Spheres of Influence

Have you ever wondered what on Earth you are doing?

You know, those moments when you just kind of take stock of your life and say, “This isn’t what I had in mind. How did I get here?”

I have thought to myself, on many occasions throughout the years, this same thing. I was very positive at an early age that by the time I was 39 years old(which would be now), I would be in the twilight of my professional baseball career.

The problem with that is I didn’t have the drive, the self-determination, or the passion to put in the necessary work to give myself that shot. So instead of possibly gearing up for the stretch run heading into the playoffs every September, I found myself writing policies for my mother’s insurance agency where I worked.

Now, I would need to write a novel to accurately go through all of the steps that led me to that place, but the super short version is this: I didn’t follow God’s guidance in my life. I never consulted with Him and asked, “Lord, what is your will?” It was always more about what Justin felt good about or what looked right to me.

The problem is that Scripture tells us in Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Over time, it had become obvious to me that my way wasn’t working. Everything Justin was in control of seemed to be falling apart.

But then, when I had finally had enough of seeing my life in ruins, I surrendered my all to God. I vowed to follow Him wherever He would lead me.

Following Him would eventually lead me into a call to pastoring. I am humbled to this day that He would even allow me to be a part of His grand plan to redeem His creation back to Himself.

The beautiful thing I have come to learn though, is that God has you strategically placed right where He wants you. It is no accident you are on the campus you are on, the job you are working, or even the circle of people you run with. He has given us all a sphere of influence to reflect the light of His wonderful love.

1 Peter calls us living stones that God is using to build His kingdom with. That means that each one of us are vital to the architecture of His perfectly designed plan.

We are called a “royal preisthood” that exists to “proclaim the excellencies of He who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light”. That tells us that there is more to this life than just punching the clock day by day. His word tells us that we are a part of His master plan.

This changes how we should view our dead-end job that has seemed to be nothing more than collecting a paycheck.

This is strength and encouragement to the single mother giving everything she has just to try and put food on the table for her kids.

These truths are a solid rock and a strong tower on which the believer stands as he/she shares the Gospel message in the face of persecution.

You may have been like me and, by your own choices and decisions, brought yourself to a place where you are wondering, “How on Earth did I get here?” But the beauty of the redemptive plan carried out through Jesus Christ is that God has you right where He wants you! All you have to do is say, “Lead me Lord and I will follow”.

Selah

1 Peter 2: 4-12

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

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