In the last few posts I’ve talked about us all having a calling from God upon our lives and the importance of continuing to trust God and to step out when opportunities come across our path, even if life can feel very limiting sometimes. It’s very important in doing this that we don’t see doing this as some kind of cold duty, but rather us having the privilege and pleasure of working with our Father.
It says in Hebrews
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many’.Hebrews 12:15
There lies the two routes we need to take in order to help keep our hearts right if things take longer to be fulfilled than we would hope.
Sometimes I come across Christians for whom life hasn’t turned out as they had hoped, but I find two different groups of them.
One group have essentially lost hope, and express their disappointment at every opportunity.
The other group are still full of an awareness of the love of God and, whilst they will talk about their struggles and ask for prayer and encouragement to press on, are still trusting God and putting their hope in Him.
Both groups are dealing with disappointment, but one is spreading that disappointment, whilst the other is spreading faith and trust.
What makes the difference?
What makes the difference for the second group?
The answer is in the verse above.
They are keeping full of the grace of God, of an awareness of His love for us, that all we have is from Him and that if everything else falls away, we still have God who is our everything.
His call upon us is to step out faithfully in what He calls us to do, so that we will hear Him say ‘well done, good and faithful servant’.
We do not know the effects that the seeds we plant will have, and sometimes we are called to model something that someone else in another generation will pick up and run with. Hebrews 12 talks about heroes of faith, those who stepped out in faith with God, and in verse 13 it says
all these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance’.Hebrews 12:13
Verse 39 goes on to say
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised since God had planned something better for us so hat only together with us would they be made perfect’.Hebrews 12:39
It comes back to the fact that fruit is God’s responsibility. Our responsibility is to be obedient to what He has called us to do, and to continue to trust in His love.
Where are you?
If you are in the group who has lost hope, I want to assure you that there is hope for you. The answer is not to back away, but to be honest about your disappointment and hurt and, with the help of friends in the church, get built up in the grace and love of God all over again.
There is an old show business adage
it’s not how you start. It’s how you finish’.
Let’s all continually keep getting built up in the grace of God, through seeking God and building each other up, and finish our race well.