I am beginning to experience a wonderful new found freedom as a slave of Christ.
I have been in the bondage of worry, thinking that I have to take care of things, I have to make ends meet, I have to make a way, I have to do this, I have to do that to hold everything together, which is true if I’m building my own house.
But, Christ provides for His house.
When I forsake all as following Christ demands, abandoning my own ambitions for my own house and instead serve Him and His house, when His purposes are my pursuit **first** (πρῶτον – “chiefly” or “above all” as in Matthew 6:33, which means everything that follows is subordinate, whatever is 2nd, 3rd, 4th will not violate what is 1st), I find that I can have complete confidence that He will provide everything I need, including the grace needed to glorify God in hard times (2 Corinthians 12:8-9, Philippians 4:11-13).
Because, God’s glory is the goal and He will have it (John 12:28).
If I am truly in His house, the glory of the Father is my goal as is my Master’s, Christ.
His glory **is** increasingly becoming the singular goal of my life, and in this new stage of my walk with Christ, I am consistently seeing His perfect provision even though I serve imperfectly!
He is so faithful.
But it started with dying, beginning with dying to my own identity and my own ambition. You can’t serve two masters.
To enjoy this freedom and the peace that comes with it, I have to forsake all.
And, please do not confuse this as me saying I don’t have to work. A heart that loves compels action to prosper what it loves. I work and in many cases the job I do every day does not change, but what does change is who my work is in service to.
I am not saying I do not have to work.
What I am saying is, I don’t have to worry.
Christ provides for His house.
He will provide everything I need, including the grace needed to glorify God in hard times.
I only need to love Him and do what love does.
This is so freeing.
And, it results in better work too.
The challenge is not allowing myself to be seduced back into the clutches of my old master.
Please pray for me.
See: Matthew 6:24-33