Thursday, December 15th, 2011
All Worked Up
Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, 'You are our gods.'
Hosea 14:3 (NKJV)
It's easy for detail-oriented people to get all worked up. Get-it-done people like me tend to forget Who is in control. When things don't turn out as planned, we're likely to fume over such-and-such or so-and-so, bemoaning the general incompetence of the rest of the world.
We work ever harder with certainty that we're the only people who can do things right. This certainty becomes a blinder of frustration and pride; unseeing, we cross the line from excellence to arrogance, from business to busyness, from God's work to our own.
Christian workaholics may say 'Faith without works is dead' (James 2:20), but so are works without faith.
'Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone' (Romans 9:32). God allows His children who are working too hard to stumble. Why? So they might pause long enough to look up and remember Him.
Jesus says, 'Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls' (Matthew 11:29). When we work for Jesus, we learn from Him. He says, 'I can of Myself do nothing' (John 5:30).
Jesus' humility kept Him constantly connected with God, and God provides the plan and the power for all good work.
God never intended for us to 'worship' our work. If to worship is 'to show profound religious devotion and respect to' (Random House Dictionary), then I am guilty of worshipping my work.
So the next time I get all worked up, I hope to say, 'I am taking this man-made yoke off right now. I am putting on the yoke of Christ. Lord, this is your field, your job--and if it's not, I don't want to do it anyway.'
No longer will we say to the work of our hands, 'You are our gods.'
Only the Lord of Hosts is God.