In The Shop

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find? Proverbs 20:4-6

Insight

A few weeks back, my car's check engine light flashed on, so I took it in to see what was wrong. Being a constant worrier, I had convinced myself if I didn't go the mechanic right away, my Honda Pilot would combust and burst into flames. Since I didn't have an appointment, I was at the mercy of the busy auto shop.  

Every time I looked at the window, my car was in the same parking space. It never moved. Now, as much as I would've loved for a magical car fairy to wave her magic wand and instantly heal my beloved Honda, this wasn't going to happen.

As long as my car just sat there, nothing was going to change. Moving into the service dock was its only hope of transformation. And even then, it took a mechanic to get his tools, open up the hood, look at the engine, and diagnosis the problem.  For my car to see the open road again, work needed to take place. 

The same principle holds when we try to decipher God’s will for our lives. We all want to make an impact with our time on this spinning globe. We all desire to leave a mark on the world. We yearn for a deep satisfaction where we are content in the work of our hands. But, this will never occur if we fail to do the internal work required. 

Proverbs 20:5 says, “the purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” Sadly, most of us know ourselves only at the surface. We must possess the courage to look inside ourselves and draw out the purposes deep inside. 

Transformation doesn’t take place unless we are willing to sacrifice. Understanding only occurs as a result of reflection and knowing oneself. To be used by God; we have to put ourselves in a position to be used. Direction occurs when our head and our heart align with His purposes.

It is about taking personal responsibility for the Kingdom of God and having a willingness to be a living sacrifice. One begins to leverage their life when they start to understand God has given them the power to influence others through the way they live their life. Sacrifice isn’t about what we give up, but what we make available.

Reflection

  • Most of us know ourselves only on the surface. Why do many of us fail to do the internal work necessary to look deep within ourselves?

  • How often is the condition of your heart a blip on your radar? What causes you to pay attention to it?

Prayer

God, open my eyes to the desires You’ve placed inside my heart. May I seek to understand not only my gifts and passions but how I can leverage them to make Your name known. May I use everything You've given me to bring You glory. In Your name, Jesus. Amen. 

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