Summer has begun. Kids are playing. Neighborhoods echo of last minute ditch efforts for kids to play outside another hour. Lemonade stands and children's imigination. The day at the beach and the night eating ice cream. The Chicago Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup Finals. Summer fun is here, our friends and what you do with the rest of it is your way to honor God. Children playing has no better sound than laughter. The pure unadulterated imagination of kids adventure amazes me to even this day. I absolutely love the sound of happiness in whatever shape and or sounds they come in. My children are so much fun to watch and listen to and to even play with. I love the idea of how we look at our little children is sometimes (if not all the time) how God looks at us.
As I am typing my son is walking inside wearing my shoes and is a solid sheet of sweat from playing outside with his two sisters. My wife asked him to finish a verse, "as for me and my house...", my son finishes the verse, "we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15. Does that mean that we will serve him only on Sunday? Or possibly between breakfast, the Sunday Service and then the trip to the beach? Does it mean that we should try to put God in our imiginary boxes and pull him out of it whenever we decide that we need to hit the "easy" button or we want to try and elude the consequences of our sin? Of course not. What it really means is that our very essence, that is, our fiber and core shoudl serve the Lord. Does that mean that we have to be religous and pious instead of being dad, or a faithful employee? Does that mean that we cannot have fun in the sun and instead we have to do everything from sun up to sun down that would reflect the life of a monk? Of course not.
So what does it mean? Come on, Dante, spill the beans. What is God's will for my life? Surely there has to be something better than this mundane life. Surely God has called me to do something great that will turn the heads of this world and all will give recognition to me for serving the Lord. Seriously? Are we that full of ourselves that we think we have to achieve greatness on this earth in order to fulfill our destiny in the Lord?
What does Scripture say for our lives: To share a few, "For He chose us in Him before the creation of this World to be holy and blameless in his sight...(Ephesians 1:4..). "This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together in one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 3:6). "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers." (Glatians 6:9-10). "Do not let any unwholesome talk talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen...Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and sladner, along with every form of malice. Be kind a compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you...Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us...." (Ephesians 4 & 5). "Whatever happens conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ..." (Philippians 1:27). How about this one..., "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God. (Phillipians 2). As you look back at these verses is there anything in our lives that sticks out and that may be contrary to Scripture? If you call yourself a seasoned Christian then read the Book of James and see how your walk measures up. Is your Christian life become a life without works that honor the temple of God (that is your body) and his Name? Is your life bearing no fruit (The Fruit of the Spirit). Did you know that as a Christian we are called to be holy priests? Did you know that we are to make our lives pure and blameless in the sight of God? Did you know that God doesn't look at the outward appearance, but judges the heart. Do you know that God is not in a box and instead of God answering to this World as some think that He should, INSTEAD all of us will given an account and kneel before Him. Whether the Judgement we are in is either the Judgement Seat of Christ (Christians) or the Great White Throne Judgement (those who do not know Jesus as Lord)...time will tell.
Maybe, just maybe, we are called to use our gifts in what God has promised us through His Holy Spirit to honor him. Whether we are a cowboy, military or a commodities broker, one thing is for sure--in all that we do we need to honor Him and put him first. That is, to say, to make Him Lord over every aspect and fiber of our lives. If there is anything that you cannot be sure of in reading the above passages then the answer is simple - God's will for your life is found in obedience--reading his Word, praying daily and finding the quietness of His wonderful voice in devotion toward him.