… if you don’t…

“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out’ ” (Luke 19:39-40, NIV). 

How do you feel when you watch someone do something you know you’re supposed to be doing?

I had an experience at church yesterday that made me really want to do the things God wants me to do. We had a Thanksgiving service and I was told last minute I was going to lead the Thanksgiving portion– being Nigerian, that meant upbeat songs people could dance to. I couldn’t think of songs so I kept asking my fellow choir members to help me. Things seemed fine, I thought I was doing a good job until a minister came and took the microphone from me. Culturally, I had to step down and allow him to lead the rest of the time.

At first I was embarrassed, then irritated, then angry; then I quickly got over it when I realized that, perhaps, I wasn’t doing such a good job, that things weren’t fine. As I kept singing, backing him up, I was pleading with God, asking Him to not let another do the job He wants me to do– in other words, I don’t want to be replaced by another. That was my plea.

I kept thinking about this seemingly tiny incident; it shook me to the core. I confided in my friend and she gave me a different perspective, letting me understand that God is patient with us, that when we trust in Him, He will be with us every step of the way until we fulfill our purpose and destiny.

I agree with her… But I also think that we have to be willing to actually do our own part, you know..? The passage above came to mind.  The context is the Triumphal Entry. We see people praising Jesus, welcoming Him; and in the midst of this beautiful scene, the Pharisees, ever the enemies of Jesus, were telling Him to keep His disciples quiet. What I understand from Jesus’ response is this: if you don’t do what you’re supposed to (the Pharisees weren’t praising Jesus as they ought to have been doing), someone else could be raised up to do it.  Am I wrong? Imagine a stone praising God instead of you!

If our purpose is to bring glory to God, why shouldn’t we do it with every zeal in us? Why shouldn’t we praise God on the spot, trusting that He will give us songs to sing? Why shouldn’t we serve Him as if the time is our last on earth?

You see, I want to fulfill my destiny, and by God’s grace I will! I want to be available. I don’t want anyone to do the things (even if it’s giving a cup of water to someone) that I have been created to do!

Lord, you’ve created one of me. May I fulfill my purpose. In Jesus’ name.

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