Recently I was privileged to hear Pastor Mike Meeks preach. He told a story I will never forget. He said when he first became a Christian he had previously bought some really good pot and put it in the closet “just in case.”
He began praying, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”
He said all he heard was: “Get rid of the pot, Mike.”
“Lord, do you want me to go on a mission trip?”
“Get rid of the pot, Mike.”
“Lord, what big thing do you want me to do?”
“Get rid of the pot, Mike!”
He said no matter what he prayed the answer was always the same: “Get rid of the pot, Mike!”
The point to my story: follow God everyday.
As Christ-followers, sometimes we look for the “big” things to do for God and neglect the everyday commands He gives.
As wives, God instructs us to be subject to our husbands, to respect and love them (Eph. 5, Titus 2).
Parents, He instructs us to love, teach, and not provoke our children to anger (Titus 2, Deut. 6, Eph. 6).
To the Believer, He instructs us to worship with other Christians (Hebrews 10:25), not forgoing assembling together.
Jesus commissioned us to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19), to “let your light shine” (Matt. 5:16), and to “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15).
To love God and to love people, He tells us, is the most important thing to do each day (Matt. 22). And yet, at times we neglect to do that, and then we question: “What is God’s will for my life?”
“God, what do you want me to do?” Is it possible God’s answer is, “Read your Bible and I will instruct you in the day-to-day.”
Perhaps we don’t hear answers because we have neglected to obey the clear commands. We need to follow what He instructs us to do in the “simple” things before we look for our “big” assignments…or before we do anything for that matter.