Thursday, December 29, 2011


"Make sure you understand what the Master wants." Ephesians 5:17

Have you ever mistakenly picked somebody's luggage off a conveyer belt at the airport and taken it home?  Two seconds after opening it up you discovered - you cannot live out of somebody's bag!  You cannot wear their clothes or fit into their shoes.  So why do we try to?  Parents!  Dad says, "Son, your granddad was a farmer, I am a farmer, and someday you will inherit the farm."  Teachers!  A teacher warns a young girl who wants to be a stay-at-home mom, "Do not squander your life.  With your gifts you could make it to the top."  Church leaders!  "Jesus was a missionary.  Do you want to please Him?  Spend your life on foreign soil."  Sound counsel or poor advice?  That depends on what God packed in your bag.  What if God made the farmer's son with a passion for literature or medicine?  Or gave that girl a love for kids and homemaking?  If foreign cultures frustrate you while predictability invigorates you, what are the chances you would be a happy missionary?  "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" Psalms 139:16.  God gives us eyes for organization, ears for music, hearts that beat for justice, minds that understand physics, hands that love care giving, legs that run and win races.  Secular thinking does not buy this.  It sees no author behind the book and no purpose behind or beyond life.  It says, "You can be anything you want to be."  Wrong!  Do not make their mistake.  Do not live carelessly or unthinkingly.  "Make sure you understand what the Master wants."

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