Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Too Many Bags!

Saturday, I was so honored to be able to share Baby Faith with the ladies of Sardis Baptist Church.  I really spent a lot of time in prayer and in the Bible, seeking what the Lord would have me say.  He really spoke to my heart about something I struggle with daily.  I have written before about my people-pleasing tendencies, so I spoke about those.

As ladies, we struggle with living up to many different pressures that the world piles on us daily.  We want to be the best mother, the best friend, the best church member, the best wife, and the list goes on and on.  My problem is that I don’t want to let anyone down.  I lose sleep over these things!

Because we will never measure up to the world’s standards, we constantly feel like a failure.  We feel like we’re not beautiful, we’re overweight, we are terrible mothers, and so forth.  Every time we fail, it’s as if we pick up a bag.  Pretty soon, we are carrying so many bags that they completely weigh us down.  They take us over and control every aspect of our lives. 

But what happens when God comes to us and asks us to do something for Him.  Time and time again, we have to tell Him “NO” because we are toting all of this baggage and have no energy or desire to anything else.

Ephesians 2:10 says, 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 

This means that we are His masterpiece, created to do the work that He has set before us.  How many of us actually see a masterpiece when we look in the mirror? Because we are trying to live up to the world’s standards, we see nothing but failure.  But the standard we should strive toward is “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

What is He asking of you?  He wants  you to lay all of that baggage at the foot of the cross.  Jesus carried it all for us when He carried the cross up the hill to Golgotha.  He died and rose again to free us from our baggage. 

Baby Faith did not measure up to the world’s standards.  In many eyes, she didn’t even deserve a chance.  But she was His masterpiece created to do the work He set before her.  I know that when she saw the face of our Savior, she heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” 

If you were to stand before Him today, what would you hear?


kathy barnes said...

That was beautiful and sweet. How do you do it? God has certainly gifted you with words my dear. Have fun on your trip and may God continue to bless you and your family. Kathy Barnes

Georgia's Mom said...

Incredible! Love this post! Please keep up the great writing, I love reading your words, so inspiring.