One of the pressing drives in my heart is to become more and more effective in the Lord’s work. I think there are several attitudes that hinder us from making this a priority. First, we are too busy just trying to keep up with all the activities we place in our lives. Second, we fail to spend enough time alone with the Lord to discover what He wants us to do. We set our agendas and never ask Him to review them.
“Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” (John 5:19). This sort of interdependence is foreign to our thinking and must be developed through a consistent, close walk with the Lord. It is learned as we “wait for the Lord…” (Psalm 37:34).
You would agree with me that Jesus’ ministry was very effective. Many servants have sought to follow His example and consequently have also become effective in the ministry He gave them. Anthony Norris Groves “packed his bags and headed for Baghdad, determined to leave behind him everything he had known of ‘British Christianity.’ He took with him his Bible and a determination to teach exactly what he found in its pages to the people of the East.” (ibib, page 14).
“The true servant of God knows better than any man the real value of money, the value of time, the value of talents.” (Anthony Norris Groves, Christian Devotedness, page 16.)
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