We Cannot Do It All, Part 5

Truth by definition is exclusive.

Abraham cannot become the “father of faith” inaugural example of a God-led journey of faith, for all of mankind, by staying in the city of Haran. The practical time constraints and the physical limitations of not being able to occupy two places at once, exclude the option of staying behind in Haran if Abraham is to fulfill his purpose and destiny in life.

Joseph cannot fulfill the two prophetic dreams foreseeing his rise to eventually becoming the governor of Egypt during a great famine, if he had somehow managed to stay behind in his homeland of Canaan. The incredible narrowness of his God-composed life-script excluded any other options other than a difficult apprenticeship in management and leadership in Potiphar’s house and Pharaoh’s prison.

Moses is decades too early in “running ahead of the Spirit” when he presumptuously kills the Egyptian and must flee to the land of Midian. By contrast, the calling of Moses at the burning bush is specific, narrowly defined, and comes with the promise of God to lead the way in this taunting challenge of delivering the Israelites from Egypt.

The calling and preparation of the 17-year old David to become king 13 years later contains no portion of the worldly conventional normalcy that David would have experienced had he stayed in his father’s house as the youngest and least important son.

Peter cannot, on his own, jettison his impetuous self-led nature without his precipitous fall in the courtyard of Caiaphas on the night of the betrayal of Jesus. A genuine journey of faith having the supernatural guidance of God’s leadership allows no room for the competing character trait of self-confident self-reliance.  This part of Peter’s character would not fit through the narrow gate of the exclusivity of truth, in his calling to be a leader in the early Christian church.

The large chunk of stone marble that is chiseled out of the life of Paul on the road to Damascus…the persecution of the early church…is amazingly turned around by God into a positive. The highly educated Paul the Pharisee, now the new Christian evangelist and apostle after his conversion at Damascus, could not thereafter look down his nose at the idol-worshipping, polytheistic Gentiles because of his own misguided actions in persecuting the church.

The point here is that God composes perfect life-scripts for non-divine, imperfect people. The purposeful destinies of our lives reaches fulfillment only when we hand over the chisel to God and allow Him to carve out the contrary, excess material of worldly conventional thinking.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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