“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
God calls us all to live in dependence on Him. It’s not just a Reconciled World thing. But we want it to define us so that:
We will bear fruit that lasts
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
The Bible is clear—without God we aren’t going to get far. Using our talents, wisdom, creativity and ‘hustle,’ we can actually get a lot done. But the Bible teaches it’s insignificant compared to the fruit God wants to bring; in fact, Jesus says without remaining in Him we can’t bear any fruit at all.
That doesn’t mean we expect that by remaining in Christ we’ll grow into a massive organisation. Rather, our desire is that we will bear the fruit that God intends, fruit that lasts. We recognize that God’s standards aren’t the same as ours. His standards are better.
We will be effective in spiritual battle
Ephesians 6 reminds us that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against rulers, authorities, and powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Great tools and resources alone cannot fix the brokenness in our world. If they could, then the trillions of dollars and brilliant minds already dedicated to end poverty would have solved the problem by now. Funds and great programs are not enough. We are fighting a spiritual battle. We need God. Desperately.
How this impacts our work
In our work, we try to intentionally take time away to make sure we are in prayer, listening to God and following His leading. We believe that God will bring the partners, funds and ideas. Most of all, we believe we need to do what He has called us to. The success of our work is a battle we fight on our knees, not just out in the field.
As we seek to apply this principle, we keep asking ourselves:
- Where is my trust? In God or in my own efforts?
- What am I defining as success? God’s definition or mine?
- How am I responding to challenges? Am I praying more, seeking God’s perspective, or just working harder?
- Where am I gaining ideas? Through listening to God or just following other people?
- What am I expecting will bring change? A great program or God’s power?
“It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm and the light of your face, for you loved them.” Psalm 44:3