“As you embark on the journey of destiny, this is one of the deepest questions you need to ask yourself: Does all of me belong to all of Him? Or do you have a spiritual attic in your life — a place where you put stuff you don’t want God to touch? Commitment requires that all of you belongs to all of God.”- Dr. Tony Evans
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”- Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV)
In Chapter 11 (“Commitment”) of Discover Your Destiny, Dr. Tony Evans provides insight into the legendary Hank Aaron. One day the Milwaukee Braves played the Yankees. Yogi Berra, the Yankees’ catcher, tried to distract Aaron when he came to bat. Yogi told Hank he’d hit better if he held the label up. However, Hank replied: “I came up here to hit, not to read.”
Just like Hank Aaron, Dr. Evans stresses, you need to know your purpose – why you’re here. Because if you don’t, it’s possible for circumstances to distract you. Above all, as Ephesians 5:16 exhorts, you need to make the best use of the time. Or, as the King James and New King James Versions translate the phrase – ‘redeeming the time.’
Therefore, Dr. Evans notes, time is consistent with destiny and purpose. To use time wisely requires living with purpose.
In conclusion, Tony tells a story about a pig and chicken who spotted a sign at a grocery store. The sign indicated the store needed bacon and eggs. For the chicken, eggs = a contribution. But for the pig, the bacon meant his life. Dr. Evans applies this to our purpose:
“A lot of people today want to give God a contribution. They will give an egg here of there — or maybe even a dozen from time to time. But they don’t want to climb to the altar and die to their own wants, desires, dreams, and will so they can be maximized for God’s purpose as living sacrifices. But God doesn’t want your eggs. . . . He wants the whole deal.”
Today’s question: As you embark on your journey of destiny, do you find yourself ready to give God your bacon? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Valley of disappointment – destiny prep”