John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
We have a great opportunity to come under many promises that God has placed for all mankind and reap the many rewards of such promises. But we do not have the creator wrapped around our pinky. If we believe, as this passage states, we can be given the rights to become children of God, that doesn’t mean that as a result of our belief we can make ourselves sons and daughters, that is a gift only God can give.
Jesus told Peter at Ceaseara Phillipi that “on this rock I will build my church.” We can put ourselves in the best positions to help Him build His church, but if we are trying and build His church it will look about as bad as the Bride of Frankenstein.
In a meeting with a good friend of mine, Pastor Dennis Hall, he spoke a combination of words that have had me reeling ever since. He said, “The job of the shepherd is not to feed the sheep, but to lead them to the place where they might feed.” There is great wisdom in this posture of ministry, and it necessitates great humility. May we recognize God’s desire to participate, and may we begin to feel His pleasure, strength, and success as we co-labor with Him.