Should we offer a place to stay to someone in need? A ride? Money? Or Time? Knowing when to say yes or no can be challenging because of the giving heart we possess in the Lord. Helping when we shouldn’t can enable others to remain stuck in a situation. We could be stepping ahead of God if our assistance becomes permanent instead of temporary.
Our love for others might influence us to respond to their needs without taking our own into consideration. Our heart’s willingness to help doesn’t always mean we should. God leads us based on factors often unknown to us. Boundaries shows others the room allowed in our space. It indicates who we are, what we like and, most of all, who rules our lives. Showing someone else we take the time to ask the Lord helps them do the same. We grow dependent upon the leading of the Holy Spirit as we learn to yield to Him.
In our conversations with others, we quietly ask Him to direct our words and our silences; our steps and our stops; our moving closer or away. We learn to pay attention to the peace and the checkmarks He provides to guides us. We trust Jesus. He intervenes and rescues using His infinite wisdom, from glory to glory!
Psalm 104:9 “You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth.”
The boundaries we set in place cannot be trusted apart from the boundaries God, Himself, sets on our behalf. He protects us from ourselves. He secures our borders, even in our unawareness of the need. We might feel restricted when, in fact, we are protected. He tears down borders we think are firm in order to enlarge our territory.
For our protection, some relationships come to a halt; others remain when we wish they wouldn’t. A door closes to a potential job, while another we didn’t want keeps coming around. A loan application gets rejected. The house we wanted to purchase goes to another buyer. The fences the Lord builds around us hinder unseen enemies from making inroads into our lives. Insignificant encounters can become relevant opportunities. As we look back on our lives, we praise God for making peace within our borders when we needed His help.
We all matter to the Lord. Regardless of the measures we take in the natural to secure our safety, only the boundaries God establishes for us remain stable and impenetrable. We belong to Him and He watches over His property. He works all things together for the good. We find God is our shield and defense, from glory to glory!
Psalm 147:14 “He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with the finest wheat.”
As unity is increasing among us, insecurity in relationships is being eliminated. Insecurity is part of our “old” man, who we are in Adam, before being born again and being a new creature in Christ. The more secure we are in our relationship with God, the more secure we can be in our relationship with others. Through the grace and love of God, we walk in newness of life.
Insecurity causes people to assume and receive rejection, build walls and try to control others. It feeds their fear of losing what they have because deep down they do not trust they really have it. It disables intimacy and steals joy. It causes people to have faith one day and fear the next. In our security with Christ, insecurity is defeated. Relationships will not remain the same, but our position in Christ will never change. Others will not always be responsive to our love but we love regardless.
The love of God conquers all and destroys the walls that have been built. We unconditionally love, care and unite with one another. No matter what the changes are in relationships, it can never change our bonds in Christ. We are accepted in God, even when rejected by others. We are loved by God, even when disliked by others. We are safe in the Lord, even when threatened by others. We dwell in security in the Lord, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 1:5-7 “…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Everything we do for the Lord has to be done out of love, and in love. It’s because we love Him that we obey Him. It’s not to earn His love, but in response to His love that we love Him with our whole heart. We love Him because He first loved us.
We do the things not because we have to, but because we get to. We get to worship the Lord; we get to praise Him; we get to give unto Him and we get to serve Him; not out of obligation but because of adoration. We don’t have to do this or that for the Lord in fear that He will not love us anymore. We get to because of the faith we have in His eternal love. The way we have experienced human love can hinder our experiencing the love of God in a deep, intimate way. Intentions may be good and come out of love, but sometimes the way things are done may not be done in love because of hurts of the past. As the Lord heals those past hurts, what we do out of love, we also do in love.
As we do things out of love, we find that the love of God in our hearts enables us to do all things in love. We do not do things to receive love in return, but because we return to Him the love He gives to us, unconditionally, from glory to glory.
1 John 4:19 “We love Him because He first loved us.”
Knowing in our hearts that we belong to God changes the choices we make regarding what belongs to us by strengthening our boundaries and helping us to never question our security in Christ.
This knowledge also enables us to become better stewards of what has been entrusted to us. What belongs to us has to match our belonging to the Lord. We are not our own; we have been bought with the precious blood Jesus shed on the cross for our redemption. Our bodies, talents, gifts, finances and all we are and have is His. The Holy Spirit in us enables us to care for what is His, not ours, by reaffirming how precious we are in God’s eyes.
We are so precious to God! He knows how to care for what belongs to Him, and He watches over us with love and protects us with power. He is able to keep what He paid such a price for, with surety and watchfulness. We are God’s property and we can evict every intruder in Jesus name! We are not lost, we are found. We are not blind, we can see. We are not alone and abandoned, we belong to God and this belonging takes us, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”