Have you ever felt like God has called you to do something, but have felt you didn’t have what was needed to accomplish this purpose? Have you ever been sidetracked in the task God set before you? Have you thought that obstacles along the way were from God?
As a parent, I give my children chores. I expect them to do be done in a certain time frame and I expect them to be done well. I sometimes will even give my sons chores to do that they don’t understand (like, cleaning out the dogs water dish and then refilling it with clean water, this makes no sense to them). I admit my kids are like most children, they’d rather not have to do their chores, they will procrastinate and put the chores off as much as possible, usually some complaining and whining is involved. I always make sure that whatever tools are needed for the chores are given as well. I’ve also never felt the desire to go and interrupt their work or sidetrack them with something else.
You can probably see where I’m going with this – as God’s children – the tasks He has given us, technically, could be seen as our ‘chores’. Each child of God has a purpose, we have many chores that can be involved with this purpose. God called me to start this blog and Facebook page – I might not be able to see what God’s grandmaster plan behind this is, but He knows. Honestly, sometimes I will kick my feet around in the dirt, find something else to do (anything else to do) instead of my chore, seriously – it must be a fleshy thing! We all will avoid our chores, trying to put off what we know we should do, but for some reason we just don’t want to – everything else looks better, we can get ourselves busy with other stuff, trying to preoccupy our time, we can even find ‘good’ things to do – but if it’s not the task we were given, it’s still disobedience.
Sometimes obstacles happen – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come down with a cold, sinus infection, migraine, or injury when I was close to completing a chore. I know that all are just arsenal the enemy uses when he’s trying to get me off track. The devil has a reason to keep us all away from completing our chores, he knows he loses in the end – so he’s bound and determined to mess up whatever glory is waiting; he has one purpose and he will ‘lie, steal and destroy’ to keep us from ours.
We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 Voice)
Any purpose God has given us, He’s equipped us with everything we need (including the weapons to defeat the enemy – Armor of God, Ephesians 6:10-18). So if I felt that it was God who led me to write, I can’t say in the same breath that he hasn’t given me anything to write about. We’re talking about the God of plenty – there is no lack, no need, no anything that He can’t supply.
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 AMP)
When my sons finish their chores, they’ve always said to me, “Didn’t I do a good job, Mom”, and I can see the bigger picture now – like a proud parent telling their children yes they are proud and yes they did do a good job – that’s all I’m looking forward to hearing one day too. You see, I’m doing my chores for my Heavenly Father and one day all I hope to hear is, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”, that’s really all the encouragement I need.
Painting by Silvia Barbosa://youth.mahanaim.ca/ministries/art-ministry/prophetic-art/