Friday, April 17, 2009

Tired...time to focus

I'm tired.  Yep...not the "physical tired," more of the emotional/spiritual kind of tiredness.  It always hits me the week after Easter.  When you do what I do for a living, there's always a huge push and lead up to Easter weekend...which naturally leads to little bit of a let-down after Easter.  So how do I deal with it?  Sometimes well, sometimes poorly...but I have been in Philippians this week and it has encouraged me and challenged me.  I'll write a couple or three posts on some of these things.

First: "There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." (Phil 1:6).

This verse is a tremendous encouragement to me, and to all believers.  Put simply, Christ has begun a work and He will finish it.  That work is something that is happening to all of us...the work of us being conformed and conforming to like Christ.  It is encouraging to me for this simple reason; I know that Christ, through the Holy Spirit, is alive in me, even when I feel dead.  In fact, as Paul writes elsewhere, it's precisely when I'm at my weakest that Christs's strength is strongest in me. 

The reason this Scriptural truth is so encouraging is that it reminds me and us that we are not alone in this work.  God is doing His part in us.  Quite simply, we work in co-operation with the Holy Spirit (or, at least I try to work in co-operation with Him).

Have you ever had a boss tell you to do something, only to find out you didn't really know how?  Then when you asked them how, they said something along the lines of "go figure it out for yourself?"  That can be quite discouraging...and it is precisely the opposite of how God works.  Instead of saying "go figure it out," He says, "follow me...like this...and oh, by the way, I'll give you my Holy Spirit and through Him, I myself will ive inside of you to help you."  That is encouraging!

See that picture at the top?  I think it's a perfect picture of where I'm at today.  There are clouds and darkenss, signifying the simple fact that I'm tired, but yet there is a rainbow - a promise of God that the clouds will pass, and that most of all, He is at work in me and will finish the work he began.  Praise be to Him!

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