I recently heard the best-selling Christian author, Max Lucado, ask, “What do you like to do and what are you good at?” He had learned long ago that he had a knack for writing. He enjoyed writing and people complemented his work. Writing became his life’s work and his books have blessed millions.
In the Old Testament, Saul was anointed the first king of Israel. Early on, Saul was described as “an impressive young man without equal” (1 Samuel 9:2). He was good at leading God’s people into victory against their enemies . . . until he wasn’t.
One of Saul’s problems was his refusal to follow God’s lead. The LORD said, “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions” (1 Samuel 15:11). The prophet Samuel rebuked him. “The LORD anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission . . . Why did you not obey the LORD?” (I Samuel 15:17b-19a).
Sadly, the Lord eventually rejected Saul as king and chose another who would serve Him wholeheartedly.
Lucado and king Saul. Two people with gifts, talents, and opportunities to be used by God.
The wonderful thing is God has gifted and chosen all believers. He has work for us to do. Will we seek Him out and learn what our mission is? Then, will we follow through?
What are you passionate about? What do you enjoying doing and what do you do well? Whatever it is, identify it and get to it. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
May we keep up the good work God has called us to do.
Do it all for the glory of God!