September 29, 2013
@Secret Place, Madagascar
In Oswald Chambers daily devotional the entry for September 29th is about “The Awareness of the Call”. Oswald Chambers passed away before he ever published these writings; however, his wife compiled them into this wonderful devotional “My Utmost For His Highest.”
Chambers writes, “The call of God has nothing to do with salvation and sanctification. You are not called to preach the gospel because you are sanctified; the call to preach the gospel is infinitely different. Paul describes it as a compulsion that was placed upon him.”
As I read these words I began to think about my own life and how God sovereignly called me by His grace. God chose to use me before I ever agreed upon it, or decided to let Him use me. Others, such as my mom and dad, tell me they could see the hand of God on my life at a young age. I was not even saved (born again) until I was fourteen.
Before I got saved I felt something pulling me away from every wicked thing I was doing. I was not sure what it was but not only did it pull on me, it was changing my heart, my mind, and completely setting me apart. All I knew at the time was that I was different.
After being saved and giving my life to Jesus Christ, men of God began to prophesy about my life. This is when I started to realize that maybe God was wanting to use me. Still unsure of the call of God on my life, I would continue to search for my purpose through my teenage years. This time period was like a wrestling match between me and God.
I went on to create my own plans for my life, but God began to sovereignly intervene and interrupt those plans. I knew about God. I thought I knew Him personally, but my own foolishness had me far away from His plans and purposes. I was completely unaware. God was drawing me into His perfect plan. That is the beauty of God’s plan. When we are completely unaware He is drawing us to Himself. I resisted unknowingly, but God knew that my resistance what part of His greater plan.
Today I find myself in the center of God’s will for my life. I am unmistakably right where he wants me to be. As I look back I know that it is only by His sovereign plan that I am where I am today.
My encouragement to you this morning is to let go. Stop trying to figure it all out. Pursue God and love people. Everything else will fall into place as you focus on what truly matters. When we allow ourselves to get distracted by the trivial things of life, then we lose direction. Living then becomes more about achieving some form of success, or pleasing ourselves and others instead of pleasing God.
I will leave you with a scripture to encourage you to stay focused. Remember to “keep the main thing, the main thing.”
"12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! (Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG)
Run with focus,