What do we do when God has given us an assignment to complete and has provided with the means with which we will be able to accomplish them, but we fail to complete the mission (Judg. 1:27-36; 3:1-6)? Advancing the Kingdom of God does not entail retreating back into the rear, but standing firm in our current position without giving up any ground we may have recovered from the clutches of the enemy (1 Cor. 15:55-58; 2 Cor. 4:7-18; 12:7-10). During these moments, we need to take time to examine ourselves to ascertain where we are standing spiritually (2 Cor. 13:5). Sometimes in the midst of doing ‘our work for God’ we tend to forget to do ‘the work of God.’
Life happens. This is understandable. Our zeal for doing the ‘work of the Kingdom’ becomes overshadowed by doing ‘church work,’ and as a result, the Kingdom’s work becomes neglected and lives can be lost. Sometimes, in the midst of a battle, forward movement must be suspended in order for forward progression to continue. It must be understood that all movement is not progress. It is okay to take moments of reflection in order to determine whether we are still on course. God does not penalize us for these actions because He is not some cosmic referee standing on the sidelines waiting and watching for us to make mistakes. He encourages us to take a break from our labors, to cease from work, and to rest (Ex. 20:8-11; 34:21). This provides us with the opportunity to be refreshed in every area of life and allows us to proceed with clear and precise thinking.
We have to keep things in proper perspective. The moment we neglect to do so will be the moment that we begin to travel down the path leading to lives being lost due to both enemy and friendly fire…and as a result of unclear and imprecise thinking…#thinkonthesethings