There is a supreme urgency in knowing and accepting that God is at work today in your life.
However, as you scan your own personal circumstances, you may perhaps be so inundated with messages to the contrary that you may not only doubt such a claim but even scorn it. Even from within your own heart, you may contend with such emotions of doubt, bitterness, and hopelessness that the very idea that God is working in your life has never occurred to you.
Nevertheless, it is urgent that you know and accept that God is at work today in your life. It is imperative that you understand that as the Awesome Architect laid out His plans for the Cosmos and perceived all that would be included in the great story of the world, you were on His mind and in His heart. Not only that, but as the Eternal Engineer harnessed all energies and ordered all matter that swirled through the inconceivably vast expanse of the universes, He already knew you by name and had secured for you a place of significance and unimaginable worth.
And so, as Jesus proclaims the eternally profound declaration that “My Father is working until now, and I am working …” (John 5:17 ESV), you would do well to reflect on what such a revelation may mean for you even as you read this.
Even if the discouraging fumes of the world’s cynicism were to waft in your nostrils right now and you scoffed, “He isn’t working in MY life,” you could not escape the fact that He has promised that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Though one might attempt to turn that promise aside as he laments that “it can’t possibly mean me; I haven’t really done much to show any love for God,” he cannot escape the fact that God sees him as a “work in progress.”
“No,” God may say to him, “You’re not loving Me much … yet, but I have called you according to My purposes.”
And so He works behind the scenes in our lives, orchestrating not only external circumstances to place us in a position wherein we might hear and avail ourselves of His gift of salvation, but He works also on the inside of our lives, nurturing within us the characteristics necessary to come to truly place our faith in Him.
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44 ESV). Even as you understand right now perhaps the extent of God’s love for you and the need to allow Him to forgive and cleanse you of sin so that you might have eternal life, it is not your great intellect that has opened the Truth to you; it is the hand of God within you.
Such insights into the activity of God in your life carry a high responsibility. Just as surely as Jesus expected Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John in Mark 1:16-20 to simply leave everything behind and follow Him, He expects us to rise from our “nets” of mere preoccupation with day-to-day living and rise to the challenge of living beyond ourselves in the grand investment of trusting Him.
It is entirely possible that even as you read this, His truth makes sense to you and you perceive His invitation to give Him your heart and join Him in the great adventure He’s called you to discover. But don’t turn away from His appeal for you to follow Him. Like the “Rich, Young Ruler” in Matthew 19:16-22, we may turn away and end up swallowed by not only spiritual mediocrity but possibly even miss out entirely on His gift of salvation and hope. After all, one may not receive a treasure, priceless though it may be, if one’s hands are already full or have been thrust into one’s pockets.
Your life counts in the grand scheme of God’s great universe and you yourself matter to the One Who created it all. He came in human flesh and “in Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it …. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:4-5, 9-13 ESV).
May we each now, as He works within us by opening our minds to perceive Him and our hearts to believe Him, choose to yield our lives to receive Him as Lord. As we open the door for His love, He will not fail to bring into our experience the sweet nectar of fellowship with Himself as well as the savory meats of joy, purpose, holiness and peace.
“Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him … the word that you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me” (John 14:23,24b ESV).
Pastor Thom Mollohan leads Pathway Community Church and may be reached for comments or questions by email at [email protected]