Sometimes it seems we can get so caught up in trying so hard to make sure the things we do and say are what the Lord would have us do that we lose the joy of doing it. It turns to worry. We should take His teachings to heart, take comfort in His rod and His staff, and just let our cup run over. This is another lesson I learned lately. It is imperative to be in line with the Word in anything we do, but let that be instruction and not something that stills the joy of doing it.
I always pray i don’t hinder God’s work in someone. Although, He has the power to make our paths toward only Him when He is working with us. As in, we don’t hear or see anyone else at the time. He is such a powerful God. I saw His power in the dream I posted yesterday about the clouds. Psalm 68:34 speaks of His strength being in the clouds. He is such an awesome God and very capable of protecting us.
In His teaching, this morning I came upon 1 Corinthians 15:58. It reads – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that YOUR LABOUR IS NOT IN VAIN in the Lord.
Paul called us beloved brethren and told us to be steadfast and faithful; keep going. We all have a different calling on our lives to serve the Lord. We should do it with joy. We may not always agree, and we may sometimes voice that disagreement, but we are still brothers in Christ.
I don’t have much opportunity to get out and get out alone, but a few days ago I did. I enjoyed that so much with the Lord. We had conversations and we did things together for other people. I’d get back in my car and cry for joy. I know He enjoyed it as much as I did. I wasn’t worried what anybody thought. I wasn’t worried that anybody would say, ‘no, you shouldn’t do it that way’. It was just me and the Lord feeling the joy of being together. Serving Him is a joy. It’s not something we do to get to heaven.
At one point I ran into an elderly lady. After a brief conversation we parted and I heard ‘she’s Jehovah’s Witness’. She had been confused at my openness, my joy, and my willingness to be generous to her about something. (I don’t talk about what the Lord and I do together on these rare fun days.) Later in the parking lot, she came up to me with that same confusion in her eyes. She said she was Jehovah’s Witness. I told her I know. That brought on more confusion. She began to talk to me about her faith and in the end I said ‘That won’t do you any good but we are still sisters in Christ’. She slowly knodded yes and in her confusion went on her way. I just continued my afternoon with the Lord. The only thing I could figure in Him pointing her out to me to begin with is He planted a seed.
I love His lessons but this day was particularly joyful. And the verse this morning that nothing we do for Him is in vain let me know that it is all for His glory so don’t worry or be afraid. Enjoy serving.