Every pastor, leader, and caregiver tries to do too much.
Lord, help us not to make this mistake!
For us and the people around us
it’s the source of much anxiety and conflict —
also pride, envy, and feeling inadequate.
Our main job is to remember that
Jesus is the Leader.
So make space
for yourself and those with you to listen.
Jesus is speaking in
flowers and butterflies,
“More of Jesus…
Less of me.”
The Risen Christ is in our Midst
So often I’ve tried to do more for God and sadly it’s meant more of Bill and less of Jesus.
I’ve learned that I need to keep reminding myself that the greatest opportunity for me and for those who are around me is to appreciate the risen Christ is in our midst. He is the glorious one who shines like the sun. In him are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He alone can multiply fishes and loaves and open the ears of the deaf.
When you minister God’s Word to others offer your pulpit to the Lord by asking Jesus to be the one that preaches to those who gather. He’ll speak through your words but even more so between your words. Since people will hear God best in the spaces between the words you speak, leave some quiet pauses for people to appreciate God with you. If your heart is adoring Jesus then you won’t try to say too much, and all the people around you will be drawn in to worship God with you.
Pastors aren’t the only ones who share the Word of the Lord with others — all Christ-followers are his ambassadors who represent him. Whenever you care for others, rely on Jesus to be the Wonderful Counselor. In all your meetings ask Jesus to set the agenda, lead the discussion, and direct the decision-making. In your kitchen whenever you prepare a meal, pray for Jesus to nourish your family and guests with his heavenly manna.
Pray with me. Breathe in, “More of Jesus…” Breathe out, “Less of me…”
“More of Jesus… Less of me…”
Pray this as you do what you’re doing and everyone you meet will behold Jesus’ smile.
(Scripture references: Habakkuk 3:20, John 3:27-30, Revelation 21:23, Colossians 2:3, 2 Corinthians 5:20)
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