Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The Perfect Me

He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.  Ephesians 2:10 The Message

When I consider all my physical imperfections and my intellectual deficiencies it is hard to believe that I have been intentionally created this way.  I always wanted to play basketball.  The only thing that stopped me was that I was too short, too slow and a bad shot.  I could go on to enumerate many endeavors at which I wish I had some accomplishment but the list would be too embarrassing.”

It is then that I recall that great passage in Jeremiah, chapter 29, verse 11.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Okay so playing in the NBA was not part of God’s plan for me. 

So given these two verses I can only assume, that in spite of the wrong turns I have taken up to and including now, God has me where He wants me and He has given me the tools to accomplish His goal for my life.

If I embrace this notion, I can wake up each morning with an eager anticipation of what He has in store for me this day.  What does He want me to do today to advance His Kingdom?  Will I have a “chance” meeting with someone who needs to hear the gospel; do I need to pray with a friend who is hurting; do I need to make a special meal for my spouse as an expression of my love; perhaps an e-card is needed to cheer someone up; etc.

The amount of Kingdom work to be done on planet earth exceeds the laborers to get the job done.  I could spend much of the day bemoaning the fact that I’m not a scratch golfer, that after fifty years of tinkering on the piano I can only play one song, or I can take an inventory of what God has equipped me to do.  I can figure out what gifts He has given me and put them to work.

Whether you are a corporate executive, a homemaker, a repair person, or a student, God has a job for you to do today.  Make yourself available and be alert for opportunities.

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