2014-07-25 - SHAPE
We talked about Personality a few weeks ago. Then we veered off the acronym, with the message about "I Can". This week, we will talk about H which stands for heart. When I say heart, I mean whatever you are passionate about.
What would you do, if you knew you couldn't fail? If money or some other factor was no factor, what would you do? Take a few minutes to reflect on this, and write it down somewhere. Do not read any further, until you have it written down.
Why do you have this goal? Why do you feel led to pursue that goal? What stands between you and the goal? Do you remember the "I can" message from last week? Well this goal would be one of those "all things," wouldn't it? With God, all things are possible. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. With God - if he is part of it, if it is his will - then all things are possible, even your wild crazy goal. One of the dangerous lies many Christians believe is that if something gets difficult, God isn't in it. Yet this negates the example of nearly every person in the Bible! Abraham, Moses, David, the prophets, the disciples, Paul, and yes even Jesus – they all had difficulties, not because God was not in it, but because He was in it. God doesn't want wishy-washy followers, but gung-ho ones, that would storm the gates of Hell with a garden hose.
The band Everfound has a song called "God Of The Impossible." The song talks of impossible feats by David and Isaiah, making a reference to one of my favorite passages in Isaiah 6. The chorus of that song says, "Here I am! Lord send me! I won't look back, because I was made to be a part of the impossible! You're God of the impossible!" We all have dreams and goals. Don't let how possible they seem, stand in your way. If they are godly pursuits, then chase after them.
I have heard that we should dream so big that we will fail without God. Louie Giglio said, "If you're not outmatched by the task, and desperate for His power, the water you're standing in might be too shallow."
All that we are is a gift from God; our gifts, talents, and abilities are gifts from God. I think most of us can understand that, but our dreams and goals the stuff that excites us that is also often part of God's work in us, too. Look at that goal that you wrote down. Does it honor God? Do your abilities lend themselves to this goal? Does your heart quiver when you think of accomplishing this goal? If you can answer yes to all of these, then that could be a good indicator that they are a God thing.
Our primary reason to be here is to bring glory to God, and to point people to Him. Each of us is uniquely gifted to be a part of that, and our goals and dreams may very well be seeds planted in our hearts by the God of the impossible.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) - For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
We are created to do good things God-sized things. And it's not just you or just me, but us. We were prepared in advance for the work he wants us to do, both individually and together. 1 Corinthians 12:4-12 tells us that God gave out gifts to each of us, for our collective good. We are equipped to accomplish what God has placed in our hearts to do, but that includes helping others accomplish their God-sized tasks. We are to use whatever gifts, talents and abilities we have, to serve others.
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) - Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV) - Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Follow God. Pursue him
I used to think of this verse as one of those magic verses, too. If I obey God, he will give me money and a new Mustang! But it's not it has all to do with your heart, in what you pursue. And when his passions and your passions align, you will have the desire of your heart, because your heart will be God's, and it will be God’s desires you are pursuing. With God, all things are possible. And I can do, can overcome, and can handle all things thru Christ who strengthens me.
Until next time
All scripture references are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.