We Are People of Extremes

We are indeed people of extremes.  We go from one extreme to the other, for often balance is just hard to find.  For example, Jesus says “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5), yet often we act as if Jesus can’t do anything without us.  We either feel the task is too hard and we don’t attempt it, or we rush headlong in on our own thinking we can accomplish it without His help.  Trying to find the correct balance in the middle can be quite difficult.  How frustrating it must be for God to see us not try doing what He wants to do through us, but instead rushing into other areas because we feel He needs us and can’t do without us!  We either rust out (from inactivity) or burn out (from trying to do everything in our own strength).  Walking the fine line of faith in Jesus can be difficult.

I struggle with that myself and I see the same thing in the pastors in India.  Some are defeated because they are afraid to really stand up for Jesus while others are in constant motion trying to do more than any one person can do.  How do we find balance?  How do I lead these pastors to realize we need Jesus.  It’s not that He needs us to grow His church, we need Him to grow His church.  We are responsible to do that which He wants us to do (nothing more, nothing less) in His strength.

There is much more to be done in India than I could do in many lifetimes, so I must be very sensitive to what God wants me to do.  Just because there is a need doesn’t mean He wants me to meet it.  Yet when I know what He wants me to do I must bathe it in prayer and face it with an attitude of total dependence on Him, no matter how easy or hard it is for me to do.  You must do the same.

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

What is it God would have you to do but you feel unable to do so you don’t do it?

What are you doing “for Him” but in your own strength so you are ineffective and burning out?

Pray and ask God what HE wants you to do, then when you feel you know commit it to Him in prayer and ask for His help before, during and after doing it.

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