Worship, Daily Life, and Inconvenience

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) NASB

Several times I have read Ken Boa’s excellent book on Spiritual Formation titled “Conformed to His Image.”  At least one, I studied one chapter each month (conveniently, there are 12 chapters) and considered the basic aspects of how God forms us into the people He desires us to be.

Of course, there is way too much to summarize in a short devotional, but one passage is important when we think about our lives of “busy-ness.”  We often are disappointed when the demands of life interrupt the plans we have to practice a little, or take a break, or meet with friends, or read a book.  People, work and circumstances seem to run interference with our plans.

I don’t know about you – but it’s really annoying when I have to change my plans or get thrust into something unexpected and unplanned.

Let me share a quote from Ken Boa’s book:

We know that we are in a formative process and that God is not finished with us yet, but we must also remember that we cannot control or create the product.  Furthermore, we cannot measure our ministry or impact on others in this life.  If we forget this, we will be in a hurry to accomplish significant things by the world’s standard of reckoning…Henri Nouwen used to ask God to get rid of his interruptions so he could get on with his ministry.  “Then I realized that interruptions are my ministry.”  As servants and ambassadors of the King, we must be obedient in the daily process even when we cannot see what difference our obedience makes.

With that thought in mind, I’d like to encourage you (and myself) to relish the moments you find yourself in throughout the day.  Is it an untimely phone call?  Is it the need of a child or grandchild?  Is it overtime hours at work?  Is it a sick band member?  Is it a broken down car…or mower…or hot water heater…or a broken guitar string?

These needs reflect those good works Paul mentions in Ephesians.  God has them prepared for us.  We may have all kinds of grand plans and schemes ourselves, yet He knows His own workmanship in us, and has created us for a purpose.  Often we are looking for some BIG THING, but God is asking us to live life each day, to notice what He puts before us, and then do it!

It is within this daily obedience to His will that He builds our character.  So many people ask what God’s will is for their lives, yet fail to notice the many opportunities each day to fulfill His will by walking in the good works He has prepared for them.

No matter what, the unexpected circumstances of life often become Divine Opportunities to be obedient in the path of life God has placed before us.  We can be disappointed in the change of plans, but let us also have a grateful heart for what we have right in front of us!  Let’s not miss what is right here, because we are distracted with what is out there.

Heavenly Father, thank You for working in me and through me.  Help me to see those good things you have placed in my path each day, and help me to do them.  Grant me the vision to see what the future might be because of where you have me today.  Amen

 

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Posted on August 25, 2015, in Content of Worship, Corporate Worship, Leadership, theology, Worship Leader and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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