Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Regardless of your career, God wants us to reap the harvest of His will lived out amidst our present circumstances, no matter how unpleasant they might seem at the time. Believe it or not, He wants us to actually enjoy our lives. But, genuine joy comes from fulfillment, and lasting fulfillment can only come from the life found in Christ.
We can believe whatever we want, say whatever we want, go to church more often than our own pastor, read all of the latest “Christian” books from the most respected authors and steer so clear of sin that even the Pope would feel convicted. But, will we prove our faith? Without action, it does not honestly exist.
If we truly wish to let our lights shine, we need to take every aspect of our living in this world seriously. After all, if this weren’t the case, we would already be at home in heaven not having to deal with any of this earth stuff. But, God created all of it, and, with every area that we are faithfully obedient to Him in, the more whole we become in the process, giving way to an overflow of significantly more success and glory to be reflected upon Him in further evidence of His everlasting truth.
Yes, oddly enough, God requires us to be faithful with little before He will give us much. Unfortunately, there is no real way to get around this as a Christian who hopes to grow and remain fruitful, unless you would like to keep convincing yourself otherwise, as I did with the need to constantly focus on “more important things.”
Of course, the “bigger” steps can be important, too, as long as God is leading them. But, without even the smaller ones being taken, there is nothing bigger. It is so easy to take our blessings for granted and be ungrateful for all that we already possess. But, who can hardly blame us? We are spoiled with so much convenience and entertaining distractions galore in our culture that often we get caught up into thinking that we’re automatically entitled to good things—as Americans, and especially as Christians.
But we are not entitled to a single thing living outside of the kingdom of God (His will), nor are we even promised tomorrow another day. So, let’s start living the lives God intended us to live today, which can only be done through obedience to the Word of God, out of sincere love. Study and get to know it. It is the absolute concrete basis for getting to know God and His true character. And do not neglect to take your walk deeper by becoming intimate with Him in prayer, seeking out His voice and spending quality time in His presence whenever possible (and realizing how very subjective the word “possible” can translate in our language … make it possible). Find a quiet place to be alone with Jesus and allow Him to heal, renew and lead you back to the path where you were meant to be walking with Him all along.
Dear God, thank you for walking with me through the big and small steps in life. I trust that you are leading me down a good and righteous path. Give me faith to trust you when I don’t know what’s going on or I feel scared.