Whether we know it or not. Whether we care to acknowledge it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we even want it or not, each of us has a purpose outside of ourselves, an assignment you might say.
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
What do you see? Usually what we see is simply what is right before our eyes.
We see our job, our responsibilities, our family, friends and our church. These are good things. However it is easy to get stuck in seeing only these. Our vision becomes limited and narrowed to only ourselves and life right before us, we become one dimensional.
I’ve been there. I managed several 50,000 square foot retail stores which brought in multi millions of dollars every year. The companies I worked for required a lot of my time. Minimum 50-60 hours a week. During peak seasons often more of upwards to 70 hours.
When I was off from work I wanted to relax, rest, and enjoy my family. I didn’t have a lot of spare time. What was before me was my job, and my family. In-spite of my limit of time, I would try to make the most of the time I had. I knew my destiny was not in retail management. That was simply what I was doing to provide for my family. Was I successful? Yes.
What I chose to do was use my job, my position to influence people the best I could within the confines of company guidelines. I chose to use my position as a platform to invest into people.
Have you seen a good 3D movie where things jump off the big screen and seem to be so real and alive, right in front of your face? This is how we are to see. A 2D movie just doesn't seem quite as spectacular after a good 3D movie. Living seeing only life right before us is like a 2D movie, not so spectacular if you were to live seeing life through God's eyes
God wants us to see beyond what we see. He wants us to see ourselves, and the world around us differently than the average man or woman. Listen! You are not normal. You are different. The Bible says you are a peculiar people. Don’t attempt to blend. Don't attempt to be like everyone else because you are not!
God has a different purpose for you than you might have thought. You have seen one thing, but God sees things an entirely different way. He is not limited by our small thinking. On your best day your intellect is nothing. All of your schooling, all of the great intellectual thought amounts to a heap of dung.
Man is so wise in his own eyes. But his vision is so limited the wisdom men have acquired amounts to nothing more than adolescent thought.
Our greatest universities, our greatest scientists haven’t anything but theories. They theorise about gravity because they have fallen. They theorise about space because they see stars. They theorise about our existence because they have dug up bones. The greatest of mans intellect are no more closer to explaining anything. In-fact the more they discover, the more questions they have.
Why am I saying all of these things? Because your purpose is not tied to a great intellect. Your purpose is not tied to Schooling, your job, your nationality, the colour of your skin, your accent, how beautiful or ugly you are.
It’s not the cool person who makes a difference, it’s not the intellectual who makes a difference, it’s not even the kind person who makes a difference. It’s the person who loves God and seeks to follow Him by more than just a prayer and church attendance who seeks to ???
A person who will truly make a difference sees beyond what the natural eye can see, but sees into eternity. When you see people as an eternal being who will at the end of this natural life will spend eternity in only one of two places, those being Heaven or Hell. You will not only begin to live your life differently, but will make time to make an eternal difference in someone’s life.
What is amazing to me is how through out the Bible God chose those who no one else would have chosen to accomplish amazing things.
GOD SEES THINGS DIFFERENTLY
Let’s look at a few of those we would consider unlikely to make a difference.
God asked him to tell Ninevah that they were wicked and God would judge them if they didn’t repent for their evil. Jonah’s first response was to split, to run! That didn’t pan out how Jonah thought it would.
1 Samuel 16:1-16
David, he was a youth that when the prophet Samuel came to find the new king as God directed, Davids own father dismissed David as a king. He totally forgot about David. Samuel had to ask him if he had any other sons, and Davids father responds, “well I guess there’s David who’s tending the sheep”.
Many people are going to look at us and dismiss us from what God has planned because we are Irish, because we are Nigerian, because we are Pilipino, Polish, because we are American. Who cares what they think!!! There will always be naysayers, but they are the ones with small minds, small thinking, and small hearts.
What is God putting on your heart to do? You may not like me have had a lot of time to make an impact. However there are lots of moments through out your day you can make a difference. Do you ride the bus to and from work? You can make a difference by a simple conversation. While your waiting to pick up your children from school you can have a simple conversation with the parent standing next to you picking up their child.
We all have some time, moments where we can choose to make a difference.
CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
I think we sell ourselves short. We have bought into the idea that because we might look different, act different, sound different, have an education, or don't have an education, we have little money, because we are a woman, or even because we are a man for that matter, that we can not make a difference.
The only limitations placed upon us are those we allow to be placed there.
I love what Pastor Bill Wilson of Metro World Child said “Can you make a difference, or do you think that is for someone else?”
Most Christians fail to walk out God’s purpose for their lives because they fail to recognise it. We think God’s purpose must be something grand and bigger than life. In truth, it is the small things. It is the simple conversation you have with a friend in which you endeavour to share the gospel. It is the simple act of kindness you make to show Christ’s love.
We think God is going to appear to us by some burning bush as He did Moses or His Spirit is going to ascend and rest on us as it did Jesus. Don’t be so flaky. God simply wants us to make a difference right where we are. Is there a greater purpose? What do you see? Do you see simply what is right before you, or can you see a bigger picture?
I am suggesting to you that there is.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”
We are all in a race whether we know it or not. I would say that many Christians do know it but don’t care to participate. Why is that? That is a question they will have to answer when they stand before the judgment seat one day.
*I’m Asking you today, “What do you see”?
*Can you make a difference? Or is that for someone else?