This morning, I was thinking about following God over the long haul. I thought about what it means to be a follower of God in this world today, and my mind ran to the places filled with people all across the globe that do not know Christ. I thought about the beauty and friendship and love that comes through a relationship with the Lord, and I thought about the end of all things. I thought about heaven, and I thought about hell. I thought about it all, and then I thought about my life.
A mentor told me this recently. “In 200 years, no one will remember you.”
So what do you do with your life? How do you maximize what God has given you for His kingdom to grow across the world? What is the part you play in it? No, you are not the center of the story of God. However, I do believe that God has a specific role for you to play in His kingdom. No one else was created to play the part that God has for you. That is why He created you the way you are. Now, with your gift comes responsibility. To whom much has been given, much is required.
Your life may not go the way you want it to go. What may happen is that for the glory of God, you may hear a big NO from God in some things that you really want. And I’m not just talking about the new house, car, or sweater that you want to purchase. I’m thinking about the things that I really want. The things that you really want. We have a lot of things we want. But we may not get those.
Can you be ok with not getting what you want if it means that God gets what He wants?
Remember when God told Jesus “NO!“???
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 22:39.
This is the part where Jesus is about to die. He is about to go through some of the greatest pain in the history of humanity, and he doesn’t want to do it. That’s why he says, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering and death away from me. Jesus cries out to his own Dad and asks Him to take the pain away.
And God says no.
What if God calls you into the life you don’t want to live so that God can get what He wants? What if he says no to you because it will give God glory? Can you be ok with that?
I believe this is one of the hardest truths I’ve ever read in the Bible. But there’s something interesting that happens when God says no.
When God says no, God says yes.
God says no to Jesus, because God already said yes to your sins being forgiven.
God says no to Jesus, because God already said yes to making all things new.
God says no to Jesus, because God already said yes to you being victorious with Jesus over death.
When God says no to you, He may just be saying yes. You just might not see the yes, yet. It may take a little while before you see the reason for God’s no. Knowing that He is in control gives me a stepping stone to say “Yes, God, I will trust your no because I believe that you have already said yes to something better.”