Last week, I was reading Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost for His Highest” and on March 4th he writes, “Always consider that ‘you are not your own’ (1 Corinthians 6:19). You are His.”
These words really struck me, because there are so many times that I feel like I’m living my life for me and I don’t want to share the control or be inconvenienced.
Chambers also references Acts 20:4 when Paul says, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.” Paul saw his purpose on earth to faithfully administer the calling that God had given to him and proclaim the message of the Gospel everywhere he went. Nothing else mattered.
I think it can be so easy to try to fit Christ into a life that we’ve created for ourselves and say, “Jesus, I believe in you and I want to delight in your blessings; but I need you to fit in this box and not mess things up. Sometimes we don’t want out lives to be disrupted by the call of God on our lives.
Who are we to tell Jesus where to fit?
Jesus doesn’t owe us anything. He died to bring us closer to God out of His incredible love for us. We have been saved by grace and grace alone. Ephesians 2 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works so that no one can boast.” It goes on to say, “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared us in advance to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
We belong to God, we are His workmanship, and we each have a purpose. Instead of trying to fit God into our lives, how can we become a part of His life? How can we partner with Him and live our lives in such a way that we are bringing Him glory and fulfilling our divine calling?
It’s a lot easier said than done, but I’m pretty sure the best way to start is through prayer…
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. ”