Thursday, April 2, 2009

Stepping into Something Great

my reading 4.2.09: From Stormies Heart
Many people know their calling but can't see how it will ever be realized in the details of their lives. That's because they are always trying to accomplish it in their own strength. But God doesn't say, "Here's what I want you to do with your life, now go do it." He first gives you a vision and then says, "Walk step-by-step with Me, and I'LL do it through you."Also, the whole of our call does not suddenly drop in our laps. We grow into it a step at a time, and it is realized gradually.
If you feel called to something better than what you are doing at this time, let me assure you that it is probably because you are. If you have never sought God about His plans and purposes for your life, do that now. If you have already done that, then there must be a purpose for what you are doing at this moment that you cannot see. Of perhaps you have not surrendered your dreams to the Lord. In any case, know that He will not leave you where you are forever.
Don't be afraid of the perfecting process that prepares you to move into God's call on your life. It will establish, strengthen, and settle you (1 Peter 5:10). Just stand strong through the fire and you will be purified, molded, humbled, and made ready for what He has for you to do. If you walk step-by-step with God, you'll come out of that time with a sense of His presence and power that will make it all worthwhile. It will set you on the path of greatness.
Let me clarify the meaning of greatness. Too often when people think of greatness, it stirs up images in their minds of having great talent, great riches, great fame, great influence, great power, or great accomplishments. They mistakenly believe that greatness comes about because of something they are or something they have. But greatness is not about us, it's about His greatness in us. God's idea of greatness is having a heart, soul, and spirit so full of His greatness that it manifests through us.
In the bible, the word "great" is nearly always is used to describe who God is: "For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise" (1 Chronicles 16:25). Or what God has done: "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy" (Psalm 126:3).
A great person is one who obeys God: "Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19). A great person is one who is a servant: "Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant" (Matthew 20:26).
When we acknowledge God's greatness through our worship of Him, we invite His greatness to dwell in us. When we obey God and serve Him and others, we open the door for Him to do great things through us. This is the kind of greatness God has called us to in our lives.

I really enjoyed this reading this morning ... as I have been able to consider all that God has planned for me, for Aaron - for my family. We all want to be great - but do we really understand what that means?


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