Have you asked yourself “What am I doing this for?”
Interacting with people about our next steps in this adventure we get the question “Why are you doing this? What are you doing it for?”
For me the answer to the question it’s simply I want to be a Difference Maker. I want to be a part of what God is doing no matter what or where that is. I’m called to be a light in the darkness, to stand out when everyone else is blending in.
In 2014 NEEDTOBREATHE came out with a song called Difference Maker. This song reflected my heart’s desire to not just idle in life but to be effective in all that I do. I have no desire to sit back and regret what could have happened or how I could have been used.
We all need to realize that we don’t get to make the rules. We don’t control it, and we don’t get to say what the timing is. When God calls us to something our response then comes down to obedience. We don’t need to be concerned about how or what. Because it is not about how talented or great we are. God doesn’t need that. Frankly, he doesn’t care. He just asks for our hearts to surrender to His design for us.
However, when we surrender it comes with a lot of sacrifice. God’s call for us to go to Panama has already taken sacrifice and will continue to even more. There has been financial sacrifice, there will be relational sacrifice, there is a sacrifice for safety, security and comfort. I believe that too many of us make safety, security, and comfort an idol. Why do we question God’s promises that He will take care of us? (Psalms 121, John 10:10, Romans 8:28) It’s in our obedience and sacrifice that He makes us a part of what He does. And for us there is no greater joy than being a part of His big story.
We would rather be obedient and make sacrifices to be a difference maker than have comfort and security.
I don’t know what you do day in and day out but I think God is challenging all of us with this questions: “What are you doing this for? Are you doing it for Me?” As we prepare for the mission field this is always on our minds. So, whether you are a student or a teacher, a stay at home mom or a doctor, whatever you do “What are you doing it for?”
What kind of difference are you making? What sacrifices will it require and do you trust His promises?