Living In The Moment – If It Is The Lord’s Will! – May 11, 2016
James 4:13, Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
My current sermon series at Cottonwood Creek is titled “Legit Faith-All Day, Everyday!” This study of the book of James inspired this week’s Inspirationall Moments: “Living In The Moment-All Day, Everyday!” James stresses the idea that we must give prayerful consideration to what God would have us do. James 4:13, “…listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”… 15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” Did you get the subtle difference in those few words? “Instead, you ought to say, “If it’s the Lords’ will, we will do this or that.” James was saying make all the plans you want, but always be willing to change your plans to make sure they fit God’s plans.
I’ll give you one quick example. At Cottonwood Creek, we had no plans of building sand volleyball courts this year or ever, for that matter, but recently, the community volleyball courts in Fairview were closed and the leadership of our church hated to see that happen. We were able to get all the lights, poles, sand and everything else, and we are rebuilding the courts so people in our community will still have a free, safe place to play sand volleyball. Granted, we were not planning to spend a lot of money on the courts, but there was a need, we prayed about it, and we felt like God said do it. So we are. “If it’s the Lord’s will…”, on Memorial Day, we will be opening four full-size sand volleyball courts.
My challenge to you today is: Be willing to make changes in your life. Don’t be so tunnel focused that you miss opportunities to be used by God. Don’t fight change, especially when you can’t control the change that pounces on you, and don’t ignore the need for change. In your prayer time, reflect on what God wants to do in your life; trust Him for direction and support.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D