My dear friend Heidi shared this with me this morning, and it comes so timely for me.
“My God, I want to do what you want. Your teachings are in my heart.” -Psalm 40:8
Want to know God’s will for your life? Then answer this question. What ignites your heart? Forgotten orphans? Untouched nations? The inner city? The outer limits?
Heed the fire within!
Do you have a passion to sing? Then Sing! Are you stirred to manage? Then manage! Do you ache for the ill? Then treat them! Do you hurt for the lost? Then teach them!
As a young man I felt the call to preach. Unsure if I was correct in my reading of God’s will for me, I sought the counsel of a minister I admired. His counsel still rings true. “Don’t preach,” he said , “unless you have to.”
As I pondered his words I found my answer: “I have to. If I don’t, the fire will consume me.”
What is the fire that consumes you?
It’s so simple, and yet don’t we sometimes believe that God’s call on our lives is some big secret? I’ve felt that way before. But indeed He’s placed passions and desires in each heart. And should it be some mysterious thing??? If we use it for the kindgom, for His kingdom, then it is to His glory for these passions to be uncovered and poured out unto Him.
And here’s the thing, if you’re really unsure of what God would have you do, just do something. The Word reveals the depths of God’s heart for the broken, the orphan, the widow, the sick, the prisoner.
So let’s not think too hard here.
Just do what you already know to be His perfect will. (James 1:27, Micah 6:8, Isaiah 61:1-3, Matthew 10:7-8 among many others).
I can’t help but think of this powerful song (thanks for introducing it to me, Jolene!). May we all be consumed and moved to action by the things that consume the very heart of our Lord.