We hear different sermons on “waiting on god” or “stepping out in faith“, if you are currently unsure whether you are being called by God to stop doing what you are doing, whether it be something that you have felt rightly committed to do for a while or something you shouldn’t have started doing in the first place, it is hard to move on! If something has become such a large part of your life that it is almost part of your identity, then letting that go is akin to a grieving process you go through with losing a loved one!
We all have plans that we try to make for our lives which may include-
- A career/job we enjoy
- Enough money in the bank to live comfortably (more if you are greedy!)
- A Family
- A house of our own
- A happy marriage to the man/woman of our dreams
- A nice car
- A pet
How many of our plans include God’s ideas like:-
- Being the man/woman of God that he made us to be?
- Bringing up children who love God, Know the bible and are kind and considerate to others?
- Knowing as much of the bible as we can?
- Not just giving away the things we don’t need but sacrificially giving away things that would help others despite it making ourselves materialistically “poorer” temporarily?
- Giving God time every day to speak to us and have an input into our lives?
- Being conscious daily to do the right thing and avoid doing the wrong thing?
- Putting other peoples needs before our own?
We are called to be “ready to give an answer for the hope we have in Jesus”, but if:-
- our lives are no different to our unbelieving neighbour’s/friend’s/relative’s life.
- we as followers of Christ do not in some way start to live more selflessly (Jesus only sent his disciples in “the great commission” with the sandals on their feet and the clothes on their back!) so all our trappings of gadgets and flashy fashionable outfits are meaningless.
- we do not use what we have been blessed to afford and own to bless others? “How can you live more simply so that others can simply live?”
How can we say we are following Christ? How can we honestly stand in front of the most loving being, after our time on earth is over, and say “I looked after the poor, the needy, the thirsty, the hungry, the orphans and the widows like you asked me to.“? It is a poor use of our time to pontificate, become anxious, to go off and worry about whether or not we are meant to this or that! If we do as Christ says and “die to self”, to give up the self-obsessed thoughts, the selfish actions, the “look after No1” mentality. If we can look to help others when we can and ask God to guide us then surely that is so much more important!!