God definitely does have a sublime idea for our lives. Visionary people are not only aware of this, but are also willing to surrender to it. Many people have been blessed with family members or spiritual mentors who embody what it means to yield to God’s sublime idea for our lives.
Against this back drop, it seems reasonable that we should ask:
How do we surrender to God’s steering current for our lives and ministries?
First, we must believe our God is a “Can Do” God. Remember the observation of James: You have not, because you ask not! We must exercise our faith! Maybe I’m getting a bit too personal, but I really must ask:
Is your personal prayer life getting flabby do to lack of exercise?
Our prayers should also consist of more than vague generalities. If we believe God can do anything, we can trust Him to do direct our lives into the flow of His will.
Exercising our faith does involve more than prayer, though! See: Philemon 6. Here we are told that we exercise our faith by sharing our faith! Seems appropriate to ask:
- Does your activity in sharing your faith reflect a belief that God is able to do immeasurably more than all that you ask?
- Do you pray, “Lord, give me open doors…” and then refuse enter?
- Do you pray for God to give you wisdom and courage to speak out, only to clam up?
Second, we are free to imagine what God can do, according to His power that is at work within us! Therefore, we must exercise our minds! Many of us have already spent far too much time dwelling on why we can’t do too many things for far too long. If God wants us to do something at this place at this time, He will provide the means! God never calls us to do anything that He will not enable us to do! There are many biblical examples of such thinking:
- Noah, Genesis 6-9;
- Gideon, Judges 7-8;
- Paul, Acts 9:15; 26:17b,18; cf: 2 Corinthians 9:8!
If God places a burden on your heart for a particular ministry or labor of love, don’t fret over the things that might not work out. It’s amazing how many good ideas come to those who dwell on the positive rather than the negative. And there is nothing in the entire world more positive than knowing that God is working in our lives!
Third, we must get on board! That’s another way of saying that we have been blessed with one of the greatest opportunities possible for humans. God allows us to join Him in His work in the world. The Gospel train is leaving the station! We’ve been called to get on board! If you think that God can work in and through your life and ask God to work in your life; then expect God to work in and through you life!
Did you notice the acrostic?
When you put Believing God is able; Imagining where and how God is at work; and, then, Getting on board with God together, you’ve got something really B – I – G !
The bottom line:
God has a sublime idea for our lives.
If we will surrender to Him, He will steer us in the direction that we need to go.
Sometimes we have a hard time doing this. Perhaps this is because we are trying to be too rational about things. If the imagination is gone from our lives, it will be very hard to see the sublime.
What do you think?
The Lord willing, I’ll share a story in my next post that involves one of my children which will help tie all of this together.
© Bill Williams