and our hands hang limp….(Jeremiah 6:24).
The bases were loaded, we were down by one run with two outs and I was up to bat. This was the kind of stuff you dream about as a kid and here was my chance to be the hero.
The first pitch comes, STRIKE ONE! Then, the second, STRIKE TWO! I’m quickly down 0-2 and I haven’t even swung the bat. I looked around the field, my teammates are cheering me on. They’re counting on me.
As I step back into the batter’s box I become overwhelmed with fear and doubt. I think to myself, “Heather, what are you doing!?!? You’re screwing this up so bad! Don’t blow this one for your team!”
Here comes the last pitch, STRIKE THREE the umpire says! My head drops, hanging limp as I saunter back in shame to the dugout. I never even took a swing.
Many of us have a role to play in the Kingdom. Without each part in the body operating in the fullness of their gifts away from fear, we will never see the body of Christ in motion the way God intended it.
Jesus says, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)
Whenever our hands hang limp it is because we have believed something wrong about God and ourselves. The ownness does not fall on us to make things happen in the kingdom. The Kingdom worker need only put their hand to the plow and move forward.
Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” (Isaiah 30:21)
The Scriptures are laden with military language. Yet, we are not the ones who do the fighting, God is. Even in Ancient Israel, when their troops would go out to fight, every win was ascribed to God. It was God who fought their battles for them and it is the same God who fights us today. We are only called to “stand firm,” and move forward in faith. When our hands hang limp we have forgotten the faithfulness of a mighty God. We dare not place our hand to the plow, because we cannot seem to get over what happened in the past. Our past failure scream at us in defeat. Our past worries come rushing to the surface to make us believe there is nothing good for us ahead. Yet God says, put your hand to the plow and move forward. I’ll bring the harvest. You, just simply, follow me.
Jesus, I want to live in the fullness of my gifts. Sometimes fear creeps in. I rebuke fear and stand on faith. I want to live freely and fully in you! You are a MIGHTY God! I will not fear, though the mountains quake before me you are my stronghold, my salvation, my deliverer! You are a strong tower! May the body of Christ rise up in victory for your glory! In Jesus name, Amen!