“Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9
As followers of Jesus, our goal should be to make the most out of our relationship with God as possible. Our lives should be an ongoing process of seeking to achieve everything God has planned for our limited existence on this earth. It doesn’t matter if we became a Christian yesterday, ten years ago, or fifty years ago; God should never have to come looking for us asking “Where are you?” We should remain in the presence of God, following the teachings of Jesus, and serving others with the love that He provides, at all times. Nothing will enhance the quality of our lives more than seeking to achieve all that God has in store for us.
Where are YOU in your walk with the Lord?
“Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
There is only one YOU. God created you like no other. You have been Created by God with a specific design. Our ultimate fulfillment in life comes when we realize our God-given design and pursue that which God has called us to achieve. We can have all the success in the world, but it will be empty and meaningless if we never realize God’s calling in our life. In 1 Corinthians 3:9-10 we are told, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each person must be careful how he builds on it.” It is not our mission to do what others have done before us. We each have a specific mission and we have to pursue our relationship with God in a specific way. We find this in Luke 14:28, “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?” Each of us has a precise path to follow and a supernaturally designed set of circumstances in which to carry out God’s design. We must plan accordingly.
We all have different talents and gifts from God that we will use to implement God’s plan, and we are all given a certain group of people in our life that we will interact with year after year. Some of these people will be beneficial to us and others will be there for us to serve. We have to take stock of our calling every day and plan accordingly. “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Our lives, and the lives of those around us are constantly changing, and it is our duty to seek God’s calling in every circumstance “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22) The ever changing seasons are there for us to use as tools in our mission to serve God by serving others.
Believers are blessed with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Every minute of every day the voice of God is within you, nudging you to fulfill your personal design on His behalf. At the same time, we are being pushed back and forth by this world as we try to pay our bills, maintain our jobs or school commitments, and manage our relationships with friends and family. Of course, our worldly endeavors are intermingled with our spiritual responsibilities; as a result, the line between the two can often become blurred. In Acts 5:29 we are reminded, “We must obey God rather than men.” When our worldly schedule is in conflict with God’s design for our life, we have to select the path that puts us on a course to receive a blessing from God.
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