January 1, 2007 - A Privilege and an Adventure


A privilege and an adventure
By John Fischer

Ever wonder why – with countless numbers of angels to do his bidding, and his own omnipotence (all-powerful nature), and omnipresence (ability to be everywhere at once) – God chooses to involve us in his work in the world? I cannot help but think that it is entirely his pleasure to do so. This means we are the ones who lose out if we don’t get with the program. God’s work will go on in spite of us, but in his mysterious ways, he factors us into the equation of his will. That makes it a privilege and an adventure to serve him – an opportunity to find purpose and meaning cooperating with the purposes of God in the world.

“For we are God’s masterpiece,” Paul wrote in Ephesians (2:10). “He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” That means that God not only created the world and put us in it, but he created as well the good things that we would do with our lives. He didn’t just set the world spinning and go off somewhere and let it spin; he is intimately involved with what we are doing as well, having planned it out in advance. He created and he is creating; and we get to be a part of it all. These are things that our finite, limited minds cannot fully grasp, but they are true nonetheless.

This also means that when we serve God, we are entering into his creative process for us and for the world. We are claiming our place in his amazing plan for his creation. He doesn’t need us, but he wants us. He has chosen to share his creative work with us; you could even say he has made us co-creators with him. This is more a factor of sharing than recruiting. It’s part of how he wants to fellowship with us, for in the beginning, before we were created, God said, “Let us (the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit) make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life …” (Genesis 1:26)

Doesn’t knowing all this make you want to find out what he wants you to do? Doesn’t it make you want to give up those selfish things that hold you back from serving God and his purposes? Isn’t it amazing that he would give you so much importance in his creation? Suddenly, that little thing you know he wants you to do for your neighbor or your co-worker takes on much bigger significance, doesn’t it? What great work is he sharing with you today? Remember there is nothing insignificant in his eyes.

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