Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Deuteronomy 9:4-12; Psalm 45; Hebrews 3:1-11; John 2:13-22

A year and a half ago I went to Montana to help out with the youth mission trip. During the week God began renewing in me a need for change. I came back from that trip knowing that God had big plans for my life. Those plans will involve huge changes in lifestyle, work, and family which will continue for the rest of my life. Honestly, I wasn’t ready to make those changes.

Living for Jesus is both incredibly easy and incredibly difficult. Jesus allows us to share eternity with him through the simple act of accepting him as our Lord and Savior. The problem is what comes next. If we really do accept Christ as our Savior, then our entire lives need to reflect that acceptance.

I was listening to a talk by a priest, Timothy Keller, who said, “Religion is ‘I obey, therefore I’m accepted.’ The Gospel is ‘I’m accepted by what Jesus Christ has done for me, therefore I obey.’ ”

After our mission trip I began seeing my place in the world differently. God has made it even clearer that he has plans for me which affect more than my day-to-day schedule. I’ve found all sorts of ways to put off his focus.

Maybe focusing on other people and God is more a dream I’d love instead of a calling from God. Maybe I’m just imagining it all. Shouldn’t I be 100% sure that it’s God who wants me to change my whole livelihood for him? Should I really ask my family to change because of a call from God?

The Israelites saw God’s works and miracles all the time but they constantly turned away from him. They were religious without really understanding that their covenant with God was a gift. Obeying God is a gift which we are privileged to accept. God has made my life the amazing gift that it is, and I look forward to how he will continue to do this for the rest of the world in the future. I’m finding that I want to be a part of that future no matter what he asks of me.

God’s calling. Are you going to answer?

Tom Leary

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