He Knows Your Frame
I've been listening to some sermons from a certain minister who has done some absolutely incredible things for the Kingdom of God. She's ministered and fed people in war torn nations while under fire. She's sacrificed everything to feed and take care of orphans in third world countries. She’s been stoned and shipwrecked and it’s only fueled her to do more for the Kingdom of God! The list goes on and on.
As I finished listening to her minister with such love and humility, I began to feel convicted and challenged to do so much more for God. We whine about the smallest inconveniences in this country, when there are others who face danger and lack with such grace and joy. Being convicted and challenged is a good thing, but we must never compare our calling and service unto the Lord to someone else's. Likewise we all have a tendency to put certain expectations on people based on our own convictions or what comes naturally to us.
God does not have us all on an even playing field. Yes, there are certain expectations He has for each of our lives and there are sins He wants us to avoid, but I'm talking about people's specific characteristics and purpose. There are many who have a ministry and feel that everyone should be doing what they are doing, but what God has called them to do may not be what He's called you to do.
His Word explains that He knows our frame. He knows exactly what we were designed to handle and what puts pressure and stretches us. For example; having people stay in your home for extended periods of time may be a blessing to you, so though that act is a wonderful thing to do, it is not a sacrifice or an act of obedience for you. Another person may get totally freaked out by the mere thought of people staying with them, but they do it out of an act of love and obedience to God. They must crucify their flesh in order to do His will and He blesses them for their sacrifice. It's like the widow's mites (Pennies). What she gave meant nothing to others who could afford to give so much more, yet she made a great sacrifice by giving all she had. We can't judge others based on what comes naturally for us or judge ourselves based on how God is using others. The important thing is... are you doing all He's called YOU to do and are you sacrificing your time to seek and serve Him? Your destiny is between you and God, seek Him with all of your might and find out exactly what it is He framed you to handle with His strength and ability! Psalm 103:13-14 (NKJV) As a father pities His children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Luke 21:1-4 (TPT) Jesus observed all the wealthy coming into the temple courts wanting to be noticed as they came with their offerings. He noticed a very poor widow who dropped two small copper coins in the offering box. “Listen to me,” he said. “This poor widow has given a larger offering than any of the wealthy. For the rich only gave out of their surplus, but she sacrificed out of her poverty and gave to God all that she had to live on.” Romans 14:12 (TPT) Therefore, each one must answer for himself and give a personal account of his own life before God. 1 Corinthians 12:21-27 (TPT) It would be wrong for the eye to say to the hand, “I don’t need you,” and equally wrong if the head said to the foot, “I don’t need you.” In fact, the weaker our parts, the more vital and essential they are.The body parts we think are less honorable we treat with greater respect. And the body parts that need to be covered in public we treat with propriety and clothe them. But some of our body parts don’t require as much attention. Instead, God has mingled the body parts together, giving greater honor to the “lesser” members who lacked it. He has done this intentionally so that every member would look after the others with mutual concern, and so that there will be no division in the body. In that way, whatever happens to one member happens to all. If one suffers, everyone suffers. If one is honored, everyone rejoices. You are the body of the Anointed One, and each of you is a unique and vital part of it.