Will you make it your goal to seek God’s call and God’s approval before you schedule your next time commitment? Warning: Don’t say yes unless you mean it.

I have always enjoyed this little poem because there is great truth in its simplicity.

Mary had a little lamb;
It would have been a sheep.
It joined the local megachurch
And died from lack of sleep.

When Jesus was in the wilderness, he could have turned those stones to bread but he didn’t. He could have acquired all the power and glory this world offered, but he didn’t want it. He could have jumped from the Temple to prove he was God’s Son, but he chose to remain in the desert. Jesus didn’t come to this earth to show everyone his power and glory. He came to show God’s. He didn’t come to earth to live with wealth and power. He came to walk humbly to a cross. Jesus wasn’t born to be just a great man or teacher. He was born to be the Messiah, and he is the living example for us to follow in our own ministries.

God was speaking to his exiled people in Jeremiah 29:11 when he said, “I know the plans I have for you. . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” (NIV). The key to that verse is found in the first sentence. Are you living God’s plan or are you tempted to live your own? The health of your soul—and your eternal reward—depends on your answer. Don’t be content to lead a good life designed to impress others. That temporary contentment is offered by the devil himself. Choose instead to fulfill God’s plan for you. He calls you to be godly and rewards you eternally. Why settle for less!

Father, forgive us for the times we lead lives that give you no control and no glory. We confess that it is easier to think of you as Savior than Lord. Help us, God, to be filled with your Spirit so that when he reveals your call we are ready and anxious to serve. And may our hearts rejoice with praise for who you are. Amen.

From content to be good, called to be godly:  what to do when your life is full, but your soul is empty.  Copyright © 2008 by Janet Denison.  Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.