What is your job? What pays the bills, keeps food on the table and a reliable roof over your head?
This past weekend, a Ph.D professor said, “Teaching is my job. The Gospel is my business, my life.” Does that make you stop and think? It did me.
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbor as you love yourself. All of God’s Laws hang from these” (Matthew 22:37-40). If I live like I believe these two commands, then everything in my life will be directed by these two Commandments. I will make my decisions on what to do each day, determine what my short- and long-term goals shall be, and treat everyone from my family to strangers on the street with the same grace and mercy that God treats me. I will align myself with a fellowship that is more about saving the lost, reaching out to the poor in spirit as well as those who are poor in the basic needs of food and shelter and love, rather than fellowship who wants to keep all the members comfortable. I may even extend love and tangible blessings from God to children I may never actually meet!
Another note from the professor: “You will not be content with what you have in your life until you know who you are, and whose you are!”
Who am I? What makes me special? What do I really love to do? Do I love to teach? Do I love to cook for people? Sew for people? Help build or repair a home for someone in need? Am I a good listener? Am I an encourager? Do I organize well? Do I make people laugh? And, I believe most importantly, do I spend time with my God, studying His Word and talking it over, which would give me insight into who my Father is?
We are entering the last quarter of 2015. It is time to stop wasting time and make a definitive move forward on the path God has been calling us to walk. Join me in taking a step. If it is outside your comfort zone, remember that Jesus has walked every path before us and will hold our hand every step of the way.
Forward … Ho!