You have a major role to play!
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
You have a predestination… Meaning that God in consequence of his foreknowledge of all events infallibly guides those who are destined to follow Him. However, in many of our personal stories we have become skeptical and unbelieving even as christians because there is so much wrong to be set right in the world. Everywhere you look, there is hatred for our fellow man, we esteem ourselves better than others, the earth is in constant compromise, we are a mess politically, children are trafficked, Christians are being persecuted, slavery is on the rise, and truth itself has been all but shattered because we no longer know the truth that sets us free. Sometimes I think we're in Mordor!
It has become evident to me more now than ever that we must get serious about our story. We must take back our story and fight in the strength of the Lord. One of the great wonders of Christianity is the idea that God wants to use each of us for an intended purpose and that He will use the worst, most unsuspecting, weak, small, messed up people to do it. You were born into your times and story to fulfill that purpose and live out a great story as you shew forth the manifest glory of God at work in your life. What could be more exciting than the realization that no matter how bad you think your story looks or how messed up you think you are, that God has great intentions for you?
We are each filled with dreams and passions. They are written on our hearts. Hearts made new by God Himself. At the same time, there are many things that make us want to pound our fist on a table. All of your passions, dreams, desires for adventure and discovery, along with the things you love, all play a part in the discovery of God's purpose in your story. The stories that break you to tears, the roles you would love to play, and the wounds of your life are also partners in bringing you to a place where purpose spills out of your story and brings Him glory but, our enemy is always trying to prevent us from playing our role. I have come to realize that the true stories of greatness often have characteristics where there has been a sustained assaults upon people's heart by the one who knows who they could be and fears them. But there is good news—the Author of your story wants to help you recover your place, and your purpose. He is the owner of your new heart and quite frankly has a serious butt kicking in store for the enemy in your story!
Frederick Buechner believed that “the place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” What could be more hopeful? It is a dangerous thing to underestimate your role in the story of God and the impact of your story on the world around us. It will leave you stuck and defeated which is what the enemy wants. This is a most desperate hour in the times we live in. You are needed so rise up! There are great things to be done, great sacrifices to be made, adventures to be had along with epic battles to fight and win!
Finding our story and purpose is sooo simplistic! It all boils down to one thing and it is this… To find our lives, we must turn to Jesus. We must seek from him the answers about who we are and the missions he has for us. We do this by learning to walk with Him Intimately, learning to hear His voice so that He might guide us into the full purpose that He has for us and our part in the story.
Now get out there Frodo!