24 May More to Do
Sometimes I look at the life of Paul in the New Testament and I wonder what he thought of his ministry. Did he struggle with doubt? Did he think his ministry was a failure because his churches dealt with in-fighting and the inability or unwillingness to apply their faith to life? If and when Paul had thoughts along these lines, it does not seem he spent too much time dwelling on them.
Paul was driven. His letters give us a glimpse of a man with high standards, who was consistently on the move. The fire in his belly did not seem to ever need rekindling, but he wrestled with his failings. Paul gives us a classic line in Romans 7:15, “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” How many times has that confession applied to you? I know it has to me. Life-change is not easy, nor should we expect it to be.
Paul’s decision to change his way of life—from all that defined him as a Pharisee to becoming a follower of Jesus—because of an encounter with Jesus changed history. His ministry changed lives and helped build the church 2,000 years ago, and through his letters, he still is impacting people today. But I bet he always thought there was more to do.
At the end of each day, there is probably more we could have done or situations we could have handled better. There is nothing wrong with admitting that. What is most important to ask is, Did we do what God had for us that day? If we can say yes to that, perfect! If not, we need to come up with a better plan of attack for the next day to get that done.
What we can’t do is say, oh, well, stuff happens…that was a lot to ask of me. No. If God has given us a task to do or a calling on our heart, we cannot let ourselves off the hook; God sure won’t. What God has for you today or tomorrow or the next day is for you, and you alone. We cannot let tomorrow get the best of us because we didn’t figure out how to get the best out of our tomorrow.
How do we get the best out of tomorrow? The answer to that question begins and ends with God. God knows we are not perfect, and He loves us anyway. With God’s help and direction, we will get the best out of tomorrow because God gets the best out of us. We may need to make some changes to our routine, which may not be easy, but God will lead us to do the things we could, should, and must do.
Blessings to you,