I was listening to John Bevere today on God TV (Internet). He was talking about really knowing the calling that God has for us (which we all know is important to find out). But he took it further than that. Here are some highlights:
We are to diligently seek God to find out what HE has specifically called us to do. If we don't know it, how can we know if and when we have completed it (Paul "finished his course"). It is like a race - the course is laid out (planned ahead of time) - if we don't know the course, how can we know where the finish line is? Or if we are off course? Pretty hard to stay on course!
When we know what God has called us to do - and we don't do it, or we do something else - this is disobedience. Obviously doing things that are wrong, or turning your back on Him and walking away from Christianity, these are disobedience to God. But he was saying that even doing good things, when they aren't what we are called to do, is disobedience.
We can't say, "I know You asked me to do _________, but I decided to do __________ instead." God will not take it in exchange for what He called us to do. Substitutions won't accomplish His plan. Doing good things will not release us from our responsibility to what He asked us to do. John Bevere went as far as to say that those good things that we did (that we weren't called to do) would, in the end, be burned up as wood, hay and stubble.
Imagine being asked to cook a meal. You decide to bake your favourite dessert instead, thinking, "It's always a big hit!!!" That's nice, but it wasn't what you were asked to do. The dessert IS great, that is not in dispute - but it doesn't fulfill the need of a good meal. The task has not been completed. The need was not met.
Are we busy doing good things that we haven't been asked to do? They aren't wrong in themselves. But the real question HAS to be: Are we busy doing what God has called us to do? THAT will accomplish SO much more than doing good things. God has a plan and a calling for each one of us. Do you know what He has for you? Are you walking in your calling?