Born with an innate and fallen predisposition to selfishness, we consistently make choices in which we will benefit most. As Christmas approaches and nights are quickly filled with holiday plans and parties, we nonchalantly turn down invitations to social gatherings that we do not “feel” like attending. Rather than acknowledging the kindness and hospitality of the host/hostess and even momentarily stopping by for a merry chitchat, we dismiss the notion of considering attending and plan to make an appearance at a different event that will more be more personally gratifying. The decision is purely selfish as we risk marring the relationship with a friend, family member or coworker so that we can heighten our social status or surround ourselves with the “in” crowd. As the number of invitations you decline increases, the number of invitations correspondingly dwindle down.
In the same way, God has divinely invited you to join Him in the eternally directed work He is already accomplishing around you. The absolute goal for God’s activity in your life is for you to come to know him more authentically. He desires you to take part in every task, whether grand or minute. Authors of “Experiencing God,” Henry and Richard Blackaby and Claude King warn, “Do not rule out any assignment, large or small, on the basis of your preconceived ideas.”
Your preconceived, and often inaccurate, perceptions will inhibit you from fully experiencing the joy-filled, rock-solid, glorious plan God has ordained over your life. As you obey the tasks God entrusts you with and as your character is molded by those experiences, God will lead you larger assignments. Every invitation to join Him is an opportunity to someday hear the words in Matthew 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
What will you do with your heavenly invitation? Will you dismiss it because you believe it is less significant than that of another individual? Or, will you leap in, head first, trusting God’s provision over your life and knowing that, in the process, this task is much more than an assignment. Your divine invite to contribute in God’s work is your corridor to a more genuine, exciting relationship with the King of the Universe.
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