True Noble Just Pure – Lovely, Good report, Virtuous, Praiseworthy.
We are encouraged to mediate on these things. To mediate is to ‘think deeply’, to ruminate upon, to ponder. This verse illuminates and it at the very core and the essence of my blog; Pondering Life : Pursuing Success – God’s way (not my way nor your way per se but rather Yahweh (Ya-way)!
Promotions typically come through faithfulness, tenacity, commitment, and results….Yet far too often that is the way we bargain with God. We want Him to take us to the next level of His plan for us before we commit to or master the level we are currently on. Maybe we do this because we don’t particularly care for His current assignment for us.
It could be that it isn’t very exciting, noteworthy, or fun. It might be mundane or even difficult work. But God has a reason for every season of your life—nothing is for naught. Sometimes your assignment is intended to test you; other times it is meant to train you. Perhaps God is using your work to develop a deeper level of faithfulness and commitment within you. Whatever it is, God has a reason for you being right where you are now.
God is watching your external actions just as much as He is watching your internal mindset. Let Him hear your thankfulness for what you have to be grateful for even if you are wanting Him to move you further in your destiny. Gratitude, rather than complaining, is God’s recipe for success.
Tony Evans, Called for a purpose
God gave Adam work to do before sin entered the world. God worked to create the world for that matter. We were created in His image to create, multiply and even have dominion.
Our work varies during our seasons of life and from person to person but one thing is for sure as in all things we are called to put first things first.
Most certainly we have been equipped with various natural talents, we learn skills and even receive divine gifts of service. It’s really not so much of what we do, but how and why we do what we do.
To dig a bit deeper into work, action and faith, check out this formula I hypothesized.
Help me put first things first. May Your will be my honor. May your destiny be my way. Your Word instructs me. Your Spirit guides me. In You I live, I work and I have my utmost being. Please prosper me thru thick and thin, in Jesus’s name I pray.
God is omncient and omnipotent. There is no denying that. Yet, He often chooses to work with like minded people to accomplis His sovereign and permissive will.
We so often read in many of the interactions with Jesus and in Scripture in general that God often partners with people of faith. Jesus commended the Centurion for his faith.
His response to the Centurions plea was, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.”
Jesus coupled doing this miracle with the Centurion’s faith, his belief in God.
Within God’s permissive will, it is multiplication.
God power is infinite but He seems to wield it as we can handle it. Kind of like a step down power transformer.
For simplicity, consider this formula as an example;
God’s Power Applied (GPA) × My Faith Factor (MFF) = Power Watts (PW)
1,000 GPA x 0 (no faith) = 0 PW 1,000 GPA x 1 (little faith) = 1,000 PW 1,000 GPA x 100 (max centurion faith) = 100,000 PW
So the closer we get to God’s will with the greatest amount of faith will result in the best outcome and maximising our combined effectiveness. Obviously, in many respects it isnt just that simple but on the other hand it is that simple, as we see in Scripture.
Its one thing to read, another to comprehend, and lastly to do; to apply.
I know have a long ways to go but yet a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Won’t you join me? And may I join you in this great adventure called life?
Lord of life, aid me in my work and being. I know in my heart of hearts you are real and love me.