“Chariots of Fire” is one of my all-time favorite movies. The story of the Scottish Olympic runner, Eric Liddell, is so inspiring. Liddell was a man of faith and conviction. I love the part in the movie when his sister is trying to get him to give up running and to go to China to be a missionary. She is convinced that running in the Olympics is keeping her brother from his true calling. Liddell responds, “All I know is that God has made me fast and I feel His pleasure when I run!”
It is an amazing feeling when you are doing what you know God has made you to do! Even if it is for a moment or for a specific day, knowing you were made to be in that place at that moment doing whatever it is that God has called you to do for His pleasure. God isn’t the only one who gets pleasure out of watching you do what He has called you to do! His bride, the church, gets pleasure out of it as well.
I take pleasure in watching our church graphic designer make incredible art for God’s glory. I take pleasure in watching Joe, Trevor, Eddie, Peter and the other gifted worship leaders at our church lead us in worship of our King! I take great pleasure in listening to Pastor Jason teach the Bible and Pastor Aaron, my son, pour into kids. I take great pleasure in watching some of the young moms nurturing their kids and some of the older, more mature saints at CV giving their hearts, lives, and experience to the younger generation.
I don’t know what God has called you to and how He has gifted you, but do it this week for Him. And as you do, I pray that you will feel His pleasure. As I was thinking about this idea this week, I came across a devotional from one of my favorite Pastors of old, A. W. Tozer. Read it and be blessed:
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” – Genesis 17:1
Without argument, most things are at their best when they are fulfilling their purpose and design.
For instance, a piano is made with a specific purpose: to produce music. However, I happen to know that someone once stood on a piano in order to put a fastener of some kind in the ceiling. Some artistic women have used piano tops as family picture galleries. I have seen piano tops that were cluttered filing cabinets or wide library shelves.
There is an intelligent design in the creation of a piano. The manufacturer did not announce: “This is a good piano. It has at least nineteen uses!” No, the designer had only one thought in mind: “This piano will have the purpose and potential of sounding forth beautiful music!”
Do not miss the application of truth here. God was saying to Abraham, “You may have some other idea about the design and purpose for your life, but you are wrong! You were created in My image to worship Me and to glorify Me. If you do not honor this purpose, your life will degenerate into shallow, selfish, humanistic pursuits.”Art, Church, Encouragment, Spiritual Walk, Workmanship