You are playing checkers.
You aren’t looking past today. You might be looking out a week or maybe two. This world of immediate gratification has robbed a lot of us of thinking long term- like decades long. For a lot of us, the last time we made a decision we thought would affect us for twenty years, it was picking a major in college. Let’s look at my 20+ year career decisions:
- Degree in Criminal Justice
- Sell oil for 15 years
- Become a pastor
Yep, I know EXACTLY what I’m doing. Can’t you tell?
The good thing is God is playing chess. He is strategically and methodically positioning your future before you right now. He is constantly aligning your contacts and experiences for an opportunity to serve Him. That could be at your job, in your home, at your church, at your daughter’s soccer game…you get the point.
Do you know what the most asked question by Christians is? If you are a Christian, I bet you’ve asked it many times in your life. The number one question BY FAR is: What is God’s purpose or will for my life?
What do we mean by this question?
We mean: What is our calling? Isn’t that what we’re really asking?
Here’s the deal. It’s simple. God’s will for your life can happen right now. In this moment. I know what you’re thinking. Yeah right, this ought to be good. I’ve been asking this for years and this guy is gonna tell me right now what God’s call on my life is?
Yes. I am.
And most of you won’t like it.
You’ll feel let down when you read it.
You’ll think I’m wrong and the answer is a cop out.
It’s not a cop out.
God’s will for your life is obedience.
I know, I know. That is an underwhelming answer. But…what if it isn’t?
God wants a relationship with us. He has an amazing view of what we could be. After all, Jeremiah 1:5 says He knew us before we were born. Plus, Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
How do we get this life we are promised? A life of prosperity and hope? By doing what He says. In other words, by being obedient. If we will follow His instruction and prove that we can follow Him, He will give us greater influence and responsibility.
He will use every life experience we have had and every new one to craft and grow us into the person He saw in the womb before our birth. He is patient and planning. He’s not looking at tomorrow or next week. He’s looking decades out.
We play checkers. God plays chess. He just put you in check.
It’s your move.