I have been challenged lately by this ever growing thought: God is more concerned about why and how I do what I do, than simply what I do. There has got to be a clearer way to say that, but it’s the best I can do after a long day!
Within obedience, within the realm of the priorities and callings, within the confines of the things He has put in our path or clearly is asking us to do right now, He is asking for more. And it’s all for our good, a more abundant life, that He is doing so. He is saying, “Okay. Now You see I have put you there…in that family, in that marriage, with those kids, in that job, with that special circumstance. You’re surrendered to Me, and I appreciate that. Now onto Phase Two. The “what” is answered; make sure you know the “why” (because you’ll be blessed if you know, it gives it all a whole new meaning, even if the answer is just because He said so!) and make sure you pay attention to the “how” (again, you’ll be blessed.)
Parenting. I’m not allowed to just do it. I have to let the Holy Spirit in me, the fragrance of Christ, lead my words, tones, actions. Gee whiz. I don’t have that kind of patience and calm…but He does, and if I am dwelling with Him, in tune with Him, it will be there in reserve when I need it. Being a housewife. Making a CD. Praying for others. Caring about family, friends, and others around the world. He’ll lead the way in regard to “what” I do…I used to care so much about the “what” that I would have given up a relationship with Him for a roadmap! Thank God He didn’t allow that option.
My prayer and my challenge is: I want my heart and life to be honestly communing with Him in a way that will make the motives and actions and attitudes of my life all work together for His good pleasure. I long to see what it would look like for me to fully dwell, alive and awake, to His existence in me all the time. Only because of the blood, only because of the Spirit, only because of the fellowship of the Body of Christ is it possible, but it is possible. I think we trade a lot of things in for this. We swap this particular focus out for busyness and running around doing what someone told us we should be doing without ever knowing if it’s what He said to do. And even if it is what He said to do, again, it is so easy to forget all about how we conduct ourselves while doing it.