Are you doing what you are supposed to be doing?
What I mean is, are you doing what God created you to do?
Now I'm not talking about specifics like are you supposed to be a dentist. I'm talking much grander than that.
What's an apple tree supposed to do? Make apples, right? When an apple tree isn't making apples its, well, just a tree and maybe a dead one because healthy apple trees only do one thing: make apples. Now they make leaves and bark and shade and flowers but these are all just supporting roles so that the real show, making apples, can go on.
So what are we supposed to be doing? And why am I asking?
This morning I read Psalm 103. I mean, wow. Do you know this one? It starts like this:
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name"
And then it goes on to tell in history's most amazing poetry who God is.
Like this: 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
Now, I am not like this. Some days, maybe. But most? Not hardly. But God ALWAYS is.
And we all have heard this:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
What does hearing that make you want to do?? Does it make you sad because you have sin? Does it make you feel small? Don't feel those things! Because He has removed our transgressions from us. Oh, soar with that information!
The Psalm finishes with this most glorious command; a cosmic call to worship:
20 Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the LORD, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Are you doing what God made you to do? He made us to worship Him! To bless Him. To praise Him. To know Him. To Love Him. To Serve Him. Just to be with Him. His whole plan in creating us will be accomplished by what Jesus has done. And we get to worship Him because of it. I don't care how you pay the bills. That's a job and won't last forever. But worshiping God because of who He is - that will go on forever!
So today, Saturday, take time to look at who God is. Talk with Him. Listen to Him. And when you read something like Psalm 103 or watch a sunset or laugh with a little child or paint or take a photo or play a trumpet or see a thunderstorm or just sit and in the stillness, in the quiet think about what God has done and what He WILL do - and praise Him. PRAISE HIM. How you do that is between you and the Lord. There are LOTS of kinds of apples, right? So make today what ONLY YOU can do. Special praise to God from you, the only you in all eternity. God wants your unique praise, your one-of-a-kind worship - because He made you to do it!
Bless the LORD, O my soul!