This blog is supposed to be, as much as I can, my daily journey through life as a Christian. I hope it to be my thoughts and feelings on life but be as grounded in the Christian message as it can. My intention is not to create a daily readings or bible study guide but to look at my life in terms of a Christian trying to find and follow God's mission using his Life User's Manuel AKA the Bible.

Matthew 10 19-20

And don't you worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words. - Matthew 10 19-20

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Matthew stood up and followed him

Matthew 9:9
    Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His name was Matthew. Jesus said, "Come along with me." Matthew stood up and followed him.

If Jesus told you to stop everything you were doing and follow Him would you? If Jesus was calling you to be something different than you ever dreamt of could you give up all you had? If Jesus asked that you change your life in almost every way how would you react?

The truth is Jesus is calling all of us, I have mentioned this before. He has a path and a plan marked out for all of us. But what happens if that plan is radically different to our own. Does that mean God wants you to turn your back on everything you have done so far?

This is a point I am "discussing" currently with various people. The fact that my life up to this point has been if anything heading away from God. That everything I have done in life in preparing for the future has been everything but what I believe God is calling me to go do.

Yet God wastes nothing, all the experiences and all I have learned will put me in good standing for the future. The "transferable skills" I have will be invaluable for the job I believe I am called to. God can use me as I am and use what I have to do His work. He knew before I was alive the things I would do, the path I would take, because He has plans for me to do. God's plan in my life did not include the hurt and heartache I have endured in the past, but it can utilise what I learned from it to do His work in the future.

We have to trust in God, we know he will always lead us to do what is good. That He will always be there helping us and protecting us.

Jeremiah 29:11-14
    I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 
   "When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. 
   "When you come looking for me, you'll find me.
  "Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." 

1 comment:

  1. Good post. I agree with all of it except one little part. God's plan for you DID include all the grief and pain and heartbreak you have experienced. He planned it because that is how we, as humans, learn. We learn through our grief, we learn through our pain, we learn through our heartbreak. We don't pay as much attention to the lessons we are taught during the times of joy. We don't learn through other people's pain. We learn from our own personal experiences with pain.

    I am currently learning a lot these days...