Monday, February 17, 2014

eight steps to glorifying God...or something (not) like that


I'm one of those annoying people who needs to be given exact directions in order to complete a task. Don't tell me simply to "organize the kitchen." Where does each type of dish go?! Do you have large and small appliances? How much counter space is there? Give me all the details, people! 
(Annoyed yet?)

Unfortunately, I can be like this in my relationship with God, not just with kitchens.
I (very) often wish He would give me a detailed, step-by-step outline of how to please Him and be the most useful for Him. What 8 steps can I do this week to bring Him glory?
I don't want to screw it up, and I want to make sure I'm doing enough - so, Jesus, give me that map.

You know what would be missing if God did give me a map like this? 
Relationship with Him. 
I would not know my need for Him. I would use my own strength to check things off the list instead of going to Him, day in, day out, for wisdom and love for other people.

His road map is pretty broad - love God and love people. No checklists here.
And I wonder if He structured it this way so that I seek relationship with Him and fall in love with Him, as He guides me. 
The "doing" doesn't matter without the abiding. I can’t bear fruit and obey the map without abiding -"Apart from Me you can do nothing.” - John 15:5.

With a super-detailed, check-list-like outline for how to follow Jesus, I'd never have to seek the Father. He'd be a faceless boss barking out orders to his subordinates.
But what's so beautiful is that He's a Father, knowable and available. By seeking His will and actually needing Him, I get to know His heart and His character. 
May I always seek to abide. Not just abide first, then act - but abide always. Abide isn't past tense. It's always. I'm grateful for a God who isn't step-by-step, but hand-in-hand.

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