Now What?

Posted: January 19, 2009 by Josiah Batten in Christian living, Devotional
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Over the weekend my sister introduced me to a game called “The Magic Pen.” Basically, you have a red ball or square, depending on the level, and you need to move that to a flag/several flags by drawing objects, ramps, balls, sticks, hinges, etc… Nearly my entire family got on a Magic Pen kick. There were 26 levels, and we had to beat them. Yesterday, I had some free time so I played, and I finally beat it. Then, I realized something. I have nothing to do now. What does one do once the challenge is conquered? I no longer have to prove that I’m smart enough to do it. That game means nothing anymore, and I no longer have any objectives or purposes regarding it. My one objective was to beat all 26 levels, and I did that.

Sometimes I think we begin to fear that we will arrive at that place in our relationship with God. We fear we will arrive at the place where there’s nothing left for us to do. We fear we won’t have much use anymore, and we’ll just have to find ways to occupy our time.

Thankfully, that day will never come in our lives on this planet. God has a plan for us. Psalm 139:16 says, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (NIV)

It’s really amazing to think about. If we read all of Psalm 139, we read about how God knit us together in our mother’s womb, and about how God knew us before we were even made. We’re not a cosmic accident. God purposefully formed us, like someone building a Lego replica of the Empire State Building. God carefully placed each and every piece with a plan for the finished product. Some people have estimated that we are composed of so much that if we lined our atoms up one by one they would reach the moon. Isn’t that amazing? Do we honestly think God would spend all that time on us for nothing? I don’t think so.

I think God has a plan and a purpose for us. As we grow closer to Him we will discover that more and more. God designed us for adventure, for danger, for passionate pursuit. We should think of life as less like staying at a hotel and more like a hiking trip – we have God, we have what He has equipped us with, and we have each other. And we may have to hike up a hill on a path wide enough for just one person with no guardrails and a several hundred foot drop in between us and the ground… but it’s exactly those types of hikes that become adventures and which cause us to learn the most!

What if God has called us to be the Winston Churchills, the Abraham Lincolns, the Teddy Roosevelts, the William Wilberforces, the High King Peters, the Legolas and Gimlis, the Billy Grahams, the D.L. Moodys, the Audio Adrenalines, or the Martin Luthers?

Most assuredly, God has not called us to myopia, smug spiritual complacency and religious boredom.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” -Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV

God bless!

Josiah

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