“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:13 to 17).
When we make our plans and simply ask God to “rubber stamp” them, we are wrong. When we say, “I am going to work two more years and then retire and then spend my winters in Mexico,” and then pray to God and ask him to make that all work out for us, we are wrong.
We are not supposed to be here for what we want. We are supposed to be here for what God wants. We are supposed to be asking, “What does God want me to do today?”
Now, someone is going to say, “Wait a minute! Life is short and we have to live it, and get the most out of it. This is our one chance to do what we want and be happy. Besides, you should only serve God when you really want to. If it is forced, you should not do it.” I hear that all the time, but that, too, is wrong. How do I know?
Think about the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus did not really want to go through the pain and torture of the cross and so, on the night before it happened, he asked God to take it away from him. However, he ended his prayer with the famous words, “Not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:39-44). You likely know how that situation ended.
If we only serve when we feel like serving and if we only do what we want to do, we will miss most of the good that we could do.
Your life is short, therefore do not waste it just living for yourself.
God is not here for you and your plans. You are here for God.
When we get things in the proper order, then everything else falls into place as well.
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).