Purpose: Participating in What God is Doing

“God wants to use you right where you are. Every day you probably come in contact with people who will never enter a church, or talk with a pastor, or open a Bible—and God wants to use you to point them to Christ.”
–Billy Graham

About a month ago, I was reading through the book of Numbers. Most people prefer to stay away from that particular book. Kind of like the way you stay away from door-to-door salesmen. I, on the other hand, have had a renewed sense of appreciation for Numbers. There are some really good stories and lessons in there if you pay attention. In fact, Numbers is quickly becoming one of my favorite books in the Old Testament.

At the beginning of the book of Numbers, God commanded Moses to take a census of Israel. Moses was to count the number of fighting men they had within their ranks. The first chapter of Numbers carefully recorded the head count that took place.

As I was reading the chapter (a pretty dry chapter for many), one of the questions that came to mind was this: why did God ask Moses to take the census? Surely it wasn’t to satisfy God’s curiosity. In fact, God already knew how many people there were in Israel at the time. He knew the exact numbers. So why doesn’t God simply give Moses the exact numbers to write down instead of having Moses organize an elaborate census?

Well, here’s what I think: God wanted Moses to participate with Him by taking the census. Sure, God could have simply handed down the numbers for Moses to record on paper. God is certainly capable of such. But I believe God enjoys having people participate with Him in whatever He’s doing. God chooses to use us. He chooses to use imperfect human beings to accomplish His plans and purposes. In fact, I would go as far as to say that God delights in having us participate with Him.

There’s a small lesson for us here. God is doing things in our world today. And He invites us to participate with Him in whatever He’s doing. God has clear plans and purposes. We may not know what those are exactly. But even if we’re confused as to what God has in mind, we can rest assured that He isn’t. Our task here on earth is simply to participate in what God is already doing in our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities, our workplaces, our cities, and beyond.

Are you aware of what God is up to in your neighborhood? Simply participate with Him in what He’s already doing.