Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Point is Mute, Idol

"We can do it!"
"We can take this city for Jesus!"
"We can make this happen!"

All true... and yet such a LIE!

God can do anything! NO DOUBT!
He choices to work through us. TRUE.
But WE cannot do anything on our own....
except maybe mess it up!

You & I have learned over the years how to "minister" and
"do the work of the Lord," by clicking into our
"smile-hug- be-interested-in-others-&-tell'um-about-Jesus" mode.
But if that isn't fueled by true, daily relationship with Jesus
then it's just a "mode" that's fueled by an idol... ourselves!

I said "IDOL"... but not the show! The "worship thing!"

2 Cor. 8:11 says to finish the work God has called us to do
with a completion that matches the willingness we started with.

Back in verse 5 (2 Cor. 8:5) it says we must
GIVE OURSELVES TO GOD first! THEN, do His will & ministry!

LOVE GOD! Be with Him, talk, listen, read, pray!
You know...the stuff we teach everyone else to do!!!

We can become our own idol, made by our own hands
as Ps. 115:4-8 states, if we try to do it ourselves.

If we minister under our own strength & ideas then we're
just like an old wooden idol because....

1. We only have our own strength... nothing more
2. Our words are mute! pointless!
3. We're blind to the real needs & situations around us
4. We're deaf to the real cries for help
5. We are without true senses and feelings (kinda numb)
6. We & our ministry will do no where; it's without legs

Continue to love Jesus!
Continue to wake before your family/roommates to be with my JESUS!
(or whenever you can be alone with Him!)
Choose His strength & plan, not your personality,
to do the work He's called you to do.
Continue to place your relationship with Jesus
above ALL else.

Don't be your own idol or your efforts are mute.

3 comments:

SarahMae said...

So true, our own efforts mean nothing and without God we are nothing. We need to remember that it's not about us.

andrew said...

netta! fantastic post....ringing in my ears in italia. his so good.

"Choose His strength & plan, not your personality,"

yep insert into head and keep it there!

Abby said...

so true...God has been reminding me of Him throughout my day so often...it cannot just be a weekend hype but must continue daily...thats something ive kind of been struggling with the last couple of weeks...its crazy how i make my own efforts to work everything out, but really He wants to do that! so awesome...thanks netta!