2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 – 11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
My study Bible says God initiates every good purpose and every act prompted by faith. So God is initiating in us the faith to do the actions that bring Him glory. Pretty powerful stuff, huh?
Many times we wonder if we’re called, or if it is us longing for a purpose. God is so gracious, he puts the desire in our hearts to complete what He calls us to do. If you have a longing to do something for God which doesn’t go away, you’re probably called.
So why do we want to do this frustrating thing anyway? In my case, it’s staring at a blank page, then becoming such good friends with the delete button, that I sometimes delete more than I’ve typed for the whole day. For you, it may be entirely different, but for everyone there comes a time when what we’re called to do seems impossible. We strive for perfection, hoping God will accept our service to him, but the bible says our strongest goal should be glorifying the name of Jesus Christ.
‘Worthy’ is almost as scary as ‘called’, since we’re not worthy of much. We may feel unable to perform the work He’s called us to, or uncertain what our calling is. One of the scariest things is knowing we’re to reach others for Christ, but not knowing how. So, what can we do?
- Know that God is in charge. His words and actions are what touches a heart. Our part is to listen and obey.
- Work at exercising our gift. We keep learning so we can represent God to the world in the best possible way.
- Relax. God knows you want to serve Him. He knows your heart. And He positioned you where you are for a reason.
So when I doubt God meant it when He pointed my way, (I turned around to see who was behind me) I remember that as long as my heart is right, and I’m doing my best to point others to Him, then I’m right where I need to be.