When my children had before them the job of a ‘quick clean’ after a messy day these school holidays, my cheeky three year old (yet again) came to find me with the following news.
“Somebody took my power to clean.”
“You still have the power to clean, Ryan.” I did laugh at this though - who could help it?
“No, I don’t.” He shakes his head firmly and slumps his shoulders to exaggerate his emotions.
He is a little dramatic.
In one little sentence, I am shown the extent we trick ourselves when we feel overwhelmed (or inadequate… or too lazy) with the job waiting before us.
Our immature minds might look at our role, as torch bearers for Jesus, and feel it is too
much of a mission. I feel like this when I look at my laundry – ‘somebody took my power to put the clothes away.’
Oh, dear… Ryan has just come back to say to me, “I found this money. Is it mine?”
might be if you clean your room like I asked.”
“Oh. Can it buy all the lollies I want?”
“No, just two little ones. Has your power come back to clean your room?”
“Ah, yes Mama.”
you have it. A little incentive is perfect to regain power. We can find the power to work from our promised reward. It is not bad to do God’s good for the pleasure we will receive in the end. In fact it would be bad if we did not find our highest pleasure
in acting out our lives for Him.
As John Piper recently put it in his blog at Desiring God: “To do good for the sake of good alone is atheistic.” I thoroughly agree.
Our desire to do good must stem from a heartfelt thankfulness to
God for rescuing us. It is ok to want reward when we desperately want that reward for everyone too. It should drive us. He has given this to be our compelling power. And where we fall down, He will lift us up and fill every need we have with His own much stronger
How blessed are we!!?!! Now off to the laundary I go...