10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. — Ephesians 2:10 NLT
When we think about God’s choices and blessings from a human viewpoint, they make little or no sense to us. Why would God call this person or that person to do a particular job? Why would He call them and not me? If we look deeper, those that God calls are given greater responsibilities and asked to do things that most of us would never agree to do. Look at the prophet Isaiah. God told Isaiah to walk around Israel for three years naked and barefoot preaching and prophesying. (Isaiah 20) That’s not exactly what I had in mind when I accepted Jesus as my Savior and it is not something I would want to do. With great blessings, there is usually great sacrifice. Mary was chosen to be the Mother of the Messiah. The angel told her she was highly favored and blessed and she certainly was. But with that blessing came much suffering and pain of heart for Mary. She watched as her own family and their own people rejected Jesus on a daily basis, She watched as He suffered great pain from a crown of thorns that mocked Him. She watched as He suffered even greater pain on the cross and as His side was pierced and His life flowed out of Him. I would not want to watch a child of mine go through that. God prepares each of us for the work He knows that we will do. We should be grateful He has chosen us for whatever task He has prepared for us to do and do it to the best of our ability. Don’t miss out on the blessings because we feel the work is small and insignificant. Nothing God asks us to do is insignificant.
10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” — Zechariah 4:10 NLT
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. — Hebrews 6:10-12 NIV
Accepting Jesus as our Savior is the first step on a journey from here to heaven. We know our destination and we know that our arrival has been secured by the blood of Jesus. The huge difference in this trip and one that we might plan to take here on earth is that we don’t know the specifics of the route. Generally, we know that it is ever onward and upward, but what does that entail on a minute by minute basis? We are facing a great unknown and we must take every step by faith.
17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” — Romans 1:17 NIV
So we must study the gospel to know the way. There is no earthly GPS that is going to lead us to heaven. But, God, in His great mercy and love for us installed a guide within us when we accepted His Son as our Savior. We must learn to listen to the Guide to stay on the path. The way will not always be smooth and level. It can get rocky and there will be valleys and mountains. Just remember that every valley has two mountains and we travel from mountain to mountain not knowing what is over the next one. The important thing to KNOW is that we are never alone and if we get lost on the journey, the great Shepherd will leave the flock, come find us and carry us back to the straight and narrow path.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.— Proverbs 3:5, 6 NIV