As I sit here today I find myself pulled in so many different directions. I have a desire to be used by God in a way that matters and a huge burden for the lost and hurting. I have many responsibilities and mission opportunities through our church so I am very active in the "work of the Lord." In spite of all the work I do, I often feel as if I don't really do anything that makes a difference. In my devotions this week I was reminded that my focus should be on Christ and his redemption, not on the effects of it. It was a wonderful reminder to me and as I spent time in prayer yesterday this was the verse that came to my mind.
This is what I must set out to do. This is that thing that matters. Whether it is in my church service, my home, my neighbor's house or at the store I must act justly, show mercy and be humble. It certainly sounds simple enough but it goes against our very nature so it is a goal that takes constant effort, prayer and diligence.
As fallen humans we tend to seek justice when we are the offended party and desire mercy when we are the offender. We need to seek it in all things and in all ways. It goes against our fleshly nature to desire these things and a humble spirit to let the Lord lead and guide us.
As I set forth through this week it is my prayer that I may do just that. That I not think about what I can do for God but just live my life in a manner that reveals His character, not my own. God how can you use me? What is the better thing that I should do for you? The answer will come when I do these things. As I walk humbly with my God I think I will find myself doing so in the path of His service. The cool part is, I may not even realize it when I do.