The greatest thing you can do with your life -Part 1
One of the most wonderful and hopeful things you can know about yourself and your life is captured in a rather unassuming, simple sentence:
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. (1 Corinthians 7:17)
The verse might hit us as a bit constrictive, perhaps even oppressive, especially if our circumstances are difficult or painful. But that would miss the heart of God’s intention for us.
Your life is a gift and an assignment from God.
This should infuse our life — its good and evil, its sweet and bitter, its health and affliction, its prosperity and poverty, its comfort and suffering — with an unfathomable dignity, purpose, and glory.
You are not an accident. Neither are you a ruined potential, run off the rails because you were dealt a poor genetic hand of cards, suffered others’ abuse, or made foolish and sinful choices, putting you beyond the hope of a useful calling in Jesus’ kingdom.
No, you exist because God wanted you to exist.
And you are who you are, what you are, how you are, where you are, and when you are because God made you (John 1:3), wove you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13), called you to be his own (John 10:27; Romans 8:30), and assigned you a place to live (Acts 17:26).
The greatest thing you can do with your life is to live to the hilt the adventurous assignment God has given you.
God Has Called You
“Jesus doesn’t want us to spend the life He’s given us today absorbed in the unreality of an imagined tomorrow.”
Think about this for a moment: “Let each person lead the life . . . to which God has called him.” God has made your entire life your calling!
We tend to think of our callings as our vocations, some significant job God gives us to do with an identifiable and preferably esteemed title.
Perhaps it’s a career vocation or perhaps it’s a non-career vocation in a church or ministry. But that’s too narrow.
Of course, vocations should be vehicles for our calling — ways we fulfil our assignment from the Lord.
But our calling encompasses more than our vocations.
Our primary core calling is to love God with all we are and to love our neighbours as ourselves (Luke 10:27).
And this calling incorporates everyone we interact with, or perhaps comes to mind; in everything we do from morning till night.
“God commands each one of us to consider his calling in every act of life.”
This means that our calling isn’t behind that door we’re waiting for God to open someday (though that may be part of tomorrow’s calling).
Our calling is to love God today, to love the neighbours God places in our “road” today, and to do well what God gives our hands to do today.
That’s one reason Jesus tells us, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow” (Matthew 6:34).
Being overly preoccupied with tomorrow’s calling, as tempting as that can be, is often a way we are deceived into being disengaged from today’s calling.
Jesus doesn’t want us to spend the priceless gift of life He’s given us today absorbed in the unreality of an imagined tomorrow.
Now, it is true that our callings change over time. We move through different phases of life.
We might be deployed to different places at different times, and we experience various circumstantial and health changes.
All these alter our calling. And as the Spirit gives us light, we should seek to anticipate and plan for changes, as befit good stewards.
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