The Hard Hitting Question
I was talking with some guys the other day about where we find our significance and how we identify our God given strengths. In this discussion, we came to the point of asking a question many of you may have asked yourself.
If education, money, and time were not an issue, what would you be doing with your life?
My flesh wants to lay on a beach somewhere and forget the world. That would be easy and safe, and it would deliver a daily supply of sunsets. But that isn’t God’s will for His children.
In my head I responded, “Well, education, money, and time are issues.”
When I really pondered it though, I began to see the question in a different light:
If education, money and time were not an issue, what would you be doing with your life to draw people to Christ and be light in a dark world?
What’s Your Answer?
Our answers will vary to this question, but it matters.
By the grace and mercy of God, everything we possess is a gift to be used for His glory. In the midst of an evil world, we as Christians can be burdened by unjustness and unrighteousness. The world around us is a dark place in many ways. But everything God has given us, we can use to bring light in the midst of darkness.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16
The days are wasting away. Christian, make your life count for something.
We should not sit back and wonder why the world is the way it is. Rather, we should be the ones that use our gifts to bring glory to God.
Our age, our finances, our careers, and our education are surely important factors. But they are not an excuse to lessen the lifelong reliance on grace in service to Christ. Christians are called to bring light to darkness, righteousness to unrighteousness, hope to hopelessness, and love to hate.
If we fail to serve Christ, did we ever receive His sacrifice for us? For out of His death and love for us, we are called to be obedient to His call of dying to ourselves and loving our neighbor and Him.
So what is it He has set in your heart to do? How has He asked you to serve Him? What God-glorifying dreams has He set in your heart? Don’t let fear or circumstances stand in the way of serving the Lord all the days of your life.
A Prayer for Today
Lord, may we be of service to you from now until the end of our lives. May we not seek the joys of temporary, worldly retirement full of beautiful sunsets, but may we seek our heavenly retirement that lasts for eternity. May we not use our careers as an excuse for our lack of service to you but may we use our careers as a way to bring light to darkness, and may our finances not be an excuse not to love our neighbor but may we steward our finances to serve those around us. Father, may we trust in your grace and the power of your Spirit to equip us to serve you for all of our days until we are filled with the everlasting riches of your Presence alone.