Stepping Heavenward


All For Nothing?

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, let each consider the other better than yourself”

I have a sobering piece of news for you: Whenever you or I do something in our own strength we may as well not be doing it at all.

Tough, isn’t it? Even when we are doing good things, with good intentions, it’s still worthless if we do not include God in the matter. It’s something great on the surface, but without God, it won’t ever be truly good.

“Therefore, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God”
1st Corinthians 10:31

I have been dwelling a lot on this subject recently. It began awhile ago when I started thinking of all the projects and different things I have attempted this year. And as I was thinking over each thing- each good thing - the Lord pointed out to me that I have been trying to do too many things in my own strength.

It was dark and misty that day, and all sorts of questions and thoughts were flooding my brain and I knew I needed to get out for some fresh air. I pulled on my wellies and headed for the fields with the dog. As I sloshed through the mud and plodded along next to the creek bank I continued thinking.

All the plans and projects that had come to light in the last twelve months had been great ideas. People had praised me for the work I was doing with the children at church, with the magazine I was scribbling away at, even saying that I was a “wonderful person” because I was learning Braille, “You’re such a sweet girl! You must be so clever”, and then, on that cold day God showed me how alone I was. I was alone, because I had chosen to be alone. I had chosen to do all of this with only a very little amount of prayer and thought to God.
It had to change. I was treading water, and I needed God to be the first…

It happens often, for each one of us, to get lost and caught up in “doing things for the Lord”, without really working alongside Him. God doesn’t call us to do great things for Him, necessarily, but to do great things with Him. It’s not about us, or our strength. It all has to be about Him, and by Him, and in Him that we do things. On our own, things will dissolve and crumble.

Ambition is good. With God in the picture it becomes perfect.

Not in our strength, Lord, but Yours.