Ever felt dissatisfied with life? Felt like a square peg in a round hole? Wish you were somewhere else, doing something else? Found yourself daydreaming about your “perfect” job (which isn’t your current one)? You’re not alone, most of us have been there at some time in our life. You can blame it on boredom, the seven year itch, middle age or a number of other things but the reality is that many people become dissatisfied and look for some way to change their life.
Christians are not exempt from this desire. In fact there is often an added dimension for the Christian – the desire to be of greater service to God. We just know that if God would open an opportunity for us somewhere else we could do more for Him. If God would only get on the right page and let us do what we want to do we could serve Him better. In fact if God would just listen to us life would be better and we’d never ask Him for anything else.
There’s nothing wrong with a desire to serve God in another way. Or even having a passion to serve God differently. But don’t automatically equate a desire/passion with the will of God for your life. God doesn’t always do what we want. Sometimes He leaves us right where we are without any explanation. That’s His will. And so we struggle with God.
And in all of our struggling to understand why God does what He does we miss one critical point – Life isn’t primarily about us. Sorry, that’s just the way of the Christian life. Life – your life as a Christian – is about God. It’s about what He wants to accomplish. It’s about who He wants to impact. It’s about His kingdom.
It is so easy to forget that we are not our own, we’ve been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). It’s easy to forget that we have died to sin and self but are alive to God (Romans 6:1-11). It’s easy to forget that we are now slaves to the One who owns us (Romans 6:18). It has never been about the slave – it has always been about the Master. You see, it’s all about God – not about us. We are simply tools for the Master to use in any way He wants to use us (1 Corinthians 12:12-30) – and He doesn’t owe us an explanation.
The practical ramifications of this are that you may be where you are because God is using you in ways that you can’t see so that He can work in the life of someone you may never know. You may be doing a job that you don’t want to do because you are a small but necessary part of God’s greater plan in building His kingdom.
What we need to learn is to be satisfied in God. We need to find our worth, our satisfaction, the fulfillment of our desires in Him, not in what we try to do for Him. Christ learned obedience (Hebrews 5:8) and submitted to the will of God when He prayed, not my will but yours be done (Luke 22:42). And that’s the place we need to find. The place that says, God here’s what I would like to do but it’s not about me, it’s all about You.
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