Monday, May 26, 2014

The Time is Now!

“You don’t have to wait until you grow up to serve God with your life – He can use you right now to serve Him by _____________.”  This is something I have said to my 3rd grade students as we talked about how God might use each one of them to do different things for Him in their lives.  Yet even as an adult, I tend to dream of the future and long for the unique opportunities to serve and minister that another phase of life might bring, all the while despising or failing to recognize the opportunities that God has given me to serve right now! 

Every phase of life has its own unique opportunities and challenges, yet God’s purpose for us is the same no matter where in life we find ourselves – to bring honor and glory to Him and to become more like His Son, so that we might point others to Him!  That means that we must keep our eyes on Him and, as Paul says, “press toward the goal” of knowing Him more (Phil. 3:8-14)!  If we can learn to view everything in life as a means toward that end, then we can freely and joyfully embrace the life and the opportunities that God has given us right now!  As the master Designer, He is weaving together the details of our lives in a way that might not make sense to us, but we can be sure that it is all working together for His good purpose of conforming us more and more to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ! (Rom. 8:28-29)

So what opportunities do I need to seize right now?  Is God waiting on me to be obedient in something that He has given me to do?  Whether it is a relationship that needs to be cultivated, a person who needs to hear the Gospel or be discipled, someone who needs to be encouraged, a class that needs to be prepared, or any other opportunity that I have been given… truly, the time is now, and there is no better time to invest faithfully in whatever God has placed before me!

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.”
1 Pet. 4:10

“It is required of stewards that one be found faithful…” 1 Cor. 4:2

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