December 18, 2020

Hold it together

They are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For He holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. Colossians 2:19

Hold it together!  Have you ever felt like it all depended on you to hold something together?  Maybe it was at your job, school or maybe your family?  Sometimes I feel like I am the one holding my life together and even holding together the things that God has called me to accomplish.  How absurd is that?  Do I really believe that I could actually contain, control and organize that plans of God’s heart?  Then why do I feel stressed sometimes when working on the things He has asked me to do?

Today’s scripture says “HE is the one that is holding the body of believers together.”  My part is just a small part of the whole body.  I’m certainly not doing it all, and the things I am doing, He is the one that is holding it all together, not me.  This is hard for me to grasp.  I feel like it’s always on me to do the working and organizing and whatever else there is to do.  In reality, it’s all on His grace to get those things done.  Here’s what I’ve learned and that is … I can’t do it all on my own and when I try, I get stressed.  That is how I know I am trying to do it in my own strength.  However, when I say “Father, please give me the grace to accomplish the thing you have put in my heart to do for Your Kingdom?”  He does, and He holds it all together and makes it beautiful in the process.  That’s when His nurturing enters in and grows not only the things I am working on, but that same nurturing grows in the hearts of others to receive what He is preparing for others to receive.

This passage says don’t let anyone condemn you for the things you do and certainly don’t condemn yourself.  Learn to use the feelings of stress, condemnation and anxiety as warning signs that you are striving and working in your own strength.  Instead, thank God for the things He has called you to and that He gives His grace to share with you to accomplish these things.  They will turn out much better with His hand holding them all together instead of your own.

Today I want to encourage you to let Him hold it all together for you.  He is the head of the entire body of believers, so what ever part He has given you to do, He will hold you in the place and fill you with His grace to accomplish it.  Your part is to listen, follow and receive His grace, not to stress and strive.

Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 2:16-19

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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