God’s Assignment or Our Choice?

We have a tendency to take on responsibilities based on perceived needs and the ability that we think we have to meet those needs. There are legitimate responsibilities such as family, employment, chores, Spiritual growth, etc. However we have too often taken on responsibilities that God hasn’t intended for us to discharge. We may need to make a quick decision in an emergency. In a crisis, a quick prayer is understandable. In normal circumstances, however, we must seek the mind of God. Has He called us to do this; has He equipped us; could someone else do this? God has gifted us in certain areas. These gifts can furnish guidelines to help us know when to say yes or no. If what we undertake is in His will, we will have strength, peace and fulfillment. If not, we’ll be “worn down,” troubled, and perhaps even resentful. There is one key question that we might ask ourselves to help us decide if we should take on a particular responsibility. Will this hinder my time with God? Nothing should be allowed to undermine our time with God. There are times to say, “No!” In Acts 6, there was a need to do right by the widows who had been neglected. However, “the twelve” declined to take on that responsibility, saying in Verse 2, “….It is not reason that we should leave the Word of God and serve tables.” Instead, the disciples were told to seek out some among them who were gifted to be able to take care of this responsibility. In verse 3, the twelve counseled the disciples, “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out from among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” There were those who had certain responsibilities and those who had different responsibilities. Spending quality time in the Bible will give discernment as to what responsibilities we should undertake and which ones that we should refuse. In “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” the unknown author wisely prays, “Bless me, O my Savior bless me, as I sit low at Your feet! O look down in love upon me, let me see your face so sweet! Give me, Lord, the mind of Jesus, make me holy as He is; may I prove I’ve been with Jesus, Who is all my righteousness.”  Quality time with God will head off a lot of stress; prevent a lot of burdens and bring calm to our hearts.  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 


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