“So then neither is he that plants anything, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase.” 1Cor. 3:7 (King James 2000 Bible)
Periodically I have to remind myself of something: What I do is not nearly as important as who is working in and with me. Knowledge can be purchased (nothing against education, it is often a necessity, and the Bible instructs us to gain knowledge); wisdom can be gained eventually by living long enough; gifts and callings are given at conception. So it is always important to remember that planting and watering and living a life filled with passion and purpose is not enough...and not even the most important thing. The most important aspect of both is this: Is GOD working FOR me? My gift is nothing and my zeal is nothing if God's anointing is not endorsing my works by producing fruit that is beyond my own capabilities.
My purpose and passion in life is to encourage and inspire women to live a life of purpose using my gifts of mercy, teaching, writing, and my words of wisdom and exhortation. I was redeemed from a walk of shame and a life of guilt and regret when I discovered my purpose was more than escaping hell fire. I will never be able to write enough words to express my gratitude to God for the gift of purpose! But purpose without power to impact lives and effect change is a waste; and, power belongs to GOD! So not only must we make sure that He is working WITH us, but we must work with the complete understanding that the results lay in His capable hands and providential timing. We should never allow ourselves to carry the burden of thinking that our doing is what makes our work successful.
Doing is commanded, but looking to God and trusting Him IN our doing is what makes everything we do fruitful. Marrying our gifts and passions with the power of God guarantees that we will see unusually abundant fruit come harvest season.
Make Monday Matter by inviting Christ and God's Holy Spirit to work with your gifts and passion! Let's see uncommon increase in all of our labor from this day forward!