God gives the increase

04.13.12 | Darcie Schwarz | Comments[3]

I'm in the process of learning something about myself. For some reason, despite the busyness of Sharathon, the Lord finds room inside this busy mind for introspection. I don't know how, but God works on me during Sharathon and opens my spiritual senses.

As I sit here, surveying the talents and skills of the people around me, I think "Wow, what a talented bunch. I wonder, do they know how much they matter... apart from what they do... apart from their gifts?"

We all want to feel significant. We all want to feel valuable, like we're important to the process. Then I hear the Lord challenge me, "What's in your heart, Darcie?"

I want to believe, I mean truly believe, down to the deepest parts of me, that my performance doesn't determine my worth. But this world sceams differently. Do more! Be more! It all depends on you! The better you perform or outdo someone else, the more you'll matter.

Lies. All lies. This isn't God's teaching. It's the world running our souls ragged.

Paul says in 1 Cor 3: "Neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase."

God's the all-star here. Not the stage manager, or the person cooking the Sharathon meals. Not the on-air announcers, the videographer, or the woman writing this blog. No part is more important than the other.

We are the Lord's instruments, designed for his good pleasure, to work out his will with our hands. It's ironic (and freeing) to think that we can work ourselves to the bone, use everything we've been given, and still not accomplish one iota of anything without Jesus. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. The Lord brings the increase.

So what makes us significant if God is the one who makes the real difference?

Paul goes on to say, "Now he who plants and he who waters are one... for we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field. You are God's building." Now this says something!

I am valuable because I'm a believer unified with a group of believers all working unto the Lord. The verse speaks of our individual value, too. I am God's field - a holy place where his hands prepare, plant and harvest a crop. That's me! The divine living inside of this body is working to purify and expel the lie that my value is contingent on perfect performance, talent, or skill level. The simple fact that God is enabling me to learn this lesson right here and now is central to my true significance. The Lord works in me.

How glorious. :)

Lord, thank you for having a higher truth. One that brings life. Your word is a battering ram of revelation!

I pray for everyone around me today. All the Sharathon volunteers and Family Life staff. Let us not boast in our hearts. Keep us from envy, strife and division. Let's us not think that Sharathon's success is up to us and our performance. You bring the increase, and our role is to follow you and trust you. May we rest secure, knowing who we belong to, and the importance you give us, as your children.


Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 04.13.12 Sarah Harnisch commented

Great blog, Darc. And so humbling. *Love* your writing.

on 04.14.12 Jack Hager commented

God loves us. Period. End of sentence. With an "everlasting love." Not love "if," or love "because," or love "when," but love...period. And should we ever doubt that, we look at the cross, for it was there that "God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." as far as sharathon goes, God is there whether goal is reached or surpassed or not attained. Good stuff, friend. Miss those of you who I know...and there ain't many of you left!

on 04.15.12 Lauren commented

Wow! Should have explored these blogs sooner. This was my first and what a way to start! Had no idea there was a treasure trove waiting here. FLN blogs will now become as regular in my life as FLN Radio and Gentle Praise. Pretty soon my days will start, end and be filled with encouragement from FLN...thanks for a beautiful blog!



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