Be Who and What God has called you to be

People often think we should be happy. I heard just the other day that God wants me to be happy. Of course, I didn’t hear this from God. I heard it from a co-worker. I’m looking at scripture and dont see that. What I DO see is that God is LORD and wants us to repent.

Acts 17:24-31

24“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

29“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill. 30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

God is LORD. What does lord mean? I looked it up. Lord means “a person who has authority, control, or power over others; amaster, chief, or ruler” (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lord). In the times when kings had absolute power, they had power over people’s lives. They could decide who lived and died. This is what God does. But God also decides where and when people will live. And according to scripture, He does this so people might find Him. God loves us so much He decides where people will live so they can turn to Him. And turn to God is exactly what God wants – we are to repent. This does not feel sorry for doing something wrong – that’s sorrow, remorse, shame, but its not repentance. Godly sorrow should lead us to repentance. Repent means to change – change from running your own life to letting God run it. This means answering the call on your life that God has placed on it. It doesn’t mean be happy. It doesn’t mean doing what you THINK needs to be done, or what someone has asked you to do, but doing what God has called you to be and do. If you take a  position in church which God has NOT called you to do, then you are not able to do the one God HAS called you to do (because you are busy), and the person who is not answering God’s call is not able to answer the call God has placed upon their life (because you are busy doing what God has called that other person to do). Do NOT do what God has not called you to do. Do NOT do what others think God wants you to do. BE who God has called you to be. DO what God has called you to do. God doesn’t NEED you to serve Him. But He loves you and you should love Him and do what He CALLS you to do out of love for Him and others. Are you answering God’s call?  That might be teaching, or preaching, or being a missionary, or encouraring, or praying, or visiting people, or driving the poor to church, or helping needy kids, or cooking for the needy. I don’t know what you are called to DO other than be holy, and love God and loves others. But God knows. Ask Him. Are you living for God, or yourself or the world? Be God’s. Be holy. Be what and who God has called you to be.

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7 Responses

  1. God wants us to be happy… tell that to Job, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jesus Christ.

    Happy and Joyful are two different things…

    • To be fair, God wants the RIGHTEOUS to be happy and joyful.

      Psalm 68:3

      But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.

      But that comes from being who and what God has called us to be and do – to repent and turn to God and live holy lives, loving God and others in practical ways.

      • THis is how I know God doesn’t want us all to be happy:
        Proverbs 10:28

        The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

  2. which is why I listed only the saints and Christ Himself… Sins is pleasurable for a season, making us happy for the moment, but happiness is fleeting… Joy, through righteousness is eternal and only brought about by repenting, etc…

  3. FWIW…when you type “LORD” instead of “Lord” it makes me automatically think you are referring to the tetragrammaton YHWH…which would not actually mean what “kurios” or “adonai” meant. I know you this is not news to you…but just thought I’d clarify. Good post by the way!

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