Monday, June 1, 2009

Living Simply-Yet Focused

Look at the birds of the air . . . . Consider the lilies of the field . . . —Matthew 6:26, 28

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin"— they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars, and the moon— all of these simply are as well— yet what a ministry and service they render on our behalf! So often we impair God’s designed influence, which He desires to exhibit through us, because of our own conscious efforts to be consistent and useful. Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God. In essence, Jesus was saying, "Do not worry about being of use to others; simply believe on Me." In other words, pay attention to the Source, and out of you "will flow rivers of living water" (
John 7:38 ).

We cannot discover the source of our natural life through common sense and reasoning, and Jesus is teaching here that growth in our spiritual life comes not from focusing directly on it, but from concentrating on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances, and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spiritually— just as "the lilies of the field."

The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and "the lilies of the field"— simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us.

If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him, and He will make use of you every minute you live— yet you will be unaware, on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him.

Today I'm encouraged to do less. Sometimes it's so very easy to think of the next thing to do-the next project, the next ministry, the next assignment we recieve from God. But here is the reminder that the most important thing I do as a Christ follower is stay close to Jesus. I need to concern myself less with what I do and more with who I am living for. God will use me when I am fully yielded to him, and to keep me from pride he will often use me in such a way that I am unaware of it. I just simply need to align myself very closly to him, and he'll take care of the details of the things I do. I need only concern myself with being.
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1 comment:

  1. Very true, we want to fill our days with busyness so we feel useful and productive. Concentrating on who we are living for and less on all we can do frees us, doesn't it? Out of "being" can come "doing" but not the other way around!

    Great inspiration, thank you!


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