For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. -Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
God, unless You intervene, I will not be able to….! Do you ever find yourself reminding God about the role He needs to play in a situation? Yesterday I found myself doing just that. I was troubled due to my internet connection being down so I felt the need to have a frank conversation with God. I said, Lord, unless You restore my internet connection I will not be able to post a devotional.
Now that I think back on this, it sounds rather silly that I felt the need to remind God of His role. One thing I failed to recognize is that the passion I have to carry out His will would not be present unless He first placed it within me. I think God, at times, allows things to be shaken up a bit to remind us of who owns the vision. There is such a fine line that exists between having the passion to carry out God’s will and taking ownership of it. If we are not careful, we run the risk of narrowing down our focus to such a point that we actually loose focus of the big picture.
An illustration of an individual taking ownership of something that is not his own is at the forefront of my mind; in this illustration a child is allowed to play with a toy that belongs to his sibling. Things are going really well at the beginning, that is, until it is time to relinquish control. The child is hanging on to it for dear life. It then requires the parent to step in to loosen the grip and remind the child that the toy was not his to begin with.
Lord, help me to keep in the forefront of my mind that I am a mere instrument and that every assignment originates with You, is fueled by You and the outcome resides in You.