“For we are God’s workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do”
I came across a comment, some time ago, by a man who said, “I spent all my life climbing to the top of the ladder, only to find that it was leaning against the wrong wall!” What a devastating realisation and terribly sad waste. This is not what God has in mind for us. And yet so many people seem to either speed off in the pursuit of some material goal, or wander aimlessly on the ‘misty flats.’
God has a plan and a purpose for each one of His people. He has equipped and will empower us for that purpose. It is in that purpose that we will begin to find our satisfaction – not because of any material rewards that it might bring, but because it is so worthwhile doing.
Chesterton famously wrote, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” That was not an excuse for sloppy work – its truth is in the fact that if we are only able to do a worthwhile thing badly it is still worth doing! If we are only able to love Christ poorly, it is far better than not loving Him at all. And of course, in all of this, who is the one who will decide?
When Jesus called Peter and Andrew He said to them, “I will make you fishers of men.” In other words, in the new identity that He would give to them this would be their purpose. Paul, in the passage above, affirms that in our ‘new creation’ as God’s sons and daughters, we are the workmanship (again) of Christ. A focus of that workmanship is that we will have been (re-) formed to do the ‘good works that God prepared in advance for us to do.’ He has a plan and a purpose for us. Through the Holy Spirit, living within us, He equips, empowers and calls us into that purpose. Our peace will lie in recognising our calling, accepting it, and living it out. Some may be called to high and public office, others to quieter and less visible ministry. Each one is important in the plans and purposes of God. What we are called to is where we will be most effective.
Every Christian is called to be a person who receives and passes on the love of God in the situation in which He has placed them, and in others to which He might call them. Every person, including you, has a God given purpose in this life. Don’t envy other people or their ministry, recognise your own. Start by being a person of quiet trust and love just where you are. You will be allowing God to work in you and through you.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.”
God knows where I am. He can use me here. He will lead me on to wherever He wants me to be.
Father God, please help me to trust you with my life. Help me to be more open to You, so that I will not waste the opportunities open to me now, but also hear you when you call me. Amen.