Stan opened our conversation with, “I saw something interesting this morning.”
“What’s that?” I responded.
“In the beginning of chapter 11 of Matthew’s Gospel there is the account of John the Baptist sending some of his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the ‘Coming One’ or if they should look for someone else.”
“What’s so interesting about that?” I asked.
“Well, I was given the thought that God asks me something along the same line. He does not, of course, ask me if I am the ‘Coming One’, but He does ask me if I am the one He can use in a particular situation, or whether He should look for someone else.”
“I’m not sure I am following you,” I responded.
Stan went on, “There is no doubt whatsoever that God’s will is going to be done and that His purposes are going to be accomplished. The only question is whether I am going to be a part of what He is doing.”
“I have to be alert to what God is doing, and be willing to join Him in His activity.”
“If it turns out that I am too self-focused to see what He is doing and/or too self-absorbed to be a part of what He is doing, He will look for someone else, and it will be my lost opportunity to be involved with Him.”
Stan concluded, “It is not a question of affecting my eternal destination, but it surely affects what God has for me to do on this side of eternity. And I don’t want that to happen — and neither does God!”
Are you the Coming One, or shall we look for someone else? Matthew 11:3
Prayer: Lord, every moment of every day you are moving to accomplish your will and your purposes. I do not always see what you are doing. Even when I do see, I do not always take the steps to be a part of what you are doing. You show me what you are doing so that I will choose to be a part of your activity. I surrender all of my self-focus to you so you can know that my answer will be “yes” when you ask if I am the one you can use. Amen.