The Words that Can Undo You

June 25, 2012

in Everyday Lessons,Prayer

There is just too much to be done in this world when everything seems to do nothing but come undone.

And there’s just too much for me to do.   So much that needs so much.

The weight of it all can make the covers feel too heavy to push back in the mornings.  It can sink me deep in this chair in front of this screen.  It can push down on me and press into me and squeeze the joy right out.

And on a Monday when I feel the weight of all that needs doing, I read these weighty words:

‘…this is not  your own doing…’

Ephesians 2:8b

This is not my own doing.  All that needs to be done can’t all be done by me.  This day, this place, this life is not my own doing.  It is a gift.  It is a gift from God.

When Christ died at Calvary He completed the work of grace.  When Christ entrusted Himself in obedience to God, He completed the task of faith.  Don’t I know this?  None of this life was any of my own doing.

It’s all a gift.

So what to do list is there that is too long or too great or too much?  He has done the greatest work and so He will work out all else that needs to be done.

Can I live this?  Today?

The errands and laundry and groceries, the lessons and Bible study plans and appointments, the notes to write and meals to fix and help to give…could I give up all this doing and do the one thing that matters?

Christ, when You took my sins and obeyed your Father in my place, you did it all.  You did it all.  You did all that needs to be done.  And so today, this week, I do the one thing I need to do.  I hand you all that needs to be done and pray for more faith to believe in all You can do with grace.  I pray for help to believe that You will work all of this out as you work in me.  I pray to give up all this doing and instead do the one thing that’s necessary-trust You to do it all in me and through me and for me in due time.  

Will you do this Lord, will you undo me?

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9



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1 Jeanette June 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Just got on the computer seriously looking for someone to tell me, “You can do it.” That’s not what I needed to hear, was it? He did it.

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