walk in the word
Category: Relying on God
“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
What are your dreams for 2003? You have some, right? Your dreams are all about what matters most to you. Ask yourself, what is the most significant thing in my life? Is it my kids? Is it my marital status? Is it my spouse? My career? If I could see God do anything with my life, if I could see my grandest vision for a desirable future accomplished, what would it be?
You could be saying, “Well, I don’t have any dreams like that.” I think you do. Take another minute and think. Sometimes we don’t focus on them because we’re fearful of them not coming true. What are your dreams? Maybe you’ve set them aside for fear of not seeing them realized.
This kind of thinking always brings the life of Joseph to my mind. Now, there’s a guy with dreams! From Joseph’s life as recorded in the last thirteen chapters of Genesis we can see that God is deeply interested in our dreams. He may, in fact, have given them to us.
In Genesis 37:5 we read, “Now Joseph had a dream.” Before we go any further, I’ll caution you not go to bed tonight and say, “O.K. God. Lay a dream on me.” God could do that but He’s more likely to unveil His dream for you another way. The point is, are you willing to let God give you a vision for your life? I meansomething grand! Something that He wants to do through you; something that He wants to do in you. Let’s explore some areas.
Does that something have to do with your career? Maybe that something has to do with your home or your marriage or with your kids— making a rock-solid family. Does that something have to do with your church and being a part of what God is doing there? Maybe He wants to dosomething through you beyond your church. Think big!
It’s not cocky or overconfident to think that you can do something great for God. What iscocky and overconfident is to think that you alone can do something great for God. Get this: You can do nothing great for God by yourself. But to think that Almighty God would work through a broken and imperfect vessel and do it in a way that would bring glory to Himself, that’s not cocky—that’s focused on the greatness of God! God has been doing that for thousands of years, working through regular people who were totally yielded to Him.
So do this: Get a vision of what God wants to do with your life and be willing to share your dreams. Share it with boldness; share it with anyone who will listen. And when you share your dream, expect opposition from all sources. Just get ready to have people knock it down and criticize it and resist it and fight against you.
In the difficult day-to-day working out of your dream, remember that God is sovereignly moving the pieces of your life. He is in control—even in the painful, hurtful circumstances that seem to break so heavily against the dream He has given you. You can trust Him. Behind those painful things, if you’re yielded to His sovereignty and if you’re faithful to the dream that He has given to you, you can watch Him bring about an incredible conclusion . . . bigger than you’ve ever imagined.
So hear this: Just because things aren’t exactly as you desire them to be in this moment and just because everything hasn’t unfolded as you would have wanted it to, don’t think that means somehow God isn’t a huge part of what’s going on in your life. All through Scripture we see this truth; I’ve certainly seen in it in my own life—before God builds the dream, He builds the dreamer.
He is building you today. You “are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). He’s continuing a work in your life that He has great plans to finish. (Read Philippians 1:6 for that promise!) All He needs from you is a yielded will and a courageous spirit. Determine to spend some time in these first weeks of 2003 thinking about and asking God to show you what big dream He has for you to accomplish this year and in years to come. Fight the urge to rationalize all the reasons why it can’t happen (I’m too young/too old; This is too big of a dream; I’m not able, etc.) Pour out your heart in your journal or talk with a trusted friend about your dreams. Then trust Him day by day to accomplish His plan in your life and follow Him with courage and confidence!
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
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