Then he (Gamaliel) said to his colleagues, “Men of Israel, take care what you are planning to do to these men! Some time ago there was that fellow Theudas, who pretended to be someone great. About 400 others joined him, but he was killed, and all his followers went their various ways. The whole movement came to nothing. After him, at the time of the census, there was Judas of Galilee. He got people to follow him, but he was killed, too, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case, I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts 5:35-39)
My daughter’s sorority sisters called many moms, “Mama Bear.” We fought for our daughters with great power, our power + the power of the Holy Spirit. There’s no stopping a Christian mother!
In the same way, there’s no stopping Christians whose hearts burn with the desire to complete a project that God has initiated. If a purpose or activity is of human origin it is a failure in the eyes of God, even if that project helps someone. If the purpose or activity is from God, the power of the Holy Spirit is involved, and humans can’t stop it. Gamaliel gives examples of men who fought with their power. When they died, their cause died with them. Jesus, on the other hand, was the true Messiah. After His death, the apostles were driven by the Holy Spirit to continue His teachings.
We should evaluate our activities. 1) Does passion drive you to complete it? 2) Is it biblical? 3) Does it serve a purpose? 4) After consulting God are you still driven to complete it? If a project doesn’t meet all four of these criteria, it would probably be wise to strike it from your “to do” list.
Father God, I praise You because You have a perfect plan for my life. Place a burning desire in my heart for the projects You want me to do. I’m busy and stressed, Lord. Take my burden. Help me trim my “to do” list. I pray in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen
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I have a huge “to do list” right now. Plus we are getting ready to go on a trip. Not all things we have to do are God driven. There are the mundane things in life to be accomplished because we have to do them in order to keep our households going. I don’t think chores are God driven but we still have to do them if we want to eat a meal or have clean clothes to wear. Our neighbors and HOA’s might not be very happy if we didn’t take care of our yards. I thank God that I still have the ability to do yard work and take care of my household chores and I pray that I have this ability for many years to come.
Much of the Jewish laws in Leviticus have to do with cleanliness. It is God’s will that we are clean and organized. You do a better job of that than I do. God wants to be involved in even the mundane things. I often pray for God to let me move quickly to do those mundane things so I will have time for the more important things God wants me to do. I also praise God that you have the ability to take care of your household chores for now and years to come. Don’t forget your bathing suit! Love you, Sis.
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Thank you for your encouragement and coming to my website. Isn’t it wonderful that when we ask for the Holy Spirit to fill us, the Spirit drives us to complete the dreams in our hearts. I prayed for you and your family today and hope you know how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is for you. Blessings, Jody