I have to be honest with you… I do not always speak the words of God and do not always serve in the strength that God gives. Two things lie at the root of this problem: 1) The first is said at the end of the verse, “That in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 2) In 2 Corinthians 9:10 we are reminded of who does the work, “One should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Everything you do should be building on the foundation which Christ laid, and it should be done for His glory. Too often we build and produce out of our ingenuity, while discretely hoping for praise and recognition. It is these root problems that create so much trouble for ourselves. We like to act as wild-west gunslingers who draw our guns quickly to solve every problem and opportunity that comes our way, while in fact God does things quite differently than we do and for a far different purpose. James 1:19-20 gives us some great advice – to go slower, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger (works, desires, wants, ways) does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” (NIV) The best way to respond to this Scripture is to be long on prayer, soft on negative reactions, enduring in patience, and trusting God. Begin your day by praying into every aspect of it – the people you will encounter, the activities you have, the decisions you have to make. Entrust God with your life and allow Him to build on the foundation He has already started. Being slow to act will help create the habit of praying first and trusting God for His perfect work. This type lifestyle will open your life to the Master Builder’s work of not just creating His perfect work in you, but also His perfect work in this world.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,” (NIV)
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