Serve with His Strength

How do I serve with the strength that you supply Holy One?  You say, “whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies.” (1 Peter 4:11) How do I differentiate types of strength Father, Your strength from mine? How when I want to get up and do good things that I see that seem to need to be addressed?  How important is it anyway Lord, if I am actually doing morally good things in the world?  

You said again, “whatever does not proceed from faith, is sin.” (Romans 14:23b) You said “Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) You said “many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ and then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:22-23) When teaching us about prayer with the parable of the persistent widow you said, “I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8) That faith. The kind of faith that waits for you and does not simply respond to circumstances.  The kind of faith that hears your voice, follows you and does not follow the voice of a stranger, like you promised us in John 10:3-5.  You declare that you will judge anything that is not of you and declare those who do such “lawless”.  We fulfill the law by faith with the risen Son alone and in that followship so close that we HEAR you Lord.  Anything less is sin.  It is self.  It is disconnected from you.  It is dead works that will not remain at the end of the age, burned with the testing fire that comes to all of our works on that Great Day.  

And so, I bow today.  I wait now before the One who lifts up my head and pours out upon me the oil of gladness and bestows true righteousness by the blood of the eternal covenant, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the communion of the saints in unity before your throne, that I might discern the voice that thunders like many waters  - Your voice - so that all I do may follow your divine design uniquely prepared for me. And in this way live in the strength that You provide.  Today and everyday of my journey here.

Cleopas of the Burning Heart.

1 Comment


Karen - June 7th, 2022 at 10:49am

Sooo inspiring!