Week 5 - 16 May 2020
I found an article which started... "When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people:
those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened".
Two questions immediately came to mind; first, 'Which one am I?'
and then, more importantly, 'Which does God want us to be?'
I think God wants us to be people of action, who make things happen; who are engaged with life.
Jesus tells is disciples to
'Go, make disciples of all nations.' Matt. 28:19
and Paul in his letter to the people of Ephesus urges them to
"make the most of every opportunity", 5:16.
So how can we be people who make things happen?
First, we need to have a sense of purpose in life - to know why we're here.
Now that may seem really hard at the moment especially if you are having to self-isolate
and to rely on others to do things for you.
But remember Julian of Norwich who, for much of her life, lived in permanent seclusion
as an anchoress in her cell, which was attached to St Julian's Church, Norwich, being cared for by the nuns.
Isolated but blessed and used effectively by God.
We're here on earth because that's the way God planned things. We're not an accident.
Psalm 139:13 says that God made each of us by hand:
"You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."
God has a plan and a purpose for our lives. Psalm 139:4 says:
"Before a word is on my tongue, you, LORD, know it completely."
That doesn't mean that God has already written a script for our lives;
but it does mean that God knows us so well that he knows how we'll respond in different situations.
We can trust that the plans he has for our lives are going to be good ones;
and that plan is to work with him in furthering his kingdom here on earth.
I read a commentary the other day which really made me think; it was titled
'Are we working for God or doing the work of God?'
Is there a difference?
Yes, the writer made it clear; work for God is working to earn favour or score points with God.
Doing a certain tasks to show or prove to God how good, or close, we are to Him and looking forward for favours and blessings.
But we can do nothing for God.
He has already done everything for us by the death of Jesus on the cross.
'It is finished, accomplished.'
We can only work with him through the power of his Holy Spirit empowering us to do his work.
2 Corinthians 6:1 that says,
"We are God's fellow-workers."
Fellow workers, Co-laborers?
Yes, God and us working together. Rather than report to God, we work with God.
Rather than check in with him and then leave, we check in with him and then follow.
We are always in the presence of God; He is always with us.
Our awareness of his presence may falter, but the certainty of his presence never changes!
We are dependent on him.
Jesus, too, was dependent on his Father, he said
'I can do nothing by myself...I do not seek my own will but the will of him who sent me.' (Jn 5:30).
Jesus tries to do whatever the Father does.
Even Jesus, while on earth relied upon his Father who was the example for his ministry.
The trinity blows our mind when we think about it.
God had been working for all of humanity with acts of grace and mercy.
Jesus came to do that same kind of work on a personal level.
His death was a work of grace!
Through him all was accomplished.
Now through the gift of the Holy Spirit in us, to empower and guide us, we are invited to be God's hands and feet here on earth.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called, "the present."
How much time do we spend working with God?
Let's make the most of every opportunity today.