You Never Know – Luke 1:1-4
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4)
I’ve always wondered what some of the writers of the New Testament, Paul, Peter, James, Luke, would have thought if they had known that their words would be read and studied by millions, even billions of people, over the course of the next several thousand years.
I’ll bet some of those letters wouldn’t have been completed… they’d have been too concerned about making sure they were perfect!
There are two things we need to know about God:
#1 – You never know what God will do with your service
Every day we’re presented opportunities to minister. Whether it’s praying for a neighbor, discipling a new believer, teaching a children’s class, or serving alongside other Christians as a volunteer, our day-to-day life has an affect on those around us. What we do, what we say, as well as what we write (such as this blog), can affect the lives of people not only around us, but beyond.
The other day I was looking at the stats of our Soundcloud account (every week we post our teaching to Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/calvary-chapel-wilmington). People in seventy six countries (yes, as in 76) have listened to our teachings. It blows my minds to think that Christians in Malaysia are being encouraged by a teaching that I, Wes, or my wife Tammy taught at Calvary Chapel!
My point is that our life preaches Christ to the world around us. I think Paul said it best:
You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. (2 Corinthians 3:2)
So consider this as you start your day: Every interaction you have, everything you do, is a letter about the God you serve, and it is preaching to the world around you. And the cool thing is, you never know where that letter will end up!
#2 – We can’t worry about getting it “perfect”
If we consider the point I just made, it’s possible to become worried, “what if I don’t get it right?” We become afraid that if what we do isn’t perfect, then God can’t use it.
My words won’t be wise enough.
My prayer won’t be powerful enough.
My work won’t be good enough.
And so rather than risk failure, we do nothing. What’s God’s answer to that?
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
In other words, God will take our words, our work, our prayers, and through the power of His Spirit working in us, He will do something incredible: He’ll change lives!
Christian, God doesn’t call us to be perfect…
He calls us to be willing.
He calls us to be obedient.
He calls us to have faith.
He calls us to trust Him.
So today, determine that you’ll be willing, obedient, and trusting, and trust the results to God. You just never know what God will do with that.
We can change the world, one life at a time.