God has tremendous purpose and original intent for all of His people! To dwell with them, and bring revelation of Himself through them to the world. This is no surprise to those of us who have made the choice to love God with all of our heart soul and mind, and love our neighbors and all the Lord brings our way abundantly. These two pillars of our faith are the foundation for everything we do in life. First things first, love God, for it is out of the abundance of our love and relationship with Him that makes loving others even possible. Mercy and grace and our lives of service to the King and His kingdom all permeates from our heart of love and obedience to Him and His word. If we truly love Him, we will truly obey Him and submit ourselves, our lives, our resources to the guidance of His precious Holy Spirit within us.
If we are His people called by His name, we will live our lives fully in Him and strap on our boots to do the works of God. And it is truly work to fulfill His purposes in each of our lives. Jesus said, “My Father works, and so must I”, so then as Christ works through us, we co-labor with Him in Father pleasing ways, and doing only what the Father desires. But there is a kingdom dynamic we must know…..we must rely on God working through us and not to work with our own strength.
Isaiah 40:29-31 reflects an awareness of this truth.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Following are some principles from this passage that are worth considering.
First, God does not expect you to do by yourself what only He can do by working through you. The Lord gives the energy, power, and tools you need to do your God-given tasks. Second, even the young and energetic will become exhausted if they try to serve God in their own strength rather than in His power. Third, through all the difficulties of life, God renews the energy of the faithful. He grants men and women of faith new strength so that they can fulfill their call to service.
God loves you! That is the good news of faith. And God can use imperfect people like us to do great things for Him. HE will fulfill all in us for His glory and purpose. In those moments when we fail, become weary, or feel discouraged, God will give us the strength to continue to the end. We inherit His crown of glory as we live, and move, and have our being into eternity with Him. Eternal glory begins today, and engages in everyday live, in the measure and grace of His choosing
Father bless my brothers and sisters around the world. Strengthen your servants that are in the trenches of this world doing battle for your Kingdom. Father, advance your Kingdom mightily through each of us. Mold us into the image of your Son, so that every motive and intent is pure in Your Agape Love. Give us Your power in replacing our power, Give us your will to replace our own will, and give us your burden for all people. May your people be consumed by the power of the cross and resurrection life of your Son, that gives entrance into your glorious Kingdom, and the Good News Gospel of freedom for every captive in Jesus name!