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Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:10

Do Nothing!

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Today while reading J.D. Greear’s book, Jesus Continued, I was struck with a disturbing challenge. The challenge to Do Nothing! This thought was expressed within the context of a chapter on the Holy Spirit.

Greear develops his thoughts from Jesus words to the disciples in Luke 24:29. “I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Jesus instructed the disciples to Do Nothing but to wait. Doing nothing is not in the DNA of most pastors.

Doing nothing goes against the grain of our calling. We want to do “stuff” for God. That is both good and bad.

To do “stuff” is good because:

  • It gives us a sense of worth and purpose.
  • It gives us a sense of value.
  • It gives us a sense of accomplishment.
  • It helps us see progress.
  • It gives us a feeling that we are honoring God.

To do “stuff” is bad because:

  • We might run ahead of God.
  • We might do things that are not anointed by Him.
  • We build stress by doing things in our own strength, rather than in His.
  • We damage our health while over extending ourselves.
  • We fail to walk with the Holy Spirit.

The Lord has convicted me of the truth behind Ps. 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” That passage reminds us that being still can help us to know God.

Greear reminds us that God does not need us. He has everything He needs. This concept puts ministry into perspective. God desires to do ministry through us.

This discussion leads me to ask myself several questions.

  1. Am I submitting to the work/leading of the Holy Spirit or do I seek to do things in my own strength?
  2. Am I spending time contemplating and meditating on God’s power and work? Am I being still before God? (Ps. 46:10)
  3. Am I driven, or do I seek to allow God to lead in decisions I make? Am I relaxed and trusting God to handle things?
  4. Do I find my value in God or do I seek value in my accomplishments?
  5. Do I lift decisions to God in prayer and wait on Him before moving forward?

A while back I wrote an article contrasting the approach of two sisters, Mary and Martha (Lk. 10:38-42). Mary was a contemplative and Martha was a doer. Jesus encouraged Martha to be more contemplative in her approach. She was driven, whereas Mary was a worshipper.

To “do nothing” is a challenge. To do a little with God’s blessings is better than to do a lot that is empty of eternal value. Personally, I want to be involved in eternal things! 

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