“Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Cor 15:58)
Work for the Lord, do all for Him, find your purpose and do it, give your life to Him…what does it all mean? Don’t people know we have lives? We have children to raise, jobs to go to because we have bills to pay, games to watch, and food to eat. Are we really suppose to add one more thing to our already busy lives? Are we to add working for the Lord to our list? I mean, it is for the Lord…
No, we aren’t. Jesus lived on this earth so He gets it. He gets that there are things that distract us. He knows that there are things vying for our attention at every turn. He knows we have a hard time focusing because of the fast pace of our lives. He gets it. So, what is all this about?
Jesus said He came to bring life and that we might have life more abundantly. But, it could seem as though our lives are about as abundant as we want them. It also tells us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. He reminds us that we can come to Him when we are heavy burdened and He will give us rest. So, what is this abundant life that is recorded in John? Abundant life doesn’t mean more things to do…it doesn’t mean 24 hour schedules….it doesn’t mean being so attached to your cell phone and to work that you can’t breathe…abundant life does NOT equal overwhelmed life…
Living the abundant life, working for the Lord, following Him is the primary function of your life which prevents you from being overwhelmed. It is what keeps things in perspective…focuses on the right things…and changes us in the right ways…
It has been a dream of hers since she was young. Now, 64, she stares at the waters one more time…excited at the opportunity of this amazing…yet some call impossible feat. Diana Nyad set off this weekend to accomplish her dream…she is attempting one last time. She is in the process of swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Her and her team are on their way. There are many dangers…the deadly jellyfish…the sharks…the weather. It is an extreme dream she plans to accomplish. It is what gets her up in the mornings.
What is it that gets us up and gets us going? What is it that gets your heart pumping and really gets you excited to face the day? In Ephesians, we read about the old man verses the new man. When we follow Christ with our whole hearts, we are putting on the new man. We are putting away the old and putting on the new. When we do, God puts something special in us…a spark…something that is unique that we are excited about…something special just for us. Maybe it was there since we were children…maybe it has just started to develop. Many call it our passion. The scriptures call it our calling. It is what God has put inside of us that really gets us going. It isn’t something sinful, it is something absolutely beautiful. We can’t stop thinking about it. It is what we are created to do.
We may get that feeling when we hear about a ministry that feeds people…or clothes…or visits those in prison…or goes oversees to spread the gospel…or encourages…or helps children. This passion and calling that is within you is what He has placed there to serve Him. It is a calling that He has given you to fulfill what He has for you to do. This passion isn’t something new to do…it is what gets you going…When you are doing it, it isn’t a chore…it is you. It shapes who you are. Jesus living inside of you and you serving Him with your whole heart affects who you are as a parent…who you are as a worker…who you are every single moment. Living the abundant life is about serving Him with your whole heart and doing what He has called you to do. When you do, there is unity…because we aren’t trying to do what we aren’t called to do to fill a spot. We aren’t trying to force ourselves to serve and trying to figure out how to put one more thing on our plates. We are living out what God has called us to do and it is wonderful! It has its challenges…but it is always worth it to serve the Lord.
Maybe it is time for us to take off the old man…put on the new…or maybe it is time for some renewal. It is time to follow Him with our whole hearts so that we can then live life with everything for Him. The abundant life is waiting…with our calling…will you answer?