24 NOV

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

JUST DO WHAT GOD’S CALLED YOU TO DO!

2 CORINTHIANS 10:13

‘…Stay within the [boundaries] of the work which God has set for [you]...’       2 CORINTHIANS 10:13 GNT
 
Let’s get something straight. Nobody is good at everything (not even that guy/girl you’re thinking of from school), and nobody is called to do everything. God has given each of us clearly defined roles in life. Paul understood that his job wasn’t to achieve everything or try to please everyone, but to focus on what God had called and equipped him to do: ‘Our goal is to stay within the [boundaries] of the work which God has set for us.’ You want to be successful? You’ll only manage it if you’re doing what God wants you to (and though it’s sometimes opposite to the world’s definition of success, God’s is the only one worth considering in the long run).
 
Keep your eyes peeled: satan will try to rob you of the joy of serving God by getting you to compare yourself with Brainy McSmarts, some celebrity Barbie-alike or even, for us Christians, some frustratingly holy super-saint in church. satan loves pressuring you to fit into the expectations of others. Don’t do it! (insert slow-motion “Nooooooo...”) You’ll always find someone who seems to be doing a better job than you, and you’ll become discouraged.
 
God’s calling for your life is completely different from theirs: ‘Our goal is to stay within the [boundaries] of the work which God has set for us.’ The Bible says ‘Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else’ (Galatians 6:4 NLT)
 
What now?
 
You’re no accident, and neither is the work God created (in advance!) for you right now. Get into the habit of shaking comparison-thoughts off by praying, ‘I bound and break you in Jesus' name!'

Is 63-66, John 13:18-30, Ps 114, Pr 27:20-22

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