Proverbs 16:4
“Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.”

This verse struck a chord with me Sunday. Lately (and throughout my life), I have asked God to reveal to me what I should be doing, or to give me ideas on how I can serve Him. A lot of times I feel lost on how I can use my abilities in ways to support projects that I care about.

If I were being completely honest, there are already opportunities for me to use my abilities to serve Jesus, but they just aren’t the opportunities that I want to take part in. Whether it’s pride, fright, or plain ole laziness, I let these chances go, all the while wondering why God isn’t revealing how I can serve Him in what I’m passionate about.

This brings to mind the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The King gives his servants an amount of money to use based on their abilities. Two of the servants used the money wisely and were rewarded. The King says to each, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.” Unfortunately, I’m more like the third servant who squanders his chance, and the truth of this parable is that I am losing other opportunities to serve, maybe even in the projects that I care about.

God wants our commitment, not just our ideas. Without action, ideas tend to puff up and make us feel good about ourselves, like we are doing something, when we’re not doing anything at all. While our intentions may be good, God isn’t going to reward us with ideas on how to serve Him in big ways if we aren’t being faithful in the tasks He’s already given us. We’ve got the cart before the horse so to speak. God, though, has promised that if we commit our works to Him, He will establish our thoughts. He rewards our faithfulness and will establish our plans in ways we could never have imagined.