When things get busy and there are due dates to meet, hours to work at a job that isn’t very exciting (Sbux), relationships to maintain, and not enough hours in the day, it gets easy to lose a sense of purpose.
As a future-oriented person, I tend to plan a lot. I think of the future a lot. Being aware of this, I have tried to counter it by focusing on the now. Still, I can’t help but wonder, what’s next? That’s often followed by a, “how is right now related to what’s next?” And a “why I am here doing this, and not that?”… I want the big picture. God doesn’t seem to work that way.
Jesus calls us to make disciples. There is the assumption, and rightly so, that he will equip us to do that calling well – even though we don’t have all the answers. In fact, 40 000 denominations in the Christian Religion tells me that God is okay with using people who don’t have all the answers. This is freeing.
There’s something beautiful about God’s use of broken people in order to make disciples. I believe it’s so closely connected to our human calling to ‘make shalom’. I’m not sure which one comes first, but it’s granted that making shalom includes making disciples, and vice versa.
With that said, by faith I can believe that all that is happening now and will happen in the future is a means by which God is using in order to produce that thing we call fruit. All the studying and learning, which I love, is not meant for some intellectual gluttony fest. It’s meant to make me a cultivator of shalom and maker of disciples. This is good news and fills my heart with hope and joy. It draws me into worship — and i don’t just mean singing, but singing included.
This means that right now, God is meeting with us. In the busyness, in the times of relaxation, in the times of curiosity, questioning, wonder, and doubt: God is working on us.
And God is faithful.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10