This afternoon, I was speaking with a young man I consider one of my “Timothys” who has a real love for the Lord and passion to serve Him in some way. He also has a successful business that is bringing him many opportunities well into next year. His concern was a very strong feeling that he not become so tied down with work that it hinders him from freedom to do the Lord’s work if he should be called to disciple others.
This reminded me of the instructions of James; “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that”” (4:13–15).
This was the attitude of my friend, and it should be the attitude of every believer. Part of being a disciple of Jesus is always letting Him prepare us for being sent out on His mission (Mark 3:14). This preparation comes in many forms. It certainly is first spiritual and character formation. It may also be through a career that allows us to provide for ourselves, which Paul did (Acts 20:34). If a person is married, it requires unity between the husband and wife (Acts 18:26).
The questions we ask about what the Lord wants us to do should always start with; how is He preparing me for HIS work? Without that preparation, the sending will be mostly what I want to do, not what God wants me to do.
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