“What does God want us to do?”
So many of the things that we rely on, either out of convenience or necessity, require electrical power. Unfortunately, it is not always possible or practical to run an electric current from a wall outlet to power these devices. An alternative power source is needed, and, for this, batteries are a great help. One battery manufacturer tells us to buy their batteries for any electrical device we have, because that device “just needs to work.”
We rely on them, but we don’t always think about them. When a pacemaker shocks a man’s heart into a regular rhythm he doesn’t remark, “Gee, what a great battery!” When a woman gets in her car and it starts on the first try she doesn’t exclaim, “This is the greatest battery in the whole world!” When a child gets a remote controlled car for Christmas he doesn’t shout for joy about receiving a shiny new battery along with the accessories.
Batteries are marvels of modern engineering, and their development has required about 2,300 years of trial and error. But regardless of just how amazing they are on their own, we don’t typically think about the battery—we think about the job the battery accomplishes. This is because as truly great as batteries are, their full greatness cannot be demonstrated or recognized unless they are given someplace to be plugged in, someplace where they can work and accomplish things.
We are like these batteries. God invests tremendous time and effort remaking us into what he wants us to be. We are His creations, and because of what He has done in us we are remarkable, but in order to truly showcase His handiwork, we need a place to work.
The Bible tells us,
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11-12, KJV).
God designs each of us with a plan in mind and a job to do. Each of us has a ministry to perform. Some preach, some teach, some rock babies in the nursery, some give, some encourage, some work completely behind the scenes, but each is valuable and necessary.
As batteries are designed and refined, it becomes apparent what they should be used for. We are the same way: once we have established who God wants us to be, the conclusion of what God wants us to do should follow naturally, and His design must be put to use. Without a job to do, God’s people are as effective as batteries sitting on a shelf.
Pray that God will guide you and the church into the works that He has designed us for.
NOTE: This article was written for the bulletin at Peniel Missionary Baptist Church, introducing a series on seeking God’s vision for the future.