Romans 12: Embracing God’s Work

-Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.-Romans 12-1, The Message

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2, The Message

I’m so grateful that this morning God spoke to my mom and I as we talked on the phone. Both of us are in a time of waiting in our lives, which can feel so very frustrating. We are both on the job hunt, but all we really want to do is work for ourselves. As I apply for jobs, I realize that I’m not even sure that I want that job, but I feel like I should have a typical job because that’s what is expected of me as a recent graduate. However, God made me a writer. My dream is to be a published author. I want to encourage others in Christ through fiction, devotionals, and my blog. There have been times when I wished that God had made me a nurse or a teacher. But that’s not who he made me to be.

Side note: Did you know that in some nursing classes they practice giving shots to each other? That would be my last class as a nursing student right there. I am not letting someone practice giving shots on me! I’m way too squeamish to be a nurse.

Even though I’ve had times of doubting who God made me to be, I find so much purpose in life when I am true to who He made me to be. I would never be fulfilled as a teacher because that’s not what He has planned for me. By writing, I am showing God that I’m grateful for His purpose for my life. I’m being a good steward of the gift He has given me when I write and encourage. He will bless my writing when I do it to obey Him and serve Him. I love to write–it gives my life meaning and joy. So, who cares if the world says that being a writer is less practical than being a business woman? God told me to be a writer, and he will take care of me as I obey that calling.

“So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” Romans 12:6, The Message

Gods’ best for me is to be a writer, as He planned for me. His best for you is the purpose He set out for you when He created you. He has awesome plans for you, beloved! He has a purpose for your life that’s bigger and better than you can imagine! Don’t worry about what the world says you should do or how our culture says your life should look. If you follow God’s will for your life, that is the best thing you can do. You will surely have purpose. Focus on Him and do the work He planned for you!

“The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.” Romans 12:3, The Message

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