It’s late, and I was just reminded about the multiple obligations that are still pending in my inbox on my email. I hate when I don’t seem to have enough time to do everything that I would like to. When I saw the “starred” list in my email, I had a momentary thought about how I am irresponsible for not already taking care of those items, and how I shouldn’t write today’s devotion instead of doing the “tasks”. I suppose that thought process invades many people’s minds in some form. We have our to-do lists, and our lives become dictated by how many items we have crossed through. If we don’t get enough done, then we are failures. I actually have been so consumed with my lists in the past, that I would make my list, and then rewrite it so that I could categorize my list by priority level. I spent more time making the list than actually accomplishing anything! And I’m not even going to get into my husbands reactions when I would present him with his very own list. Whew! I’m so thankful to be free of that one!
I can so easily get focused on the tasks involved in life that I don’t live. My first priority is spending time with God and seeking Him to direct me. Writing my daily devotion is one way that happens. Every day, He gives me a new perspective on what I have (or have not) experienced. Tonight, there was a twinge of worldly obligation that fought to take priority over God. For several years now, I have unknowingly allowed the works of my hands (my lists) to be a priority. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had a sincere relationship with God because I have. I have grown spiritually, and led others in their spiritual growth. I’m not being arrogant, but I know that God has used me to impact the lives of others. I consider that a privilege, and in no way do I take it lightly. I am only capable of doing what God is allowing me to do. Back to the original point, I have allowed the works of my hands to be a priority.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:8-10
It’s ok to take pride in what we do, whether it’s in our workplace, or even through ministry opportunities. However, I need the reminder that what I do does not dictate my value. The most important task I ever completed was never added to one of my lists. Honestly, I didn’t understand the importance to add it. As soon as I was aware of what needed to be done, I didn’t hesitate. I sought salvation from God, and without earning it, I received it.