Bear fruit with patience.
By your patience possess your souls.
Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
I write a lot about patience. More importantly, so does God. Too often, hearing about patience is like a nice sermon we soon forget. Then we're on to our next agenda item of seemingly urgent concern. But our only urgent concern should be God, and His agenda for us--as opposed to ours for Him.
Do any of us pray like this? 'Dear Lord: Here is what I need to do today... These things are very important to me. I ask for Your help--in Jesus' Name.'
Such a prayer is a back-sided plea asking God to yield His plan to ours. Jesus said, 'Yet not My will, but Yours be done' (Luke 22:42, NIV). Our own better prayer might be:
'Dear Lord, I am Yours, and I will follow You. Please lead me. I understand my job on Earth is to do Your will, follow Christ and be fruitful. I may not see the fruit of my work today--or even in my lifetime. Remove from me the immaturity of impatience and replace it with Your long-term vision. I know it will be fulfilled at the perfect time. Thank You for the work You are doing in my life - and all the lives around me...'
Performers for Christ: many media stars showed great patience in their walk through the entertainment industry. They humbled themselves, practiced their roles and waited for promotion. Don't let them outperform you because of impatience. You're supposed to be teaching them the ways of God--not vice versa.
Both God and man promote people with patience. Therein, patience is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.