(photo from the movie, “In Time”; I wonder if we knew how much time we had left on this earth would we live and respond to God’s purpose for our lives differently?)
“Your days are numbered, your steps are ordered, you’re on assignment”
This came to me a couple of weeks ago while I was in prayer and I’m absolutely certain it was in regards to the things that God has placed in my heart to do. Since I’m sure it could serve as a reminder and/or eye opener for others, I figured I’d share it with you guys.
1. Your days are numbered
Translation: You don’t have time to waste
James 4:14 says, “Why, you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. This is just a reminder that you will not be here forever and you don’t know how much time you have on this earth. I’ve read stories of one-year-olds and even one-month-olds dying so what makes you think you have all the time in the world? This is not to scare you but rather to point out the reality of life. We need to stop acting as if we don’t have an expiration date. I’m sure that there were many people who thought they would wake up this morning but didn’t. Your next minute of life is not promised. Would you be satisfied with what you have done or accomplished thus far to advance God’s kingdom? What has God been urging you to do that you’ve been dragging your feet with? Get a move on!
2. Your steps are ordered
Translation: I’ve got you
The word ordered means to be neatly or conveniently arranged; well-organized. How cool is it to know that God has our steps neatly arranged and well-organized? It’s so funny how we easily forget that and not realize how heavy that statement is. Having your steps ordered by God should be all the more reason for you to follow and trust His plan for your life. God equips you for everything that He calls you to do. He has everything under control. You just have to trust Him and depend on His word. Spend time with Him and let Him lead you. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
3. You’re on assignment
Translation: Now do my work
God’s ultimate desire is that He be glorified in all the earth and that people would be saved and reconciled back to Him. (The Great Commission) It is our task/mission as Christians to make this come to pass. We must remember that we are here for a reason. God has you here for a specific purpose and you are to carry it out to completion. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.” God may not have appointed you to be a prophet or a preacher but He certainly has appointed you to do His work.This is a great reminder because knowing and remembering why you’re here helps you to stay focused on the task at hand. And if God has specifically given you something to do or has placed something deeply in your heart to do, don’t make excuses about why you can’t do it. Don’t prolong it. Actively work toward it; usually when God tells you to do something, there is a level of urgency behind it.
We don’t have time to waste and God is probably like…
We’ve got stuff to do! DO WORK!