Working Versus Striving
Relationship, relationship, relationship. I know I write about this all the time, but it’s the only way to discern the will of God for our lives. If you are to know when to do something or when not to do something, the only way you will know is how the Lord speaks to you in a given situation.
Open or closed doors, finances, the right people, the right equipment are all ways the Lord speaks to us in how we operate our business. The best one is when something looks like it’s the perfect answer to a question or problem and yet it does not happen. We found what we thought was the perfect motorhome for the second unit. By the time we could talk to the people about buying it, it was sold. It was obviously not God’s will for that situation. We knew there must be something better…and there was. What we ended up buying filled the need, was affordable and yes…all white with no graphics just like the other motorhome.
That’s just one example of recent activity where we knew it was the Lord speaking to us. We did not get upset, yes we were disappointed, but we knew He had something better in mind and He did.
How’s your relationship with the Lord? Does He speak to you on a daily basis? If not, start spending more time with Him through reading, prayer and worship, it will make all the difference in the world.
Working Versus Striving
by Os Hillman
“So he said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.”‘” – Zechariah 4:6
Your greatest obstacle in fulfilling God’s purposes in your life is the skills you have acquired to perform well in your work life. One of the great paradoxes in Scripture relates to our need to depend on the Lord; yet at the same time, we’re instructed to use the talents and abilities God gives us to accomplish the work He gives us to do. It has been one of the most difficult principles to live out. How do we know that what we achieve is by the power of the Holy Spirit in our life versus our own abilities, and is there a difference? When we reach a level of excellence and performance in our fields, it actually becomes an obstacle to seeing God’s power manifest in our work. What we naturally do well becomes the object of our trust. When this happens, God retreats. You see, God allows us to develop skills, but these must be continually yielded to God’s Spirit. There will be times when God will use these skills to accomplish His purposes. There will be other times that God will not use any of our skills just to ensure that we know it is by His power that we can do anything.
It is the oxymoron of all oxymorons for Christian workplace believers. Learning not to act until God shows you to act is a sign of maturity in God. “Do not lean on the natural skill which you have been given. Let God manifest Himself in what you are doing,” said a mentor who has learned this balance of skill and walking with God. “You must almost restrain from doing those things you know you are prone to do and actually go against them.”
I was learning this lesson recently when I was asked to participate in a large event that would give great exposure and much needed financial increase to my ministry. It made all the sense in the world to participate. Then I prayed with a friend and asked the Lord His mind on it. The Lord showed us this was not His plan for me. I declined the invitation.
Ask God to teach you what it means to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit in your business life. Develop a listening ear to the small voice inside that wants to direct your efforts by His Spirit.