Thursday, January 31, 2013

Performance Anxiety

Proverbs 16:3
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

     In all of our life, let there be One in whom we seek to please the most, our Lord Jesus Christ. When He is first, others can have our best; and we can give a more excellent effort to Him who is worthy. Commit is our key word, only, let it not not be provisioned in our text as our deciding what God gets, but rather our surrendering to what God wants. Commitment is the action every saint is lovingly beckoned to take, so let us do so with joy.
     Now we look at the phrase "unto the Lord." Is there an abiding realization in you that there is One greater than commitment who is present with us?  There is the person of commitment, and He is more abundantly vital than the act of commitment itself.  The place of trust for commitment is that of the Lord Jesus Christ. He sits waiting with an open heart ready to receive with a beaming joyfulness every saint who comes unto Him with a surrendered heart.  Now what are we to commit unto Him?  Our work of charity.  Let your kingdom work be a blessing unto you not a curse. While Christ has commanded us to occupy until He comes, He has never asked us to produce that over which we have no control. Sowing and watering is our job; increase is His.  To the toiling saint I say, keep your fellowship fresh and Christ will break manna and serve it enough. To the Sunday school teacher I say, study with diligence, pray yourself alive, and commit the works unto God.  Work with heart the doing of a task, and commit the fruit of it to Him who judges righteously.  Press towards the external while the Spirit molds the internal.  Now with this blessed practice our thoughts shall become established. No longer do we toil for what we can see, but for Him in who we do not yet see.  A peace and tranquility fills the anxious mind of the one who lets go and places faith in God's ability.  "Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established."