“The best leaders are the best followers — the ones who move out of the way so Jesus can shine through.” ~ Gretchen Saffles (The Well-Watered Woman)
Over the last few days, I have noticed a lack of motivation and drive to get my work done. I would sit at my computer, to-do list in hand, ready to tackle the tasks that needed attention, but every time I tried to edit, write, or design, nothing looked right, and I’d have to delete it all, taking steps back rather than forward. Frustrated and discouraged at my lack of accomplishment, I went before the Father and prayed, asking Him to give me the words and inspiration needed to walk in the calling God has given to me. In true fashion, His answer opened my eyes to what I had unknowingly been doing.
We all have days where we feel dried up and stuck. Sometimes, that funk can be due to the weather; however, more often than not, this drainage is because we have taken the reins from Yeshua and said, “I’ve got this.” We forget that though God may have given us a vision, message, or calling, that doesn’t mean we can do what He is asking by ourselves. When we try to do things in our own strength, we’re going to fall short. Sure, we can tick some tasks off our checklist, but that doesn’t mean our work has been done with excellence.
God has not called us to be mediocre. He wants us to be masters (shout out to Jordan Raynor) and shine His glorious light throughout the nations in a way that will shake the foundations of the earth. We can’t do that through our strength alone. We need the Messiah to impart His Spirit into our hearts so that we can be led into the fullness of what God has called us to do.
As I prayed for the words to write, the Father clearly spoke to me, revealing that it was not because I lacked the words to write; it was because I was trying to do everything in my own time, my own way. God doesn’t operate on the same 24-hour clock we do; so, no matter how much we try to force the work to flow, I guarantee that unless we learn to abide in Him and become the best followers we can be, the fruit we produce will not taste sweet.
Are you struggling to get your work done? What does your schedule look like? Do you wake up and spend time centering your day in Yeshua, or are you diving straight into your daily activities?
My encouragement for you today is to take time listening to where the Father wants to lead you. Stop looking at your work through your own eyes, and ask the Lord to reveal what He wants to do through the work of your hands! Everything we do can be done for His glory. Do you believe that? If you do, then remember that only through Yeshua can we succeed and find true fulfillment. I am so grateful for the Father’s words and pray that you will find inspiration and truth within them as well! Happy Wednesday!