“For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37 NLT)
What would you attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail? Spoiler alert! The first thing that comes to mind will give you great insight into where your priorities lie; which kingdom you are most interested in building. For example, if your first thought was: “I’d begin a business that would make me a millionaire” “I’d ask ____________ to marry me” “I’d change the way I think in order that I might honor God more effectively.” Dreams reveal our heart and who owns it.
A.E. McAdam wrote: “No one accomplishes so much in so little time as when he or she is praying. And the following thought certainly aligns well with all that the Lord Jesus Christ taught on prayer: If only one believer with total faith rises up, the history of the world will be changed. Will you be that one to rise up, submitting yourself to the sovereignty and guidance of God our Father?”
Among my greatest regrets is saying no to great opportunities. Of course, I wasn’t wise enough to recognize them when they presented themselves. There are times I ponder the possibilities of what I might have become if I’d known when I was younger what I know now. You know what’s that’s called? “A HUGE WASTE OF TIME!”
The most difficult truth for me is to realize I very likely DID know when I was young much of what I now know. Knowledge isn’t the issue. Knowledge isn’t wisdom. Wisdom is the effective and prolonged determination to apply what I know to my life in such a way as to honor God and bless people.
The difference between me and my younger self is I now have little to no concern for what others think of me. My only concern is what Jesus thinks. I don’t ask a lot of questions or make demands of the Lord to explain everything before I act on what directives He gives me. My goal is to do what He directs and leave the results to Him.
The above verse from Luke 1 is in the context of the angel Gabriel telling Mary that though she is a virgin, she’ll conceive a son who will be called the Son of God. I love verse 38 when this teenage peasant girl simply said: “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
What “impossible” things is the Lord telling you to do for Him? May I offer a few suggestions? First, just do it! Stop looking at your limitations and open your heart and mind to His limitless power to take what you have and are and make something wonderful and fruitful to His honor and the good of those who will be served by your obedience.
It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, single or married, popular or a loner, skinny or not so skinny! The only thing that matters is your availability and strong desire to please God. If He’s in it, and you’re willing to be pliable in His capable hands, He will do miraculous things in and through you.
Here’s the truth – IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU! IT’S ONLY AND ALWAYS ABOUT HIM! It wasn’t about Mary. Yes, gratefully she submitted herself to be used of God to be the mother of Jesus and her faithfulness is a picture of what God can do with someone completely yielded to His will. But Jesus is the big picture! He’s the One who changed history and is still changing lives to His honor and fame.
God’s desire isn’t that we make a name for ourselves. He’s interested in us making a name for Him. Whatever your age, income, nationality, IQ, or anything else, don’t focus on what you can’t do or be, only focus on who Jesus is and dream about what He can do in and through you.
To me the greatest challenge is to be ready when He opens the door of opportunity that He’s perfectly fit me to walk through. For Mary it was having God’s Child. For me it’s listening to His voice and submitting to His directives. What is it for you? Dream big. And remember – it’s not about your abilities, it’s about your willingness to allow the Holy Spirit to flow in and through you to God’s honor. He’s the miracle-worker, but He’s always looking for someone through whom He can work His miracles. Will you be that one?
Blessings, Ed 😊