1. Recognizing the Problem
God’s plan for our life is precious and pure—if we would just let the “Lord direct our hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ” (2 Thess. 3:5) . . . Simple right?
I’m reminded of the Amish. Since watching the wonderful Hallmark film Harvest of Fire little else has entered my mind as I think upon the firm yet peaceful example the Amish characters of that movie set for the “English” world. True Harvest of Fire is a fictional movie, but the standard of forgiveness and morality captured on screen as well as the irritating prick it made upon my heart was very real.
This morning, during devotions and Bible readings there were a few things in my life that I was led to re-evaluate. Why? Because, God our Creator is a Holy God and in order to have renewed fellowship with Him we are required to live in holiness (1 Peter 1:3-25)—otherwise be separated from Him forever. Yes, it is impossible to be prefect, but with God all things are possible (Phil. 4:13).
We are not meant to look in a mirror then forget what we look like the moment we turn our face to walk away (James 1:23-25). We are called by God to make a permanent change in our lives as is pleasing in His sight.
2. Acknowledging the Creator
As God’s creation we are connected to our Creator – and whether we are in tune with knowing it is His presence that we feel or not, all of us have the ability to recognize when He is near.
As we see in the book of Luke “at the descent from the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen. Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. (Luke 19: 37-38). Christ’s followers recognized the presence of their Lord.
And even if the disciples had been quiet—Jesus said two verses later—the rocks would have immediately cried out (19:40). The devils—also Jesus’/God’s creations—recognize the Creator’s presence and have to submit to His authority (Luke 4:33-35). Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that we (God’s children) are without excuse. So, how are we to know what God wants from us?
Jesus sent us His Holy Spirit to Guide and to comfort us (John 14:26). Many would say that they do not know what they are to do with their lives. My reply to them would be to read the Bible (Matt. 28: 18-20). If you follow my husband and I on social media, you will know that God has called us to travel and evangelize. But I encourage you dear brethren, although traveling is what God has led us to do, what He wants from you may be entirely different.
Keep in mind—whatever you earthly occupation—you CAN fulfill the Great Commission. I urge you NOT to make excuses because we who know will be held accountable for every action, word, and thought.
Take the Amish as an example…better yet, Christ.
They hardly travel and if they do it typically is not very far. They mainly keep to themselves and yet God is using them greatly. Not only are they raising their children in discipline and humility, but their culture is based upon the teachings of God and in so doing they are positively effecting the lives of all those around them. They allow God to direct their hearts and thereby their actions (Proverb 16:9). As the Word says in Proverb 28:26, those who trust in their own hearts are fools. Why does it say that? Isn’t that kind of harsh? Well, I’d say not—considering that our hearts can be misguided by all manner of evil and swayed by every passing wind (Proverb 16:2).
Now, I am not saying that we all should do away with electricity, grow beards, and stop voting. What I am saying is that even you can do great things for God—right where you are. Pay your taxes (Luke 20:25), become the model citizen, bless and do not curse (Romans 12), be at peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14), pray for those who persecute you (Luke 6:28), turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), love the sinner and hate the sin, but take no part in evil (Ephesians 5:11-13).
3. Allowing the Change
Let us daily check our hearts’ desires with that of the Lord’s in accordance to His plan, as laid out in Scripture. And in so doing, our desires may become indistinguishable from God’s will (1 John 1:6-10). Imagine how much easier our lives would become. How much easier it would be to live in true happiness and fulfillment?
Where is your heart today? Guided by your emotions, spouse, television, stomach…or by God’s infallible Word which leads to repentance (Acts 3:19) and faith (Romans 10:9) unto glorification and righteousness through Jesus Christ the one true God? Will you submit to God’s will and plan for your life and become God’s good and faithful servant. Ask Him for His guidance today—him who is faithful to complete the good work in you (Phil. 1:6).