“Chariots of Fire” is a 1981 movie that is based on the true stories of 2 men running in the 1924 Olympics. A key line of the film is spoken by Eric Liddell, a Scottish Christian whose hearts desire was to continue his parent’s missionary work in China. When his sister questioned his participation in the Olympics before going to China, this was his reply:
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
Sometimes I wonder how many believers sense that God made them for a purpose, and that their peculiar abilities were given by Him. God made Eric Liddell fast. When Eric ran he not only felt his pleasure in it but he also felt the pleasure of the Lord!
Maybe you know a great Christian leader, teacher, worship leader or evangelist that inspires you. You want to be like this person, but can’t seem to get going in that direction. Listen, God also made YOU for a purpose! Your purpose! He made Eric Liddell fast. How did He make you? Did you ever stop to think that even your natural abilities can be a means of glorifying God and giving Him pleasure?
Do you feel His pleasure when you exercise your ability to provide for your family, to keep up your home, to care for your family? Do you feel His pleasure when you serve your community or your church? Do you feel His pleasure when you apply your trade with diligence and when striving for excellence in your endeavors?
For as long as I can remember, I desired to play a musical instrument. At 13 years of age, I did not know that the joy I experienced when playing guitar and drums was His pleasure. Today I know that my emotional state can usually be improved when I pick up a musical instrument and simply let Him play through me!
Later I realized that I liked to put my thoughts down on paper. About 40 years ago I wrote down some things that God had put on my heart. As time went on, I wrote down more thoughts from Him on the Scriptures. As life became more complicated and busy, I neglected my writing, and didn’t think anyone was interested anyway. Eventually I realized that I needed for myself to get back into the flow of writing for Him.
There is nothing like the pleasure I feel when I run in the path that He has chosen for me! It is His pleasure that I feel and there is nothing else like it in the world!