For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
– 1 Corinthians 3:9
I am always encouraged when I open my Bible and read about the amazing lives of many remarkable people. Each story is filled with so much obedience and faith. Every person chose to look past their circumstances, their weaknesses, and their fears, and obediently trust The Lord wherever He led.
Moses, not thinking he was worthy, capable, or qualified, chose to obey The Lord, and face Pharaoh. Not knowing how the story would play out, he trusted in the words of his God, and lead the Israelites to freedom.
Noah heard the instructions of His Father, ignored the mocking and ridicule from the world, and obediently built the ark.
Paul, knowing all that was at stake, decided to take a chance and keep boldly sharing the beautiful Gospel of Jesus Christ to all that would hear.
I don’t know about you, but when I read about what other Christians have done for The Lord, how they have dedicated their whole being to serving Him, I am so inspired. It makes me want to drop everything I’m doing, put the pedal to the metal, and get right to work for Him.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
– James 2:18
You see, faith is not just about believing, it’s also about doing. We will be judged one day for what we have done for the Kingdom of God. We will have to face this reality: did we live our lives to serve our Lord, or did we live to serve ourselves. Did we go along our merry way, believing that through our church attendance we were doing our part, or did we finally stop dillydallying around, and put our all into working for Christ?
I will be the first one to admit, I have spent my life focused on me. Yes, I truly love The Lord, and yes I spend time seeking Him, but have I really dedicated my life to Him, to giving Him all of me, to putting myself aside, and putting Jesus at the forefront? Honestly, I really wish I could say I have, but no, I haven’t. So, believe me, I am not writing this post from a place of superiority, I am just another self-centered Christian.
I wanted to write this post to encourage us, though, to see that this life and the things of it are all vanity. What we do for the Kingdom of God is the only thing with real, eternal value. We need to keep plowing that field, brothers and sisters, and do what we can to build His Kingdom.
Now is the time to get up, and start walking in faith. We don’t know the day or the hour that Jesus will come back, but I know I definitely don’t want to be standing there when those beautiful trumpets sound, and think “Why didn’t I do more?”.
As Christians, we have such a high calling, one that must not be taken lightly. We are called to be a witness to the lost, to share Christ’s love, and to speak the beautiful hope of Jesus to the world.
He has amazing plans for each one of us, but we first must be willing. We must let go of the things of this world that we hold so dear, and we must really start focusing on eternity.
Have you ever felt The Lord nudging you to make a move but maybe you began to have doubts?
Has He been revealing His plans to you but you aren’t sure if you have what it takes?
Did He guide you in a certain direction but you’ve been stuck wondering if it is really the road that you want to follow?
I’ll start by saying that I don’t have all the answers, but what I know without an ounce of doubt is this: If The Lord is directing you somewhere and if He is showing you His will for your life, you need to obediently follow.
I’m not going to pretend that it’s always going to be easy, but it is always going to be worth it!
A lot of the time following His lead takes faith. Faith to believe in His urging, faith to believe that He will never lead you down the wrong path, and faith to believe that He will walk beside you every step of the way.
Working For Jesus
If you have recently been wondering whether you should follow where you feel He is leading, or if you should cautiously hold back, well, here is what His Word says..
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, foreasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
– 1 Corinthians 15:58
You see, the word abounding means to overflow, to be plentiful, to go past. The Lord is calling us to always keep moving forward in His work. He wants us to be persistent in it, and not to shy away when it all seems like too much.. too much work, too much money, too much uncertainty.
We must be steadfast and dedicated to His works. We must be unmovable (physically and emotionally), we must stay focused and keep pressing toward the mark.
There may be times when The Lord is asking us to give up our dream in order to fulfill His plans. But what if it’s what we’ve been working to reach our whole adult life? What if it’s our passion, our happiness, our identity? Do we reject His calling in favor of our own? As hard as it can be to hear, the answer is always no. If we want to be obedient, God-honoring Christians, then that requires us to give up our own will for His.
What if God calls us to sell everything we own: our house, our car, our possessions, and uproot our family to another part of the world to serve Him in the mission fields? For someone with a very unadventurous, resistant to change, personality like mine, I would probably refuse, stomp my feet, and try to come up with any excuse to not go. But I can truly say that if this was His calling for my life, I really really hope that I would obey.
You see, The Lord doesn’t expect us to always be 100% happy and eager to dive into the plans He has for us. Do you think Noah was super excited when God told Him to build a massive ark, especially when everyone was laughing at him? I doubt it. The Lord does expect us to be willing, though. Even if at first it’s tough, even if all we want to do is plead with Him to find someone else to do the job, we always need to follow.
I don’t know where His path leads, but I can promise you this, wherever He leads will always be right.
..but this one thing I do: forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:13-14
When fear makes its way in, when every part of you wants to give up, when we don’t agree with His plans, let’s continue to keep moving forward, let’s always hold onto faith. Let’s follow in the footsteps of the righteous men and women before us, who overcame great adversity in order to fulfill His will.
Yes, there may be times that it won’t be easy, but that’s okay! Many times, the things that are hard, are the things that are most worthwhile.
Loving God More Than Our Dreams
You see, The Lord does not want lukewarm Christians. He wants us to love Him so much that we leave our dreams to follow His. Our works should never be religious, they should always be done out of our love for Jesus.
Paul is such a beautiful example of giving his all for Christ. He left his old life behind and chose to make working for The Lord his new life. I bet there were many times that he questioned God’s will, but still, he never gave up.
We must strive to have that same passion for building His Kingdom, and for sharing His hope with the lost.
The Whys & Hows
So, what exactly does it mean to work for The Lord, and how exactly do we find out what He wants us to do?
Well, I am certainly no expert, but really, working for Him can mean many different things. We all have different callings on our lives, and if we are willing, The Lord will use us in any way that He sees fit.
We definitely don’t want to make these decisions on our own, though. We need to remember that if we are not in The Lord’s will, then our works are for not.
To be in His will we must diligently and relentlessly pursue Him and His answers. Here are a few ways we can begin to learn what His calling is for our lives:
- We need to spend a lot of time in His Word, and allow Him to reveal Himself through it.
- We need to pray numerous times a day and ask Him to speak to our hearts and our minds.
- We need to have a time of worship every day. Worship holds so much power, it is a beautiful time of communion between us and our Lord. When we worship Him with our whole hearts, He anoints us, He blesses us, He draws near to us, and He speaks to us.
- Get council from righteous brothers and sisters. Talk to the Pastors at your church, or others you trust that will give you wise, scripturally sound advice, and ask them to pray over you.
- Be still before Him. This is SO important! If we are always busy and preoccupied, the chances of us hearing The Lord’s voice becomes less. We need to find time to be quiet, still, and patient while we wait for Him to speak.
Eternal Treasures Over Earthly Treasures
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
– Matthew 6:19-20
We can get so caught up in the things of this life. Of course, we all want enough money to live comfortably, we want a nice house, the perfect family, and a job that we love. You see, the problem does not lie in wanting these things, but in making our desire for them bigger than our desire to serve The Lord, and in choosing to pursue them instead of pursuing Him.
Like the scripture says, we need to stop making the “treasures” of this world #1 in our hearts. We need to stop putting all of our energy, and strength into achieving them. None of these will last for eternity, none of these will ever fill the longing inside, and none of these will make any difference when we’re standing face to face with our Saviour.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
– Matthew 6:33
Joy, peace, strength, love, victory, hope.. we won’t find any of these when we throw our whole selves into seeking after the things of this world. We won’t ever be complete when we push our Spiritual responsibilities aside in order to focus solely on our worldly ones.
Always Be Willing For The Lord
Our God has a great and mighty calling for each of His people, but He needs us to be willing to go. We need to be like the prophet Isaiah:
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
– Isaiah 6:8
Let’s be so ready and willing to go wherever our God leads. Let’s have the obedience to choose trust when logic tells us to doubt.
It really isn’t easy to look past our dreams, our fears, and our hesitations, and blindly walk in faith. I know, though, that when we choose to obey Him in every situation, He will always make a way. God is always good, and He is always faithful.
Don’t lose faith, my dear friends, His plans may be different than ours, but I can promise you that His will always be better. We might not get everything we have always hoped for, but believe me, all that will pale in comparison to the glorious blessings He gives to those that abandon their will and faithfully pursue His.
But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
– Acts 26:16