We long to be Paul, changing the world with our words. Yet, we find ourselves to be Tychicus riding in virtual anonymity as he delivered Paul’s letters to the Ephesians. We feel like our part is so small in the grand scheme of things.
In our hearts, we desire to be Peter healing a lame man in Jesus’ name by the Pool of Siloam. We don’t want to be Shallum repairing the wall around that very pool 300 years earlier.
Seriously, if someone asked us what Bible personality we would love to have a chat with, who would say Tychicus or Shallum? Those are the names we mumble or cough our way through when we are reading Scripture out loud in Sunday School. Am I right?
It is natural to want to do big things for God. It’s the way we were created. When He scooped up the dust of the ground and breathed His holy breath upon it, He breathed eternity right into our hearts.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men… – Ecclesiastes 3:11
That is why, no matter what we accomplish here on earth, there is this desire for something more. It is the longing that keeps us awake at night and it’s the nagging feeling that we are missing something. It’s why you just can’t shake that restlessness.
The problem is that we view our tasks through human eyes. We do not see what God sees. We look around us and we deem the letter writers as more important than the letter carriers. We think the healers play a more vital role than the wall builders. That just is not true. All of us play a part in God’s great plan.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10
Each of us was created to do good works. And those good works were prepared in advance for us.
There’s the famous blogger with thousands of fans and there is the one who wonders if anyone reads her words at all.
There is the pastor preaching truth from the pulpit and there is the pastor’s wife keeping the home fires burning.
There is the woman rocking that power suit at the office and there is the woman rocking those babies at home and there is the woman who is doing both.
We can’t compare our assignments to someone else’s. Whatever task God has prepared for us to do is good.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9
Do not grow weary. Do not give up. Harvest time is coming.