Right Heart, Wrong Opportunity

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Some years ago, I found myself deeply engrossed – and entrenched – in focusing my heart, mind, and actions on seeking, picking up, organizing, and distributing physical provisions for homeless people and others in need of stuff. How surprised I was when the Lord got in my face one day to lovingly convict me of wrongdoing. I had the right heart in that I loved Him beyond description and wanted to serve Him in part by helping people in need, but I was involved in the wrong endeavor.

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As I had become consumed with spending much of my time being a conduit for His physical provisions for people in need, I became distracted from doing what He had actually called me to do. Did He want me to help people in need? Yes. But He has called me to evangelism and writing tracts, devotionals, and books as I share the Gospel and help people to study and apply the Bible to their lives. By spending so much of my time focused on the physical provisions, I did not have the time, energy or focus to pursue my calling. I quickly repented, let go of the responsibilities I had taken on contrary to His will, and began a day by day journey of learning to seek His face daily in order to learn to hear and obey His will for my life.

Many years ago, I heard a pastor tell his congregation that when we do a job that God has not called us to do, we are standing in the way of someone else’s calling. So not only was I not doing what God had called me to do, but I was standing in the way of someone else’s job. God created the Body of Christ with countless members, each of whom is given responsibilities so that we all function together as one healthy, united, Christ-centered whole with Jesus as our head. I had been engrossed – and entrenched – in the wrong opportunity despite having the right heart. I needed to move my right heart to the right opportunity in order to please and bring glory to the Lord. My thoughts had been engrossed in the wrong opportunity, and my feet had been entrenched in the wrong place. I had to move my mind and feet to where the Lord wanted me – solidly planted in His love, in His will, for His glory!

Do you seek the Lord daily in His Word and keep your spiritual ears and heart open for Him to speak to you as He leads you so your heart, mind, and feet are where He wants you? Make a commitment to study His Word and seek His face daily as you learn to hear His voice and follow His lead. To God be ALL glory! 

Co 12:4  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 
1Co 12:5  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 
1Co 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 
1Co 12:7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 
1Co 12:8  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 
1Co 12:9  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 
1Co 12:10  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 
1Co 12:11  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 
1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 
1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 
1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many. 
1Co 12:15  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 
1Co 12:16  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 
1Co 12:17  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 
1Co 12:18  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 
1Co 12:19  And if they were all one member, where were the body? 
1Co 12:20  But now are they many members, yet but one body. 
1Co 12:21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 
1Co 12:22  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 
1Co 12:23  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 
1Co 12:24  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 
1Co 12:25  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 
1Co 12:26  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 
1Co 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 
1Co 12:28  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 
1Co 12:29  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 
1Co 12:30  Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 
1Co 12:31  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 

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