Thursday, May 2, 2013

Doing God's Job

We have a phrase in real estate. If a system within a house (electrical, plumbing, roofing, foundation, HVAC, etc.) is doing its job, it is "performing the function for which intended." The roof was built to keep you dry and it should be doing just that and on and on and on.

I was created for a reason, too. To do things like loving God with all my heart, soul, and mind and loving my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:37-39), and good works (Ephesians 2:10), and, as the Westminster Shorter Catechism says, "to glorify God and enjoy him forever." But I find that I really don't spend much time performing the function for which intended because I am too busy performing functions that God never, ever intended me to perform at all. I can't do my job because I am too stinking busy doing God's job . . . or at least trying to—with miserable results.

It is time to get this through my thick head:
  • I wasn't created to build my kingdom on this earth. That includes having the house I want in the place I want it with the weather that I want around it and the stuff I want in it.
  • I wasn't created to impress people and make them think highly of me and put me on a pedestal because that is where I get my worth.
  • I wasn't created to worry about my appearance.. . . how pretty or fit or thin or young I look or what I wear.
  • I wasn't created to defy gravity or the aging process.
  • I wasn't created to get things done at the expense of loving other people.
  • I wasn't created to work the system in my favor and "fake it til you make it."
  • I wasn't created to so that the world could revolve around me.
  • I wasn't created to come up with all the answers.
  • I wasn't created to create my children in my own image.
  • I wasn't created to be the Holy Spirit to my children.
  • I wasn't created to believe in myself or follow my heart.
  • I wasn't created to fear or huddle in a corner in self-protection.
  • I wasn't created to fret while the nations rage.
  • I wasn't created to have my life wrapped up in a neat and tidy box.
  • I wasn't created to be in control of my world at all.
I was created by God for his pleasure and his glory. To love him. To love my neighbor. To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with him. (Micah 6:8). I can leave the rest up to him. That's his job after all.

1 comment:

  1. In doing retreats as a teen and young adult, we always used to say "Let go, and let God." It's a good thing to remember.