Busy for the Glory of God
Author: Linda Green, Women’s Ministries Director at The Orchard – Arlington Heights Campus
Since God doesn’t give us a detailed list for the work we are to do each day, how can we know what we should say yes and no to? How does embracing the gospel and working it into our lives provide the wisdom and guidance that we need both for today’s to do list and tomorrow’s big decisions?
2 Peter 1:3 tells us that knowing God’s will comes from knowing Christ. As we grow in the knowledge of the character and power of God and commit to following Him wholeheartedly, we discover that the gospel equips and empowers us with everything we need to do that matters to God!
Ephesians 2:10 also reminds us that our salvation is not dependent on our works but on the work of God. God chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him (Ephesians 1:4). God redeemed and adopted us according to the purpose of His will. We did nothing to cause God to want to save us—He did it all. Here are a few biblical principles that can help us rightly choose the work we invest in each day:
We must choose to pray and seek God’s guidance rather than being driven by the tyranny of the urgent. Too often do the daily demands of life obscure our view from the more important things of eternal value. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33.
We must choose work that is aligned with God’s design and purpose for our lives as women, as opposed to what makes us feel important or valued by the world and others. It’s easy to fill our time with what the world says is significant, which is very different from what God says has value. If we want to be aligned with God, we must continually remind ourselves that we have been redeemed, adopted, and set apart to live for Christ.
We must choose work that promotes the gospel rather than our selfish ambition. In John 13, Jesus teaches us that we point others to the gospel by doing what is uncommon, loving others because we are dearly loved by God.
We must choose work that requires us to rely on God rather than only saying yes to things that come easily for us. When we lack clear direction about an opportunity that presents itself, God’s Word tells us to seek godly counsel, take note of where God has providentially placed us, and look for areas of unbelief that might be holding us back from obedience (Proverbs 15:22, Acts 17:26-28, Hebrews 5:8). Then we are to step out in humble faith and God confidence, relying on the power and provision of God to do a good work for the glory of His Name.Tags: Relationships, Women's Ministries