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It was a great job offer! So why wasn’t I more excited?
I know you’ve probably never felt this way, but I was growing very weary of my current job. I had a good job with decent benefits and decent pay, but I just wasn’t satisfied. So when a job offer came along I was certainly interested.
It was a much better opportunity with better pay and benefits. I worked through every possible pro and con. A company vehicle was a plus, better pay, etc. The only problem was it required me to move away. Maybe not a big deal but at this time I didn’t know the extent of God’s will for my life.
As a Christian, I tried to rationalize the spiritual benefits of this move. I knew of a church in the area already, and I could afford to tithe more. I wrestled with this decision throughout the interview and acceptance process.
I had the job, but why wasn’t I excited about it? Well, as it turns out, it wasn’t leading me to where God wanted me.
QUESTION #4: WILL IT BRING ME CLOSER TO GOD?
Every decision leads somewhere
I know, that’s deep isn’t it? The real question is: where will it lead me? In the beginning, it may seem innocent enough, but we must follow things to their natural end. Our society today suffers from an epidemic of near-sightedness. We tend to only focus on the short-term and conveniently ignore the long-term. We need instant gratification. This insatiable lust for the here and now leaves us with debts lasting well past our initial enjoyment.
Ask any drug addict if they ever planned to be in the condition they are in. Ask the alcoholic who started with a “social drink” and has now lost his job and family if he intended to destroy his life.
There are many things that aren’t what I would call “Heaven or Hell” issues, but can become that critical if allowed to continue. We must take a hard look at where this decision will carry us. If it leads anywhere but closer to God, it’s going the wrong direction!
As it turns out, I didn’t know The Lord was calling me into full-time ministry. And it was to happen out of the church I was currently attending! Had I moved away, I might have never heard that call, or at the very least, had many more hurdles to jump through to see that happen!
So, the question remains: Where Will This Decision Lead? Is it what The Lord wants for my life? Is it something I could “get away with” but would fail to cultivate a deeper walk with The Lord?
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. – James 4:8 (KJV 1900)
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. – 1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJV 1900)
Let me know your thoughts. Any similar stories in your life? I’d love to hear from you!
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