The Bible is clear that we are the workmanship of God (Ephesians 2:10).  Some translations even consider man to be God's masterpiece.   But it is the "B" clause of that verse that provides the framework for our Kingdom purpose; 'created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we might walk in them.'  In other words, our Kingdom purpose is intended to produce a Kingdom work-product.

The problem is that many of us, with the best of intentions, become deterred, delayed and distracted by busy-ness.  Over-extension is one of the most insidious deterrents to the Kingdom work-product because it hijacks our time, effort, energy and attention.  

God reminds us that we have permission to say 'no' to people.  We are not ordained to be all things to all people, nor is it our responsibility to assume the heavy-lifting responsibilities of those who have opted not to accept or execute their God-assigned tasks.

Self-care requires an attentiveness to the Word, will and movement of God.  Self-care requires balance, temperance/moderation and a realization that healthy and 'well' Believers are far more useful to God than those who are made dysfunctional by distraction.  

A dysfunctional approach to self-care leads to a work product that is tainted and less-than-optimal which, in turn, dilutes the intended glory that God that God desires to acquire from the work that you do for His Kingdom.

Set aside time for brain and body rest.  Set aside time for exercise and recreation.  Set aside time for family-building.  And set-aside time for prayer, meditation, study and fasting.  Adding these essential elemental spiritual disciplines into your schedule not only shows God that you trust Him and His ordered steps, but it also demonstrates to God that you can be trusted with your assignment and that your Kingdom-work will produce Kingdom-altering and God-glorifying results!

   - Pastor Conti

Reverend Christopher Conti, MD is the Pastor of Emmanuel Pittsburgh and a licensed emergency medicine physician, author & Christian life coach.




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