Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
-Galatians 6:4-5 (The Message)
As I read this text this morning I was reminded of something that I know but sometimes forget. We all have a sphere of influence: A God given place of authority, a work given to us, a charge to get a job done. And in a sense, our part of this whole thing is to explore the extents of that sphere, know it better than anyone else and put our proverbial noses to the grindstone!
You don’t hear the last line of this text preached from many pulpits today: Each of [us] must take responsibility for doing the creative best [we] can do with [our] lives! How often do we stand in the throne room of the Lord and complain about the lot we have been given? I think that maybe it is time to turn some of that angst inward and demand of ourselves, “Why have we not taken responsibility for doing the most with what we have been given?” I don’t know that many of us could stand before the throne of the Lord and proclaim such a thing with a clear conscience!
So how do we do it? Well, I think that middle line in the text holds some clues: Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. There are two things that will sink us on this road to fulfillment: pride and envy. My experience has been that just as soon as you think you have your sphere figured out and think, “I am the king of this sphere” the Lord has new plans for you. And nothing else will inflate or deflate your ego like comparing your lot in life to that of others. I am convinced that the Lord has given us more blessing than any of us surely deserve. Yet, I am also convinced that there is a ton of “unrealized” blessing because we have yet to take responsibility for doing the creative best with our own lives! Explore that sphere and as always…