Designed for Dedication

 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  Colossians 3:23-24

God doesn't do anything half-hearted.  When He created the universe, He did not set out to make something that was so-so or simply good enough.  When He sets His mind to a task, He does it 100%, from flooding the entire earth right down to sending His Son and being able to say, “It is finished.”  God’s work is amazing.  You are His work.  You were created in His image; therefore, you are amazing and able to do exceptional things.

There is nothing wrong with resting on the couch… unless God already asked you to come outside with Him.  There is nothing wrong with watching a race… unless God intended you to be in it.  There is nothing wrong with walking… unless God beckoned you to run.  There is nothing wrong with jogging at an easy pace… unless God called you to push your body and sprint.  You see, there is a need for bystanders, cheerleaders, an audience, and a crowd.  But sometimes it needs to be you that those supporters are cheering on.  You need to get on that stage, get in front of the camera, run out onto the field, step up onto the platform, take the reins, take the wheel, take the challenge.

John Ortberg’s book touches on this even in the title, If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.  Jesus called Peter to walk on water.  Not in his own strength, but to walk on water with Him.  We were designed and purposed for our time here on earth to be filled with water-walking endeavors.

How is God calling you to get out of your boat?

Romans 5:2-4 “And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Why do we even try?  Why try to lose weight, make a quilt, become a blogger, play a sport, or try learning the piano?

In the trying and failing and in the trying and succeeding, there are lessons to be learned. We are producing perseverance, character and hope. We are learning to rely on God, to humble ourselves, to rejoice with those who rejoice, to accept defeat, to commit to something, to carry it through, to hear God’s voice, see His strength, and to praise Him.

What lessons have you learned in the past when you were dedicated to doing something and doing it well?

What lessons do you think God will teach you through the new goals you have recently set?

Written by: Brooke Trumpower

 

 

 

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