This is not just something Janet Jackson once wondered. The late summer and early fall of each year, college football programs have alumni, boosters, and fans asking head coaches the same thing. Companies ask the same of employees, and stockholders ask it of companies. While it can be an unfair question, it cannot be unfair if God asks it.
God has a perfect view of our lives, knowing not only what we’ve done for Him in our past but what we are doing now. As He looks into our lives, could He be wondering, “What have you done for Me lately?”
- “Have you won a soul to Me lately?”
- “Have you been in My Word lately?”
- “Have you been to My throne room in prayer lately?”
- “Have you and I been close lately?”
- “Have you been involved in My Son’s work lately?”
- “Have you been the spiritual leader of your family lately?”
- “Have you watched your example and attitude lately?”
- “Have you been the source of unity in My Son’s body lately?”
- “Have you encouraged a hurting, lonely soul lately?”
These and other questions are ones He has already asked in principle, when He addresses our hearts (Mat. 15:8-9), teaches us our responsibilities (Mat. 7:21), talks about our relationship with Him (Mat. 22:37), and examines our lifestyles (Mat. 5:13-16). We may have studied with several people in the past, taught a Bible class at some point for a long period of time, and been very close to and in love with God in days gone by. But how is it now? Is that really a thing of the past or does it describe the current state of things? The wonderful news is that you can start right now, building a better relationship with Him and serving Him more effectively. Today is as “lately” as it gets. If your zeal is zapped and your fruit has shriveled, get busy right now restoring that. Obviously, God will see it and He will bless you for it!