Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mediocre Christianity

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.” (1 Corinthians 7:17, ESV)

Sometimes we think we can only fulfill God's purposes for our lives if our circumstances change. If we finish our education. If we get the kids through this stage (whichever one that is). If we accomplish our five-year plan. If we get out of debt.

Our goals cast ambitious eyes on the future and brace our hearts against the mundane moments of the present. "I can't wait to be done with this..."

But what if God has put us where we are on purpose? What if our circumstances aren't a breakdown in the plan, but the plan itself?

Disclaimer: God indeed encourages bettering yourself, remedying problems and looking forward to the future. But he doesn't encourage any of that at the expense of your present calling.

The sovereign God over all creation, the one who conducts history like an orchestra and orchestrates the conduct of man, he is the same one who has called you, and you alone, to your God-glorifying role in his plan.

Your "mediocrity" works to his glory, your "underwhelming" life is deftly woven into the grandeur of his plans. Your "here and now" is exactly where God has placed you and is everything you could ask for to glorify him.

Today is the day. Right now is the moment. 

Through joy and trial, embrace the life the Lord has assigned you to live.

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