One of my new favorite things to do is read My Utmost for His Highest every day. I have my Grammie’s copy. It is taped at the binding and falling apart. But, I love it. Each page is decorated with markings of red, black and blue. She always had a fresh pack of pens in those standard colors. And in the margins of each page, she would write the year and something significant about that day.
I found it when I was rummaging through her belongings recently. She treasured it so much and I knew that I wanted to start reading it every day. It’s so special because I can see how God spoke to her. It so comforting to know that the same God that spoke to her years ago speaks to me where I am now.
Lately I have been questioning my purpose. Just thinking and rethinking about why God has me here. The devotional from October 25th helped me tremendously. I believe it was no coincidence that God had me find her book on that exact day just in time to read this passage. I underlined the pieces that my Grammie did for y’all. I hope it speaks to you.
SUMBITTING TO GOD’S PURPOSE
A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. Never protest by saying, “If only I were somewhere else!” All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. Unless we have the right purpose intellectually in our minds and lovingly in our hearts, we will very quickly be diverted from being useful to God. We are not workers for God by choice. Many people deliberately choose to be workers, but they have no purpose of God’s almighty grace or His mighty Word in them. Paul’s whole heart, mind, and soul were consumed with the great purpose of what Jesus Christ came to do, and he never lost sight of that one thing. We must continually confront ourselves with the one central fact – “…Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
“I chose you…” (John 15:16). Keep these words as a wonderful reminder in your theology. It is not that you have gotten God, but that He has gotten you. God is at work bending, breaking, molding, and doing exactly as He choose. And why is He doing it? He is doing it for only one purpose – that He may be able to say, “This is My man, and this is My woman.” We have to be in God’s hand so that He can place others on the Rock, Jesus Christ, just as He has placed us.
Never choose to be a worker, but once God has placed His call upon you, woe be to you if you “turn aside…to the right or the left…” (Deuteronomy 28:14). He will do with you what He never did before His call came to you, and He will do with you what He is not doing with other people. Let Him have His way.