Do you ever wonder what you are doing here? Why did God put you at this place, in this time? Do you consider your purpose or try to examine why you do what you do? We go about our day-to-day spinning our wheels and doing good things. Have you ever thought that maybe these good things are wrong things?
I’ve been convicted lately of this very thing. I feel like the hamster in the proverbial wheel, going long and hard, but getting nowhere. And I’m not talking about getting nowhere as far as the culture defines success. I’m talking about doing good. Good for ourselves, good for others. But I’m convinced that sometimes good things are sometimes wrong things. Not wrong in the morally wrong sense, but wrong for me.
How does that work?
I was teaching 8th grade in a phenomenal school system; I worked with amazing people, taught neat kids. It was a good thing, a noble profession, but it wasn’t what God called me to.
There have been times at church when I agreed to teach a class, one children’s church class in particular. The kids needed a teacher, but I hated it. It wasn’t my calling, but it was a good thing, right?
Years ago, after Eli was born, I had gained too much weight. I needed to get in shape to be healthy enough to raise my babies. So I began to exercise, excessively. I lost weight…looked better than I had ever looked. It was good for my health, but it became an idol–my appearance, the scale. There’s a fine line, friend.
All these, good, yet wrong things.
What’s good and right?
Seeking God and where He would have you is right. Finding where he is working and joining in no matter what that looks like is good and right.
Maybe it’s writing a blog that a handful of people are reading because you know mamas need encouraging in this crazy world. Or perhaps it’s joining in on the local youth camp that’s trying to reach the community for Christ. Maybe it’s leading a community group. It might be homeschooling your kids even though you have no idea what that looks like. Could it be sharing the most private trial of your life so that others can see Jesus glorified?
None of these examples may be right for you. Your good and right will look different than mine, but the beginning is the same. Seeking. Watching. Praying. Joining in the work around you. But not for your checkbox or mine, but for the glory of God. (Check out Experiencing God for more about knowing God’s will for your life.)
Cheap grace or costly grace?
Our associate pastor shared this quote recently. I was struck by the deepness and truth it contains.
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.
Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.
Where do we fall?
All these things we do, even good things are many times done in the light of cheap grace. Going through motions because it’s our box to check off.
This costly grace…. I can’t even begin to explain it to you because I don’t understand it. Above all, I want to; I want to completely give everything of myself to have Jesus.
Lord, let it be. Remind us the cost. Remind us of the treasure. Show us how to take what causes us to stumble, even if it is ourselves, and toss it away. Cause us to leave all to follow you. Help us to seek you again and again, always asking, always knocking. Allow us to see how our good things, our good works, are sometimes wrong. And teach us to find You, where you are working, and join in that thing. That thing, that place where you are working…that’s the good and right thing.
So, I’ll ask again. Do you ever wonder what you are doing here? Why did God put you at this place, in this time? Do you consider your purpose or try to examine why you do what you do?
I’m telling you, sweet friend, you are here for such a time as this. You were created for now. The purpose you serve is right here, right now, serving the Lord, being about his business in all that you do. Living in the light of costly grace, knowing it’s not you…never was you…is what joins our minds and our hearts to the very heart of God.