Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Living By Faith in the Unknown

In The Touch of the Master’s Hand Max Lucado wrote; “Regardless of what you don’t know about your future, one thing is certain: You are intended to contribute to the good plan of God, to tell others about the God who loves them and longs to bring them home.”

The future is a scary thing. No matter how much we plan and prepare for it, the future is still outside of our control. We could get hurt in a car accident and lose the use of our legs. There is the possibility of cancer or another disease that will cut short our time one earth. We can suffer through the death of our parents, our siblings, or our friends. Our lives could be blown apart with us trying to gather the pieces, but unable to make things all right.

No matter how scary the future may be, God has a plan for our lives. God did not create us so that we could live a peaceful 70 years. That may sound nice, but God has something much better in store for us, but we need to be faithful to Him.

The bottom line is that God wants our lives spent in service to Him. The plan God has for each and every one of us is to tell and to show a lost, hurt, and dying world about His great love. We are to get involved in the lives of people. God wants us to give to the poor and reach out to the rich. His desire is for us to invite the healthy and visit the sick. The list could go on and on, but what God wants from us is to be His hands, His feet, and His mouth in this world. No matter what your future may hold you are to align your life to God’s will.

Yet another thing we need to keep in mind is that we are not in this alone. The apostle Paul wrote:
As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning; Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others (Romans 12:3-5; NLT).
When the future hits and our lives become difficult we do not have to face life alone. Yes, we are still to give our lives away in service to God, but with the help and the encouragement of other Christians. The reason the future seems to be overwhelming and the reason we struggle with obeying God is because we think it is all up to us, but it is not. You and I are part of a great body, a wonderful family, and in the Church we are to find the help and the support we need to make it through

We may not have a whole lot of control over our lives, but we do know how we are to live our lives. We are to use the talents and resources God has blessed us with to be a blessing to other people. When that is our motivation then it doesn’t matter what comes our way we can be certain that God will get us to the place that He wants us to be. In the end that place will be so much better than what all our planning and worrying could have created. We need to be faithful to God in the moment and He will take care of the rest.


Anonymous said...

Good post, Paul.

Liane said...

I'm really challenged in this season of my life to live amidst not having a plan. I think it is time to just accept it now. God is faithful and we will get there.

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