Half awake, I peeked through a partially opened eye and saw a tinge of light making me aware that morning was about to invade the world full force.
Enjoying my time before the dog planted her chin on the edge of the bed next to me and intently stared at me as if that would waken me, I began to praise the Lord and thank Him for another day, to watch over my family, and to place everyone and everything into His hands and in His will for the day.
I fixed hubby’s breakfast and wrote a couple of devotionals. I cleaned out my closet of all I could and took it to the women’s abuse center.
I signed up to be a Big Sister. I purchased gift cards to hand out to those in need. I volunteered at the hospital for a few hours.
I served lunch at one of the homeless shelters. I cleaned out my wallet of all its cash and offered it to a man sitting in the shadows of a doorway. I wrote a check to a ministry to help the starving children in Haiti.
I took care of my granddaughters for a few hours, as the sitter was unable to watch them. I made dinner for a hurting neighbor and took it to her.
Whew! I was quite proud of myself for all of that.
Then, I got up out of bed to start my day!
Ha! All of this was in my head. Did you really think I could do all that?
I have such good intentions. Don’t you? We devise plentiful plans and ingenious ideas about all we would like to accomplish in life.
However, our plans are not always God’s plans. No matter what kind of works we do, whether we volunteer for numerous church committees, help out in the nursery, go on mission trips, or serve a meal at a soup kitchen, all can be done as works of the flesh. With no eternal rewards.
No, we don’t do works for the reward; we do them because we love and obey the Lord. When we do what the Spirit asks, God rewards us. Done out of the flesh, there is no reward.
Paul told the Galatian church, “Those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” (Gal. 6:8-10 NLT)
I always need to ask myself: Am I serving the Lord in the flesh or in obedience to the Spirit?
~Lord, entwine my heart with Yours, that my heart will beat as one with Yours. Transform the desires of my heart into the desires of Your heart. Grant me the time, strength, and boldness to carry out Your will in works that will bless others.
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
(Eph. 2:10 NKJV)