The ultimate “tragedy”

First off, when we think of tragedy, our minds can go in many descriptive ways. We can think of tragedy’s such as natural disasters. We can go to personal tragedy’s such as receiving a knock at the door, or a phone call that someone explains to us that someone has just died. These are tragedy’s that would hit us close to home. They could become devastating to us.

Webster’s describes “tragedy” as, ” a medieval narrative poem or tale, typically describing the downfall of a great man. a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror. the literary genre of tragic dramas. a disastrous event: Calamity: Misfortune: tragic quality or element”

When I look at this definition, certain words pop out at me. “Downfall”, “Serious”, “Conflict”, “sorrowful”, “Disastrous”, “Pity”, “Terror”, “Calamity”, and “Misfortune”. Now, I realize that all of these words are not positive, encouraging words, but they do strike into our lives at the most inopportune times. They are real words that can describe the current situation that one finds him or herself in.

Tragedy always strikes when we least expect it. That’s what makes it “tragic”.

The example of tragedy that I want to share with you today, is one that is often overlooked, or goes without any real notice. However, its ramifications can be so far-reaching into the spiritual realm, that only it’s true understanding and consequences of that tragedy, will only be revealed in eternity.

First off, we must come to the understanding that God is very exact in all He does. He is not a “haphazard” God, and He does not “hit and miss”. He is a God of exact purpose. And this purpose is exactly what I want us to look into today.

We all were created by this exact, purposeful God. You and I are not just happen chance. We were not just an “accident” as our mother and father might have told us growing up. Creation by a divine creator begs to differ.

THE ULTIMATE TRAGEDY

The ultimate tragedy is, wasting ones gift of life that comes from the creator in the first place, upon ones own pursuits, upon ones own ways, dreams and desires. We are not our own to spend our lives as we see fit. Jesus taught in the parable of the talents how important it will be to have spent your God-given talents upon Him and his Kingdom verse oneself. At the end of this parable found in Matthew 25, there is an eternal consequence for the one who selfishly lives his or hers own life. “And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

An unprofitable servant is: One who was given a life, and chose to spend it upon themselves.

I was once asked by a lady while a was ministering out on the streets, “how come we don’t see the power of God moving more in our midst?” As I looked at many people crossing the street at that time, I saw only (in the spirit) one or two that were walking in their God-given calling (purpose). That’s why we don’t see God moving collectively. If ten people who were living out their known purpose on the earth got together and went out, the power of God would break loose. The demons would be cast out. Arms and legs would grow back. The crippled would walk again. You get the picture. Power in unity. Not just in believing the same doctrine, no, power in living out their God created destiny.

It sad when the biggest church in America, teaches that if we would just come to God that he would fulfill all our desires, all our dreams. Give us all we need or want. It’s a gospel based upon “Me”. It’s the furthest thing from what Christ taught. I say read the Gospels and see.

I believe the single most important thing to find out after one has been converted, is your true calling. When we began that relationship with God, and it grows, and we began to hear the Father, we will be led down a specially designed road, especially designed for us. A divine plan, a divine purpose laid out before the foundation of the earth. It will take a lot of effort. It will take fasting and a lot of learning self-denial. You will be asked to give up your plans and your desires. These may be those that you have desired for many years. There is a good chance that if they were desires before conversion, that they will be asked to be given up. Seek God with all your heart. Be careful in that you don’t follow man’s ways or desires. The church has put out too many “cookie cutter” pastors, youth pastors etc.

And the good news is that you don’t have to go to “bible school” to study or find your calling. The Holy Spirit is more than capable of being your teacher. He can use college or school. He can use your pastor too. But don’t rely solely upon man and his institutions. Man can be wrong. He might be advising from his own experience or his own agenda. Be careful. Seek God.

Years ago, if I would have followed my pastor at the time, I would have never got the opportunity to experience God outside of the box. We took Bibles into communist Europe and had the opportunity to fellowship with those behind the iron curtain. There was no encouragement at the time to do anything outside of what the church was doing. It all had to be church centered.

If I would have stayed, I might have just ended up being a “tithe” paying church member, warming the pew, Sunday after Sunday.

So, in the end, we don’t want to end up with a life wasted upon ourselves. It would be the “ultimate tragedy”. And this tragedy only leads to “outer darkness”.

I can hear Jesus say, “what did you do with what I gave you?” It’s not a question of how much He gave us. We are only going to be held responsible for what we knew we had, and didn’t use.

God bless you as you find (if you don’t know) and live out your God-given destiny!

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