Making A Difference

August 12, 2009

Are all of the “choices” you have in life helping you make a difference for Jesus in your world? Are do the abundance of opportunities in your life actually paralyze your ability to serve the Kingdom well?

“My fear is that of all the choices people face today, the one they rarely consider is, ‘How can i serve most effectively and fruitfully in the local church?’ I wonder if the abundance of opportunities to explore today is doing less to help make well-rounded disciples of Christ and more to help Christians avoid long-term responsibility and have less long-term impact.”

(Kevin DeYoung, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach To Finding God’s Will Or How To Make A Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing In The Sky, Etc, p.36-37)

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Fanny J. Crosby was one of the great hymnwriters of the 19th century.  We still sing many of her songs today.  Just look up her name in the author index of your hymnal and prepare to be impressed.

One of the interesting things about Mrs. Crosby is that she was blind.  If you’ve grown up around church, you probably knew that.  It’s one of those little facts that isn’t taught but you somehow manage to pick up anyway: “True fellowship involves food, passing notes during the sermon usually leads to trouble, and Fanny J. Crosby was blind.”

But here’s something you probably didn’t know, even if you’ve been to church all your life — how Mrs. Crosby became blind and what she thought of her blindness.  I came across the following quote when I was skimming her autobiography earlier this week.  I was astounded.  May God grant each of us to see our own limitations as clearly as this blind saint saw hers. Read the rest of this entry »

Popular evangelistic tracts suggest, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.”

Does God love you? Absolutely. Does He have a plan for your life? Of course. So what’s wrong with this statement? It suggests that God wants you to know what that plan is. Read that again, slowly, because I suspect the statement will trouble you since it appears that I am suggesting that God doesn’t want you to know what His plan is for your life. And you are right. I am suggesting that. He doesn’t necessarily want you to know what His plan is for your life. What He wants is for you to walk with Him in faith, trusting Him to enable you to navigate this journey we call life.

Two days ago I picked up Kevin DeYoung’s very helpful book titled: Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach To Finding God’s Will – OR- How To Make A Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing In The Sky, Etc. Over the next several days I’ll be posting quotes from each chapter in hopes of motivating you to read this book! I’ve already found it to be insightful and challenging.

God is not a Magic 8-Ball we shake up and peer into whenever we have a decision to make. He is a good God who gives us brains, shows us the way of obedience, and invites us to take risks for Him. We know God has a plan for our lives. That’s wonderful. The problem is that we think He’s going to tell us the wonderful plan before it unfolds. We feel like we can know – and need to know – what God wants every step of the way. But such preoccupation with finding God’s will , as well-intentioned as the desire may be, is more folly than freedom.

The better way is the biblical cal: Seek first the kingdom of God, and then trust that He will take care of our needs, even before we know what they are and where we’re going.