Our culture runs on the idea that once we get that next big “thing” we’ll finally be satisfied. So, we spend our days thoughtlessly just trying to make it through the week, month, or year. We idolize that one job title, house, relationship, city, or season in life where we’ll finally “get it right.”
By doing this, we completely miss out on what God has for us NOW. I’m sure you’ve heard sermons on this subject or found yourself in this season a time or two, and maybe you felt conviction to change your intentions.
However, God’s been showing me recently that while my intentions may be right, I can still live in this “next thing” thought process.
This past summer I lived in Uganda interning for a ministry and during my time there I realized my passion for missions. When I got home, all I could think about was how I can’t wait to fully live out “God’s calling on my life”.
So for the last couple of months, I’ve been pining away at this dream of a day when I’m fully living in God’s glory. In reality, I’ve been denying His glory by failing to see the mission field right in front of me.
My mistake is thinking God is waiting for me to have my life all together to be in His glory. He’s not. He asks me to seek and live in His glory every day.
A lot of times when this topic is preached on, speakers use the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-30). There was a master who was leaving for a journey and entrusted three of his servants to look after his money while he was gone. Two of his servants invested the money they were given and doubled the initial amount while the other fearfully buried his and gained nothing. The master was so pleased with the first two servants that when he heard what they had done he replied “Well done, good and faithful servant! Because you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:21).
When we steward what God has given us, He will reward us with even more to glorify him. Fully living in the moments God has put us in means glorifying Him in everything we do. Through this, we are given an opportunity to serve him and live out His calling in our life.
Please do not mistake this parable as an excuse to view your current situation in life as “little”. God very well may call you overseas or ask you to start an organization or a church, but that does not make you a better Christ follower. The power, strength, and importance God has placed on a missionary’s life is the same power, strength, and importance God has placed on the single mother’s life or the college student’s life.
One of my favorite sayings is: “The mission field you’re called to is the one under your feet”. Your calling in life is to love others and serve God every day and you can do that by being fully present in the now. Take time to show God’s love in your life today to your kids, your neighbor, or a family member.
Don’t miss out on the calling God has on your life today because you’re too obsessed over what He may have for you in the future.
Be a good steward of what he has entrusted you with now because I promise it is not little. More than anything, life is about souls, God’s children, and he is letting you be a part of the beautiful task of bringing each one back to Him.
A great thing to pray over your life when you find yourself rushing is Psalms 23:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalms 23:1-3
God, help me to know you as my shepherd. You love me and you know what’s best for me. You make me lie down in green pastures and allow me to slow down long enough to recognize the beauty of the life you have given me. You restore my soul and you lead me to good things. I won’t try to hurry to the next chapter in life because this one is just as glorified and deserves to be just as loved and lived out as the next. Thank you for being a good Father and a good Shepherd. I love you and I trust you. Amen.
By: Rebekah Bryan