Wouldn’t it be neat if you could sit down with God and ask him anything you wanted to know? When I was growing up, my dad used to say that he was making a list of things to ask God during “the first hundred years of heaven.” (I wonder if he’s doing that right now?)
Imagine with me that you have been given permission to make a call on the “Hotline to Heaven.” You’ve always wanted to know what God wants you to do with your life on earth, so you focus your time on that.
“Hello, God. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I need to know something. What do you want me to do with my life?”
“My child, thank you for asking that question. I created you to do good works (Eph. 2:10). And I want you and everyone else to serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13).
“I guess I already knew that God, but I’m so busy with work, soccer, scouts, mowing the lawn, and all the things that have to be done around the house.”
“If you’ll seek first my kingdom and my righteousness, all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33).
“Okay, I guess my priorities are a little mixed up. I’ll try to refocus. But what specifically do you want me to do?”
“I’ve given everyone different gifts, according to my grace (Rom. 12:6). Please use the gifts I’ve given you to serve others (1 Pet. 4:10). For example, if I’ve given you the gift of serving, then serve; if you have the gift of teaching, then teach” (Rom. 12:7).
“But what about all of our ministers and elders and deacons and ministry leaders? Why don’t they just do all the work? Isn’t that what we pay them for, or at least what they volunteered to do?”
“I’ve given the church evangelists and shepherds to prepare YOU for works of service” (Eph. 4:11-12).
“Okay, God. I think I understand. But how can I do this? It all seems a little overwhelming!”
“With me, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26). Be strong and courageous, and I’ll be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). Now, what are you waiting for?” (Acts 22:16)