Vaya Con Dios

Instead of asking God “What do you want me to do?” ask, “What do you want us to do?”

That was an epiphany, if you will, that I had this morning when talking with an intern and resident graduate of Helping Up Mission.  Helping Up Mission is a Christian ministry that has served the city of Baltimore, MD since 1885.  It’s mission is to help the poor and homeless by providing in resident addiction recovery, counseling, and life skills education.  One of my elders at the Columbia Church of Christ, who volunteers as a tudor, took me with him today so that I could learn about this great ministry.

As I was listening to the story of one of the ministry graduates, a man who is now on his fourteenth month of sobriety after losing everything he had (his marriage, his business, his reputation) save his physical life, the above was an epiphany I had.

Here I was listening to a man who had hit the bottom.  He was contemplating suicide…as he said that he wasn’t afraid of dying, he was afraid of living.  That’s when he was taken to Helping Up Mission.  Here is where he found the grace of God (yes, he is a believer now).  As he was speaking to me today, he spoke of how impossible it is for him to do anything but how possible it is for him to live a functional life in sobriety by the grace of God.

That’s when it occurred to me…  We Christians want to do the will of God and not just in the grandiose ministry activities but also in the small, seemingly mundane, things as well.  Given our nature as people created in the image of God, we can do a lot that is good but if we’re not careful, we can fool ourselves into going about it without God.  We might do this and still do what we do very well.  But should we?

It seems that doing life without the recognition that all of life is lived by the grace of God, allows us to be come self-dependent rather than God-dependent.  If we’re not careful, that can easily turn into the unintentional making of an idol out of ourselves.

What I’m saying is not something that I’ve not known before.  It is, however, something that is easy to lose sight of.  So today I was reminded that rather than asking God what he wants me to do, I should be asking God what he wants us to do together.  Perhaps that is why Jesus gave us the strong admonition, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15.5).

So…go with God!

3 responses to “Vaya Con Dios

  1. I too never thought of that verse ” I am the vine you are the branches” in that light. But I see you do have a point. Regarding myself, I always thought of God’s will for me and my husband and my family. I have also thought about what God’s will is regarding the future of our church here in Randolph. I know the church can be a light in our community but who is going to step out and take action? I have always felt that God had a purpose in bringing us to Randolph but sometimes I do not know. I am a little disappointed by how things are turning out here. Maybe there is still hope for Randolph. I will be in charge of children’s education from March and I am praying that God will use us to bring young families to Randolph.The churches around here(not Church of Christ) are well established in their children’s ministry and they have a lot to offer. They have a budget to go with their ministry too! I strongly believe in the verse “…That apart from me , you can do nothing” but sometimes I wish God would reveal to me very clearly what I or we should do! Your blog has certainly got me thinking and praying!

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