We go about our weeks. Some of us do our school and go to various classes. Mothers stay busy caring for kids, driving them around and putting hot meals on the table at six each evening. Fathers diligently go off to work and return at night when it starts getting dark. Parents faithfully attend their kids soccer games, dance recitals and science fairs on weekends. Then it all starts over again: school, laundry, work, rehearsals and take out food because again it’s to late to make dinner. But don’t worry, this is just a busy week… Well, yes, last week was too… Of course May is busy as school draws to an end, but then we have summer… We are already signed up for three summer camps!….
We do all these things, attend church on Sunday and even sometimes read our bibles in the morning… surely we are doing well, I mean did you see all of little Timmy’s sport’s trophies and and little Ellie’s badges for selling cookies? Okay, well there’s nothing wrong with those things in and of themselves, but lets take a step back for a second. You see, sometimes we get lost in a sea of good things and we get lost in good, when we could be in the midst of excellent.
God designed each and every one of us uniquely, with our own talents and purposes. Is the “good” you are doing what God has called you to? Or is it a bunch of things that keep you distracted from following God’s special and unique plan for you life? All to easily we fall into this snare, carefully set to keep us from following God’s plan for our life.
When you look back at your life once it is lived, or even right now, to only three years back, were those years spent doing God’s will? For surely life is just fleeting and in the few short years we have, do we want to be fulfilling God’s desires or ours and what we consider “good” pursuits that are really just put in our way to distract us?
“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,…Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
In 1 Peter 2:21 (KJV) it says “21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” Today, right now where you are, are you following in Christ’s steps? Sometimes He asks us to take huge, bold steps out into the unknown, while at other times He asks us to be humble and meek right where we are. Whatever it may be, are you living out His will in you life right now? Right where He has you this year, this week, this day?
In looking at the big picture, lets not get lost in it’s vastness, as we each choose to follow Christ each morning when get out of bed. For even when we are called to cheerfully do what we consider an insignificant daily task, we have a choice as to whether or not we will obey what God has put before us to do. For wasn’t it the servant who was given much, the one who started off with little? 1 Kings 8:57-58 (ESV) says
“57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us.58 May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors. 59 And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need,”
Whether you are called by the Lord to preach to hundreds, or to cheerfully do the daily tasks before you right now, (Ephesians 4:11-16) we each have a choice as to whether to not we will be in the center of God’s will. As we “daily” take up our crosses, we must remember this isn’t a decision to be made when we “grow up” or in the “future,” but rather one that must be made now.
“Choose for yourself this day whom you will serve.” Whom do you serve? Just think of all the futile hours we will be spending if it’s not what God’s will is, what he designed us to be doing and make our choice accordingly. We only have one short lifetime on this earth to be in service for His kingdom and each day is precious and the enemy is very aware of this.
“When He [God] talks of their losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Let’s not go a day longer pursuing things outside of God’s will and stand together where God has placed each one of us to be “more ourselves than ever,” accomplishing the kingdom work we were designed and made for. For truly, when we are in God’s will, then we will be reaching our full potential.
Looking to be More Myself Than Ever