We settle for a life that is so far less than the life God wants to give us. American Christians have settled for a life of moral living (when it suits us), attending Sunday worship (when we have nothing better to do), and giving $10 (if we can spare it). We have made Christianity something we do rather than who we are. In the process we have settled for life in the slums, when God wants to take us to the beach.
The problem is that we don’t understand that God promises us something more than what we dream about having. He intends our lives to have a purpose to make an impact on our part of the world. God created us to be part of something greater than ourselves.
As I come to realize this truth my heart gets excited. It is not because I want to have a legacy, something that goes on after I die. It is because I want to use my potential, I want to do what I was created to do. I was not created to sit in a pew once a week, I was not created to just live a moral life, and I was not created to give a little bit of my income. Neither were you. Don’t settle for life in the sandbox. Accept God’s invitation to the beach.
When they arrived he declared, “You know that from the day I set foot in the province of Asia until now I have done the Lord’s work humbly and with many tears. I have endured the trials that came to me from the plots of the Jews. I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes. I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus. (Acts 20:18-21; NLT)
The Apostle Paul knew he was created for a purpose and he lived his life to fulfill that purpose. I want to point out two truths about accepting God’s purpose in our lives. The first truth is that living out our purpose will bring hardship. Obeying God is not always easy, it is not a walk in the park where we can stop and smell the flowers. It will bring sadness, tears, and heartache. Though we will never know true joy apart from obeying our calling, with great joy also comes great sadness.
The second truth is we will only find meaning for our lives in our purpose. The Apostle Paul saw his live as worth nothing if he did not do what God had called him to do. The same is true in our lives. We will always search for meaning, a reason to live, apart from the calling of God.
You were created to accomplish something bigger than yourself. The call to be a follower of Jesus is more than a call to attend Sunday Morning worship. To be a follower of Jesus means that we join Him in His work around the world. Following Jesus leads to a life of significance. It is time to leave the slum, God is taking us to the beach.