Am I the only weirdo who asks, “What am I exactly supposed to be doing here anyway?” Or, “Is this really all life is, because it doesn’t feel very “unexplainable”, but rather predictable or dare I say, boring.” I know all of the pat answers: make the world a better place, glorify God, or tell others about Jesus- and I agree with all of them. But my question probes deeper. “How am I supposed to do those things daily in my current circumstances and season of life?”
To be honest, I’ve taken our culture’s extremist mentality into my spiritual journey. You know, people into tattoos, don’t get one, they cover their body with them. People into exercise don’t go for a walk, they complete a triathlon. HGTV doesn’t show us how to update a room, we get an extreme makeover. It has to be big, bold and all consuming. And in my spiritual journey I want to know exactly what God has called me to do and then only do that one thing with every ounce of my focus and energy. If I don’t then it doesn’t feel very unexplainable.
But I’m not so sure that’s what God meant when He said “to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing” (Ephesians 2:10 MSG). God invites us to join Him in the unexplainable and let’s face it- He is doing lots of things! So while I may want God to give me something specific to do, in reality He’s too big for that. There are many ways I can bring Him glory and tell others what He is like. We do that when we take care of our bodies, create places of beauty, share our faith and tend to our responsibilities.
The more I think about it, God is much more specific about our hearts and our attitudes than He is about our actions. Jesus said as we pursue Him, abide in Him, He will show us the work He has for us. Even more, He has given each of us certain gifts to use in the work. That excites me! Look at this promise:
Just think- you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God Himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, Who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of His Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that. (1 Corinthians 1:7-9 MSG).
I may not have my unexplainable life figured out yet. I may tend to go to extremes, but He won’t give up on me. And hopefully, one day when I get to heaven, I’ll meet someone with whom I shared this life who can look me in the eye and say, “I saw Jesus in you!” and that will be unexplainable. Or meet someone who runs up to me and cries, “You! You were the one who told me about Jesus!: And I will know that in that moment, no matter where I was or what I was doing, I was living the unexplainable life God had planned.
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