Over the course of an automobile’s lifespan, owners will experience a gradual decay. The initial shine will fade, tires will grow bald and hoses will eventually start to leak. For the financially strapped, unable to buy a new one or trade in their current vehicle, alignments need to be scheduled to prolong the life of any vehicle. Bumps in the road, potholes and unseen dips will knock frames out of their proper alignment. To maximize fuel efficiency, ensure a smoother ride and avoid expensive auto repairs in the future, realignments are a wise investment.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal My will]. Because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children, Hosea 4:6.
One of the minor prophets in the Old Testament makes a plea to Jews sometime between 425 and 432 Before Christ. According to Malachi, when people drift apart from God’s laws, a lack of knowledge leads to self-destructing acts. Apparently, the Bible serves as a means to stay in tune with God. Those who stray from biblical teaching will repeat the sins of their past, resulting in separation from God. If this trend of forgetting God continues, you will reap what you sow. Human nature assures that at some point in everyone’s life you will need to realign your dreams with God’s will.
Now there are [distinctive] varieties of spiritual gifts [special abilities given by the grace and extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit operating in believers], but it is the same Spirit [who grants them and empowers believers]. 5 And there are [distinctive] varieties of ministries and service, but it is the same Lord [who is served]. 6 And there are [distinctive] ways of working [to accomplish things], but it is the same God who produces all things in all believers [inspiring, energizing, and empowering them]. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit [the spiritual illumination and the enabling of the Holy Spirit] for the common good, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.
A letter written to the church at Corinth suggests that everyone is given a specific gift or talent from God. When utilized in the context of a church, spiritual gifts are designed to illuminate the presence of the Holy Spirit. While human dreams are inevitable, the Bible encourages believers to realign all of your unique talents with God’s will. As individuals let go of hidden agendas, fame and impure motives, God blesses those who use their gifts for the common good. As I reflect upon my current situation, I have dreams of becoming a screen writer of dramaties and movies. Yet, I understand my present calling is simply to express my faith through this blog. I don’t know what the future holds, but I pray that each day I draw closer to God’s will.
by Jay Mankus