'...Created in Christ Jesus to do good works...' Ephesians 2:10 NIV
God had a plan for your life before you were born. Indeed, it's why He brought you into the world. Simply keeping you 'busy' was not His goal. He wants to see you doing the work He 'prepared in advance' for you to do. Joining a worthy cause and working hard is commendable, but you can end up as a square peg in a round hole, expending time and energy without achieving the you-shaped purpose God had in mind. He wants you to be purpose-driven, not work-driven! So: (1) Ask Him to reveal His will to you. 'It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.' (Philippians 2:13 NIV) God will actually create desires within you that guide you toward accomplishing His purpose. It's not serendipity or super-spirituality, but God at the helm, steering your ship. (2) Expect to do more than you are capable of. Self-directed activity is self-limited activity. God-directed activity is unlimited activity. God never calls us to do what we can; He calls us to do what He can! '[He] is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.' (Ephesians 3:20 NIV) Listen, act on His promptings, and all things become possible to you. (3) When the work is demanding, draw on His indwelling power. Paul says, 'I labour, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.' (Colossians 1:29 NIV) How much divine energy is needed for your assignment? 'All His energy.' Awesome! And it is available to you today.
SoulFood: Ruth 1-4, Mark 13:24-37, Ps 117, Pr 12:20-22
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012