Jesus the Red Bull God: He gives you wings!!!
Been doing it this way for too long...?
Feeling tired? Of course we all get tired sometimes, so that's OK. Not been getting a reasonable amount of rest? Of course we all do a bit too much sometimes, so that's understandable. Too many tasks ahead- too little energy...? Yeah I get the picture- don't we all? No time for a wholesome dinner to renew your energy and sustain you until your next wholesome meal? No matter, grab a coffee or Red Bull as you run out the door or between items of everyday busy-ness.
This is the kinda time in life when one of these know- it- alls will say "everything in proportion" or "no point over- doing it" Easy for them to say, they don't have the same responsibilities as you do, do they? ...Or do they?? Maybe we all have a tough life sometimes, maybe we all have never- ending 'to- do' lists? Maybe these people have a point. Maybe you need to relax. Maybe yo need to sit back and relax with God. Rest in Him. Get your batteries recharged.
"But God has so much for me to do", I hear you say, "It's His will that I am doing in my work." Aha I see that. I don't doubt it. But what are you letting Him do in it? I have the feeling you've been running yourself down with all this work your doing for God. Tell me, if it is for Him then why isn't He equipping you?Have you asked? Why have you not seen His deliverance then? Don't get me wrong, sometimes we go through character- building times of hard work.
I had a conversation with a dear friend a few weeks ago. A good Godly Spiritually discerning man. He is the busiest person I have ever encountered. Besides balancing a full- time profession, a growing ministry and a creative passion which takes up most of his spare time (another God- centered activity), he seems to have an unending 'to- do' list which only ever grows by the sounds of things. I don't know how he does it. Just thinking about it makes me tired! One thing had been concerning me for a while- probably since I'd known him so I asked it, "how do you find the time to do everything?"
To my surprise he was already aware he always had a huge amount of things to do. I asked him when he got time to myself and to my sadness he stated that in his current job his drive to and from work was his 'himself time'. He was quite open about his need to spend more time resting in God and meditating upon Him. I don't doubt he has done since.
This isn't an isolated case. Far from it. I was inspired to write this article after a chat with a minister friend who told me he had been advised to take it easier, give himself more rest. Working an average 60 hour week, I am not surprised Pastor! Put your feet up man, for goodness sake! Now again I am referring to an man I believe to be a God- focused and devoted servant of God's people and the unreached. I don't doubt either of these people I have spoke of love God with a passion. They are the most 'souled out for God' people I believe I have ever encountered and I have the immense blessing and privilege of being inspired by these passionate servants of God. One of them even told me of God in the first place and took me to Church before I knew God. That's discipling right? Thanks J- Ooh you are a busy boy! :)
But seriously, why do we do it? I mean all of us Christians? Why do we knacker ourselves out serving God. He's not a slave driver. He says "come to me and I will give you rest". He means it! He will give you rest brothers and sisters! God will always open His arms for you to rest at his breast. He will still your Spirit if you will be still before Him. Be still and have a wholesome meal with God. He longs to feed you in this way, because He knows you need His renewal to nourish your body, mind and Spirit. God longs for your fellowship and even cries out for it,
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."
"Here I am!"- There is an exclamation mark here. I didn't put it in, it's in the scripture. God put it in. He is crying out, "I am here! Let me in!I want to fellowship with you! I want to eat with you- won't you take what I have??"
Do we have time slots for God to come to the door? If so, do you believe He only knocks at these times, the times before work in the morning and bed at night- you know, the times when we're not too bust doing 'His work'. Do we eat our fill from God in His presence and rest in Him enjoying His holyness soothing our Spirits and renewing our desperation for Him, for His Spirit to come into us again and feed our every hunger....
...or do we instead drink of the Red Bull God? The quick fix first thing in the morning before the busy day ahead. Do we snatch a few sips here and there to get us through the tasks that require that little bit more brain power, that ounce of extra energy our weary bodies need to complete that task that we just have to push ourselves to do....?
A little less caffiene,a little more Jesus Christ please! ;)
I drink of the Red Bull God sometimes. Too often. The fix doesn't last and the caffeine come down is a humbling reminder that I have done it the wrong way again. I have done it my way and not God's. Every time life is hectic and there seems to be too much to do a voice in my head says to me "God's will be done. Nothing can work outwith the conformity of God's will and so this must be what He intends for me at the moment. I must submit and plough away at it like a work horse. God wants me to achieve this so I will work away at it. There's not time to do it all though, and prayers in the morning and before bed are handy. A few requests for God to help me with the task at hand here and there through- out the day, and that should keep God's sustaining hand in the situation ticking over...
Does it? No. That's doing it in our own strength. Lets face it. We-re pretty needy creatures. The tasks before us are huge sometimes- they should be, they're God's business- not our busy-ness!!! God does not call the equipped. He equips the called. As my Pastor friend mentioned earlier recently told me (and much to my desperate relief!), the task before us is not nearly as great as the power behind us. Well thank God for that! I'd be well knackered if I thought that the Great commission rested entirely on my shoulders- or any small part if it for that matter.
Tell you what Father! I'm getting a caffeine headache just thinking about anymore of this Red Bull God stuff. Remind us of our need for a proper meal Lord. Remind us we need sustained in the way that only your life- giving fellowship can sustain us, and renew us for the work ahead Lord- glorifying your name!
Does the Lord answer such a prayer?
"I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them."
Bless your infinite goodness Lord.
Here's how our God rolls! ;)
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