“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” (I Corinthians 12:18)
Are you ever envious of healthy people for the simple fact they are able to do more for God than you are? I have thought to myself that I might have been a missionary to a foreign country if only I were healthy. Or at least I would go on a short-term mission trip! I know I could possibly do more in the church. If only…
If you have ever thought similar things, you have to remember that God has put you right where He wants you. He has made you the part of the body that He needs you to be. And that part of the body has a very important role in the function of the rest of the body. Wherever He has you, it is His high calling for you!
You don’t have to go to a mission field to please God. You will please Him if you fulfill your high calling right where He has you. His high calling for you might be in a sick bed, praying for those missionaries. Your calling might be to help fight the spiritual battle those missionaries need assistance with in prayer. Your high calling might be raising and instructing children to be the next godly generation who influences the world for Christ. If so, you take part in the rewards in Heaven for every soul that is affected by those ministries.
“Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts; and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.” (1 Corinthians 12:29-31)
Unless the Spirit of God is leading you another way, you can rest in the calling He has given you by doing it to the best of your ability. That is His desire.
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Just a short while ago, we had to put our sweet kitty, Truffle, to sleep because of illness. She was honestly the sweetest animal I have ever known. If my husband and I were in the same room, she would first go to one of us, give some loving, and then go over to the other so we both got the same attention. Her love was unconditional and generous. She was never ill-tempered and would always greet us after we returned home from being gone. She seemed to give a perfect love.
But gradually she became quite ill. She always trusted us to protect her from all harm, but when the veterinarian came to our house to euthanize her, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of betrayal. I felt I was betraying her confidence in me to protect her. And I had to watch the life slip from her as I held her. As difficult as it was, I did it out of love for her.
Jesus possesses the actual perfect love. He gives every Christian the same love, and His love is unconditional. But the Heavenly Father had to subject Him to a horrible death on the cross for us. Jesus experienced the feeling of God the Father forsaking Him as He suffered and died.
When I think of Truffle, and how terribly hard it was to subject her to death out of love for her, I have to parallel that to how hard it was for God to subject His Son to physical death out of love for the world.
I believe God sometimes gives us these types of hard moments in life so that we can identify with the magnitude of God’s sacrifice for us. But His perfect love did not die with Him, it was only made more accessible through the cross.
“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1)
How would you describe God? Wonderful? Loving? Kind? Awesome? Mighty?
I always start my prayers off with praise to God for how wonderful He is. That was how Jesus instructed us in the Lord’s Prayer, and I feel He wants us to do just that. But when I try to find words to express how I feel about Him, I come up short. My words are completely inadequate. I even borrow from the Psalms sometimes, like the verse above, or Psalm 104:1 “O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with honor and majesty.” Or even Psalm 100:5, “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”
But even those do not express how I really feel inside. I have seen the massive red rock mountains in Zion national park that made me just exclaim “Wow!” and realize that is such a tiny glimpse of what my God can do. Even this whole earth, with every cell being controlled by God, is just a minuscule representation of His power, knowledge and might.
I want to tell Him that in my prayers. I want to let Him know how I feel about Him in human words. But I realized something. There are no human words to completely describe God. I will never be able to do it. And that is how it should be. If we could explain God in human words, we would bring Him down to a level we can understand. He will always be so much higher than we can ever think, imagine or even voice that we can only give Him the highest praise we are able to and realize He is so much more.
Be in awe of Him every day. Tell Him in the best way you know how what you think of Him. He understands and can hear your heart.