Business As Usual…

Everyday is a new opportunity to grow and enhance our lifestyles and relationships. Everyday we awake is new day wherein we are able to make things right between ourselves and those whom we may have offended previously. Each new day is a gift from God above to exercise the fact that we have been created in His image and likeness. If this is the case, then why do we continue to live a mundane life and doing things from a “business as usual” perspective?

God created us as an original masterpiece. The way we think, the way we speak, and the way we respond through our actions are represented by our uniquely designed footprints that we leave behind (Ps. 139:14). As we follow hard after God, we realize that the mind of God is so vast that we are sometimes able to see an infinite amount of glimpses into an array of infinite and creative ideas that are never repetitive. God grants us access into His thoughts with the purpose of living life with a purpose and living it on purpose (1 Cor. 2:9, 10). However, we often become so entangled by the cares of life that we miss out on the abundant life (or, living life to our fullest potential) which was promised to us by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel According to John.

Jesus said,

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (Jn. 10:10).

The word, life, comes from the Greek word, zoe, and refers to the principles of life in the spirit and soul. It is distinguished from the other Greek word for life, bios, which denotes physical life, livelihood, of which zoe is the nobler word, expressing all of the highest and best which Christ is and which He gives to the saints. The phrase “more abundantly” comes from the Greek word, perissos, and is used in the superlative sense to communicate the idea of over abundance with an emphasis on it. This would mean above the greatest abundance or superabundantly.

So when Christ comes to grace us with abundant life, we can never think below the greatest abundance because to do so would mean that we are living well beneath our privilege and potential in every area of life. Upon acknowledging and accepting this principle by faith, how can we knowingly continue to subscribe to going through life “business as usual?”

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To Share Or Not To Share…

Have you ever had a dream that seemed so much larger than life that you were afraid to share it with anyone else? Or just the opposite, you could not wait to share it with others? I think we have all experienced both scenarios at some point in time. If not, we are sure to join the ranks of others who have…

As we ponder over whom we should confide in, we remember the lessons that were taught in the story of Joseph in Genesis 37. In the familiar passage, Joseph has not only one, but two dreams in which he was shown to have the preeminence over the members of his family, to include his parents. Out of excitement, Joseph shared the dreams with his family, and as one would expect, their response was a natural one: no one wants to hear that they will be in a subservient position to someone else. So they not only dismissed Joseph’s dreams, but began to reject him as well.

This brings us to this week’s crucial point of life. The Bible teaches us that God shares His secrets with those who fear Him (Ps. 25:14). The word, secret, comes from the Hebrew word, Sod, which can be defined as “friendly conversation among friends,” and is derived from another Hebrew word, Yasad, which can be defined as “taking counsel together.” In other words, God is willing to share some of His plans with those who can be trusted with them, and this trust is based upon a close and intimate relationship with Him.

As in all relationships, when a person entrusts his secret with his friend, he is doing so with the either spoken or unspoken expectation that the secret will be safeguarded. If the secret were to “fall” into the hands of the wrong person, there could be irreparable damage as a result. Likewise, when God shares a glimpse of His plans for our lives, it is not with the intent of having us giving it away to everyone.

Just as in Joseph’s situation, we will learn that everyone, regardless of the proximity of the relationship, will not always rejoice with us. Some will actually take up arms against us in order to prevent the dream from coming to pass. This, however, is an effort in futility because what also must be known about the abovementioned Hebrew word, Yasad, is that it also gives the idea of fixing something firmly. This means that it cannot be moved or changed. In other words, those who plot against us in secret will be greatly disappointed because what God has decreed over us will certainly come to pass (Is. 55:11).

So, remember, when God chooses to share His secrets with us, we have a responsibility as His friend to safeguard it from those who would seek to destroy it before it is firmly established within the natural realm.

What Do I Do?

What do you do when you know there is something that you are supposed to be doing, but you are not sure of what it is? Some have said, “Whatever it is that you are good at doing is what you should be doing.” This may be true in some instances, but it is not the case in every situation. Have you ever taken into consideration that, sometimes, the very thing in which you have been called to do is actually hidden beneath the surface and will not be revealed until after you have gone through certain life experiences?

For example, take the life of Moses. Moses was raised in the palace of Pharoah, but was chosen by God to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses offered various excuses as to why he felt incapable of completing the assignment from God (Ex. 4:1-17). But from God’s responses to Moses, we are able to glean a very important principle: God never calls us to do something for which He has not qualified us beforehand.

Although we may not be able to see it, our inability to see it does not negate the fact that it is there. As we continue to seek God for direction, He will begin to reveal things to us. We do not possess the capacity to receive everything all at once (1 Cor. 2:6-10). Make the first step…that is trust God to never place more upon you than He has already supplied the grace for you to be able to handle… and the rest will fall into place when the fullness of time comes.