Boundaries

Boundaries-Ryan-Smith
Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
— Psalm 16:5-8

I have read this psalm a hundred times. It’s one I’ve quoted more than others. We can learn a lot from David. He held keys in his hand that set him up for life. A person who is intimate with God and authentic is always bound to become our teacher. You’ll notice that in verse 5, David references the measure of what God had given him to do. David never looked sideways. He wasn’t one who would try to live up to the expectations others had for his life nor allow the differences in other people’s responsibilities affect the knowledge he had about his unique calling and workload. Although he had his fair share of ups and downs and made some silly decisions, he remained secure in a relationship with God. It reminded him on a regular basis that how he had been wired, formed and what he had been given to do was a perfect fit.

Personal boundaries are essential for any disciple. If we cross the boundary lines that God has clearly drawn out for us and then take on a spirit of comparison, we challenge the peace in our lives and become anxious about whether we are doing enough for God, or doing too much. We then start to over-function which leads to anxiety and then leads to resentment. Make no mistake, comparisons are referenced by what we see others are doing and then lead us to question whether we are fulfilling what God has put across our paths to do no matter how significant or insignificant it may seem.

Jesus, like David, had personal boundaries which made all the difference. Jesus said in John 5:19, I only do what I see my father doing. In other words, Jesus didn’t make up things to do in order to feel important, busy, productive or effective. He was ok with doing nothing at all. That takes humility and obedience. It also takes a personal security and an inward knowing of who you and who God is. Jesus was more certain about who He was and completely certain about who God was.

The point? Enjoy what has been laid out for you to do. It will keep you secure and grounded. You were made in such a way that your personal capacity and unique gifting exist to function in direct proportion to your assignment in Christ.

 

Enjoy.


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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith was the Music Director of C3 Church in Sydney Australia for over 10 years, and has been involved in over 20 Praise and worship releases from C3 Music over the last 15 years...