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Success and Satisfaction

April 24th, 2015

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.” Romans 12:6 NLT.

Nothing is more satisfying than a job well done
and for which you are well suited.

My thoughts and comments today are about “success and satisfaction.”EDL pix satisfaction

Imagine an orchestra with all the chairs empty, except for one lone instrumentalist. However skilled the musician, a single musician and musical instrument is not an orchestra. Their individual talent and best effort would be inadequate and the composer’s arrangement unrealized. Nor would any musician attempt to play all the instruments singlehandedly. Such an intent and effort may be commendable but their ambition and ability would be questionable.

My application is this: no one can do everything equally well; you’re neither equipped to do so nor expected. You will do some things better than other things and some things not well at all. Best that you learn the difference. But everyone can do something well; that you ought to do as your stewardship of God’s grace and contribution to others’ benefit. A few words have often guided and strengthened my resolve, “I can’t do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do.”

The Apostle Paul reminded Christians in Rome, “God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.” Romans 12:6 NLT. Scripture is best read in the context of what precedes and follows. Paul introduced this verse with a profound understanding, “We belong to one another, and each of us needs all the others. God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability . . do it!” Read Romans 12:5-8 NLT.

God’s intent is clear. The abilities, skills, and experience God has provided you are for His purposes – serving Him, and serving others in His Name. “We belong to each other and each of us needs all the others.” Romans 12:5 NLT. Neither you nor I are complete separately, but together we are completed and sufficient in Christ. Read 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 NLT. You are needed even as you need others. You need the practical blessing from the giftedness of others, and they need yours.

The opportunities, abilities, and interests you possess are from the Lord and for His purpose and glory – not your pleasure or profit alone, nor to use as you will or withhold as you choose. “So if God has given you the ability . . do it gladly.” Romans 12:6/8 NLT. Don’t tout what you can do or have done, nor apologize for what you can’t do or have not done. Serve others graciously, thereby glorifying God. “For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NLT.

Nothing is more satisfying than a job well done and one for which you are well suited. Your preeminent satisfaction and success are when you offer what you do well, knowing you are serving as God created and gifted you, seeing others strengthened, and knowing God receives the glory. The preeminent benediction of God will be these simple words, “Well done, good and faithful servant . . enter into the joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:11. Miss that and you miss everything that matters.

Today, my prayer for you is to experience and express joy-filled contentment each day of your life.


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The Right Tools for the Right Job

May 6th, 2010

“Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10 NIV

“Recognizing your lack is the door to God’s supply; asking for help is the key to God’s power.”

My thoughts today are about “the right tools for the right job.”

I am really not a very handy man around the house. Every time I tackle a fix-it job for my wife – after putting it off as long as tolerable – I find myself trying to do a good job too often with the wrong tools and inadequate know-how. That means it takes longer, is more frustrating, is done less well, and is no joy to do. (Just between you and me, on some occasions  – okay, maybe on most occasions – it has been less the fault of my tools, than the inexperience and inexpertise of the guy using them.) Know what I mean?

It seems logical to me that being successful at a task is more about knowing how something is supposed to work in order to restore it to working order, rather than trusting in sheer effort and determination. Here’s what I have learned: you can’t do a job well without the right tools and the knowledge of how to best use them.

That being true, why would you attempt a far more serious and eternally significant task without having the right tools? I speak of winning spiritual battles – such as resisting temptations, breaking habits, refusing disobedience – and trying to do so successfully in your own limited wisdom, strength, and resource? How many times do you try to work through a problem all by yourself? Without God’s help, why would you?

Recognizing your lack is the door to God’s ample supply; humbly asking for help is the key to God’s power. You don’t have to know it all, do it all, or be it all. You have a choice. The weakest as well as the strongest can be “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” God says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” to which Paul responded, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV.

Here is how you have the right tools for the job, whether everyday life or spiritual conflict. “As God’s chosen people . . clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience . . and the most important clothing you must wear is love.” Colossians 3:12-14 NLT. “Our struggle is . . against spiritual forces of evil. Therefore put on the full armor of God . . stand your ground . . stand firm . . take the word of God and pray in the Spirit on all occasions.” Read Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV.

My prayer for you today is: know what you face and don’t face it without God’s help.

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