Thoughts from the Stillness

I’ve been thinking about writing this blog for a few weeks now.

I’m on a short break from traveling and I didn’t know how I was going to handle this time until now coming to the end of it.

Rest.

It sounds so great in theory but when trying to live that out, it’s gotta be one of the most difficult things to do well, especially for someone who is not the best at sitting still (me.)

My preferred pace is 150 Miles per hour, without a break. Anyone that knows me can attest that sitting still is not my forte and I’m often impatient. I want things to be done now. Patience is a virtue which the Lord is working on in my life. 

If I can be honest, it’s only in that non-stop, run till you can’t anymore pace that I feel like I’ve accomplished anything and it’s only then that I sometimes feel validated.

It’s that mindset of If I’m not producing, I’m not pleasing to God.

That’s actually a true statement. But our human definition of producing looks so different than God’s.

Jesus said in John 15 that only those that producing fruit pleases the Father.  If we continue to look in the scripture, however, we see that producing fruit that pleases the Father is actually easy and effortless on our part.

It’s found in the ABIDING.

Continually I remind myself when I’m doing something, this action does not validate me. What I do doesn’t validate me or count me as successful.

Being in His presence and finding myself at His feet: That’s where fruit that pleases the Father is yielded.

Friends, the magnitude of His presence will ALWAYS overwhelm what we do. I remember being in a church service during worship, and the Lord spoke to my heart to picture in my hands all that I’ve done, all I’ve accomplished and all He’s assigned me to do. As I was standing there in His presence I realized how small the things I have accomplished looked to the magnitude of who He is. It was just a reminder to ALWAYS make Him bigger.

What He has done will always overwhelm what we do.

These kind of lessons are the ones that keep us from our Pharisaical mentalities.

Our righteousness is like filthy rags.

The Spirit alone gives eternal life.Human effort accomplishes nothing.And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life .John 6:63

I’m a FIRM believer in action. YES. We’re not called to just sit around and do nothing. There’s a lost and dying world that needs to be loved.

He’s called us to action. But He’s also called us to rest in Him.

And many times even stopping and resting in Him is out of our comfort zone just as much as going to an unknown land.

My actions are an offering in response to my right standing through Christ Jesus, not a mode to get there. 

No matter what I do or what I don’t do, I am loved by Him.

My actions do not determine His love for me. They determine my love for Him.

And don’t we love Him?

If He is calling us to come away with Him, we will.

If He is calling us to GO with Him, we will.

I’m as fruitful sitting still as I am going 150 miles per hour, as long as I’m abiding.

And it’s really in the stillness that I gain strength for the going.

These are some thoughts from the stillness. 

 

- J.