You've Been Drafted!
We have a small band of guys that meets on Wednesday nights, just to read and discuss the Bible. We've been meeting for several years and have made it through five or six books, so far.
One night, we spent the entire hour & some minutes one one verse. That happens because we have only a couple of real ground rules .. we chase all rabbits and answer all questions (to whatever extent we can).
It's been a real pleasure to lead this group (which the church refers to as "Discipleship Training"), and the other night one of the guys said something that really rang some bells with me. It should be noted that he's no Calvinist, but what he said would sure make Presbyterians spread high-fives.
Craig (Reeves) is a fairly quiet guy, but as we were discussing a passage in Colossians, he said something like "You know, in a football draft, when you pick someone, it's for a specific position. You don't just draft someone because you like him". He also wondered whether God doesn't operate on the same basis. That, when He calls us and saves us, it's for a specific purpose.
I think Craig made a great point .. that God "drafted" us to fill a particular position in His Body. That He has something specific in mind for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 (New International Version, ©2010)
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
So let me ask: if God prepared the works for us, in advance, then He knew what they were to be, right? And still knows, right?
So .. how are WE to know? Simple .. consider the following:
Psalm 37:4 (New International Version, ©2010)
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Yes, I know we're taught not to trust our feelings, to seek God's will, but we seem to ignore the promise that He'll give us the desires of our heart (heart being the seat of our will, not the blood-pumping organ in the chest), if we take delight in Him.
SO .. let me get this straight .. God planned in advance what He wants us to do ... He put the desires in our heart for what He wants us to do .. and we're still trying to figure out our role in all this?
That makes no sense to me. And, apparently, I'm not alone .. the Rev. Wade Burleson seems to agree .. here.
I agree with Wade's final conclusion. Ask yourself what it is you want to do, in the Kingdom work, see if the door's open, and jump in!
And as far as knowing whether what's on your heart is sin or not, check this verse...
Psalm 119:11 (New International Version, ©2010)
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Assuming you (like me) haven't got it all hidden in our hearts, check the Bible if there's any doubt. Or, seek Godly counsel. But I know this from experience: it's worth the effort.