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Being Will to Wait…
This has been a season of Quiet and of (once again) embracing a bit of unproductivity.
Yeah… it’s as fun as it sounds!
I mean, sure –at first, it IS great! Because we all tend to run at full speed and a lot of us are tired, Y’all! So a little breaky? Yes, please! Right? But there is also this: Many of us can accidentally take a bit of our identity from all of our production and having things to show for how we spent our day!
So it gradually shifts from being fun to feeling like a really hard ask. The ask is to be small, to be still and silent. To trust anyway or even though, and to be willing to wait… To lay down our giftings and calling and all the things that we are DOING that so easily sneak in to defining us, rather than letting how we are BEING actually reveal who we are.
Doing AND Being…
Often times, we are encouraged to stand up tall in who we are and in what we can do. Take confidence in your abilities and giftings – and I agree! All too often, especially as Christians –especially as Christian women, we are told to be humble and to almost dismiss or divert compliments or credit. Of course, humility is important and we all know that pride comes before a fall. However, I believe there is a balance is being confident, yet still giving glory to God and knowing how and why we are successful. It’s because Jesus invites us into a partnership. We get to go about our days (our work, our ministry, etc.) and do whatever He has put before us to do. But we get to do it with Him!
With Jesus as our example, it seems that there is a growing movement to return to the old ways… to follow His footsteps and to participate both in the DOING and the BEING. We must learn to embrace both! Each of these things is vital. We can not simply Be, and never get up and Do… and yet we have discovered that all the Doing, without simply Being too, will quickly lead to burn out and disillusion!
Something about Don’t grow weary in doing good… Keep Doing… and make sure that you are setting aside time to just Be as well! As many have said, remember that saying Yes to something also means saying No to something else. Make sure your Yes is worth it!
I believe this is something that we are learning in the church at large.
Sonship is the Next Step…
Listen, friends. Identity is my jam. I can’t stop talking about it or writing about it and it is never far down on the list of priorities to focus on and revisit because knowing who we are –minus all the labels this world can stick on us – is vital. As believers, knowing Whose we are will make all the difference!
I believe the next step or move once we seem to get a handle on the Doing AND Being part will be shifting from Ownership to Sonship.
Let me explain by sharing a quick encounter I had the other day in prayer.
I settled in to Be and I closed my eyes, slowed my breathing, and opened my heart to hear Him.
Friends, I tend to ‘see’ things while in prayer and this is what I saw in my mind’s eye:
I saw myself as a little girl looking up these wide, steep, endless steps that led to the Throne of God. Discouragement weighed heavy on my heart because the top seemed so far away. Then I noticed the Father seated, and He scooted to the edge of His chair and leaned forward. He held one hand out to the side, seemingly telling an angel to wait, and with the other hand, He beckoned me to come.
I determined to try and I started the climb. My little legs did not tire and as soon as I started to actually pick up speed in climbing, He signaled to the angel and somehow the steps in between us vanished and I ran into His arms. I stood before Him, feeling very empty handed. From my perspective, I came to Him with nothing in my hands to offer. From his perspective, there were crowns piled high. End vision.
Heirs Not Owners…
In this seemingly unproductive season, I am learning to no longer to credit for my giftings. Part of the time this feels like insecurity and doubt. It can feel like I’m believing lies. But part of the time I feel like this is His doing and He is pleased to know that I know what I’m good at and yet I refuse to lay claim and take ownership.
Ownership… it feels different than Sonship.
It feels Western vs. Kingdom, somehow!
As I leaned into prayer after this experience, God whispered to my heart and said there is a difference between ownership and sonship, and sonship goes with you into eternity but ownership doesn’t. We lay down those crowns at His feet, right? Part of that is because those are things that we took ownership of. We don’t have to wait ’til Heaven to walk into our Sonship but can have confidence in our giftings and not take pride in them. We can be sure of what we’re gifted at and good at and operate out of that, and still not feel like it’s a right or something that we take credit for.
God is showing the balance and He’s revealing that He wants us to be confident in who we are, but He doesn’t want us to take ownership of it.
He calls us Heirs, not Owners.
We are grafted into the family and we are sons and daughters of God.
Anything we need, we have access to -not because we OWN things, but because we are Owned by Him!
Let’s close today in prayer:
“Lord, we thank you, Father God, that we are grafted in and we are part of your Family. Thank you that You are a Good, Good Father! We give you praise and we are oh so grateful that you call us Sons and Daughters… that Jesus calls us friends! We submit our hearts, our wants and will… we submit our hopes and dreams to what You want because You are the One who Owns us.
You own our hearts and lives and we give you full access to do with them whatever You want. Whatever You want… and we meant it with our whole heart, Lord, for we know that Ownership belongs to You… and Sonship belongs to us! Thank You for Your great Love and for inviting us into a Partnership with You! Thank You that you plant the dreams inside of us… that you have good works for us to do –that You have prepared ahead of time… Open the eyes of our heart to see and know both who you have called us to BE, and what You have prepared for us to DO! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!”