By the Will of God

3 02 2014

What has God called you to do?

I have been spending time in the book of Colossians. The beginnings of the epistles rarely get much of our notice. They are the prologue that we skim through in order to get to the meat of the letter. But within these opening words, there is great truth and places for us to stop and reflect on God’s call on our lives.

Colossians begins with this statement. “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,” (Colossians 1:1). Paul serves as an apostle by the will of God. Bearing the message of Christ to the Gentiles is what God called Paul to do. How would you fill in the blanks in that sentence? _______________ (insert your name), a ___________________ (what do you do for Jesus?) by the will of God. How you complete that sentence is important. Understanding that we walk in the purpose and will of God gives our days definition and direction.

Are you a mom? Love your kids knowing that God has given them to you for His glory. Are you a teacher, a nurse, an accountant, or an executive? Do your job with the understanding that God has put you in that place in order to shine as a light for Him. Do you teach Bible class, rock babies, make casseroles, or send cards? Walk into each one of those moments knowing God’s hand guides you as you serve Him.

My Jesus Resolution today is to frame my identity within the will of God. God has opened doors of opportunity for me to serve Him. The particulars don’t matter nearly as much as my understanding that God is working in me and through me to accomplish His purpose. When I can hold onto the truth that my family, my job, my service, and my friendships all hold the potential to reflect Jesus, it changes how I see the little things that define my days. Each task, each conversation, each item on my to-do list becomes a moment in which I can see God and others can see Him in me.



One response

3 02 2014
Barbara Kee

Love all your lessons!

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