Friday, May 02, 2008

At the cabin in Tennessee, the week before he went into the hospital.

The power of God resides in each of us that He draws to Himself. So does the power to do nothing.

When God takes a life and uses it in significant ways to further His kingdom, it is all about God's glory and not about the individual. That is as it should be. However, that person has within them the same power to do nothing.

They choose instead, to yield to the Lord all that they are. They do so on a consistent basis. They demonstrate a love for Him over a love for themselves.

The interesting thing about the power to do nothing, is that it nets more than nothing. When we choose to do nothing, where God would have us do something, it glorifies the enemy. It is not just nothing for the sake of nothing that brings harm to no one.

It is nothing when something should have been done, and reduces the individual to an impotent tool of the Master. Guilt often follows swiftly on the heels of disobedience. When nothing is done, then guilt, then justification, then a life emptied of the power of the Cross.

Justification engaged time after time where something should have been done, brings about insensitivity to the Holy Spirit and His attempts to reveal to us where He wants us to do something. This produces a fruitless life that lives to please self.

When we look upon the lives of those like BJ or others you may know, who consistently bring glory to God, the only reason they stand out, is because they refused to do nothing when God wanted them to do something. They establish the habit of responding obediently to the call of Christ, where most opt out.

Many lives that once beat with a heartbeat of Christ's power in their lives, are now empty shells, though they may still be in authority positions within our churches. They set examples that are much easier to follow. They go through motions that seem to point to Jesus, but their actions outside of this Holy venue are void of merit and certainly Christ altering power.

Doing nothing is a lifestyle for many. Oh they may be accomplishing great things by the worlds standards, but as the Word says, "fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames." 1 Cor 3:13-15.

Doing something should not make us proud, only more yielded as we see God's hand at work through us. Those who demonstrate pride in their own work for God are doing harm, unseen to them. One day, they will fall.

Doing nothing for long periods of time is a communicable disease. When unchecked, it wages war against what we are supposed to stand for in Him. The end result looks a lot like our supposed Christian Nation. A people who largely have little impact on the world around them. Unbelievers who want nothing to do with Christianity as they have experienced too many of the nothing-doers who misrepresent their faith on a daily basis.

Who would want faith that had no power?

Not me. I want to see His hand do incredible things through yielded hearts! This can happen. It can happen because the power of God resides in those He draws to Himself.

Do something.



At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless,
Greenfield, Indiana

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN! Get your feet "dirty" walking in obedience! Come out of comfort zones that are complacent and reach beyond your strength relying on HIS! Glory be to God!!

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read last two entries. Thank you for sharing. Especially Thursday's. You have restored my strength for battle. Battle against the inconceivable.
God bless you family.
Yes I'd say BJ was lifted. Awesome photo An awesome young man.
I miss his physical visits here in Indy but rest assured his spirit is present and helps lead and give me strength to continue my journey as God uses me to serve in a way I can not disclose.
Bless you Family
Thank you so much for sharing
A friend in Indianapolis

At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN to that! Thanks for your comments Brent.



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