled my soul. Here is what they said:
LIVE SIMPLY-YET FOCUSED
Look at the birds of the air...Consider the lilies of the field....(Matthew 6:26,28)
"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin"--they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars, and the moon--all of these simply are as well--yet what a ministry and service they render on our behalf! So often we impair God's designed influence, which He desires to exhibit through us, because of our own conscious efforts to be consistent and useful. Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God. In essence, Jesus was saying, "Do not worry about being of use to others; simply believe on Me." In other words, pay attention to the Source, and out of you "will flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38). We cannot discover the source of our natural life through common sense and reasoning, and Jesus is teaching here that growth in our spiritual life comes not from focusing directly on it, but from concentrating on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances,and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spiritually--just as "the lilies of the field."
The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and "the lilies of the field"--simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us.
If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him., and He will make use of you every minute you live--yet you will be unaware on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him.
What a beautiful reminder of how simple it is to be used by God. We are not expected to be strong in ourselves, but our strength comes from our Father. This morning before school, my kids and I were reading the story of Gideon, who led an army of 300 men to victory over 135,000 men. God doesn't need us to be strong. He needs us to be available. How can you be available to Him today? What do you do to focus on Him?
My heart's desire is to live in this way. Simply, yet focused. Have a blessed day!
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