Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Ever since I've been a young boy, I've always known in my heart that I was destined to do “great things.” What that meant, I did not know, but I knew it was supposed to be BIG!
Frankly, I'm convinced that God has put this same yearning in everyone's heart. What else could the Lord have meant when he said,
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Ask any 1st grader what they want to be when they grow up, and what do they say?
- I want to be a doctor and heal people!
- I want to be a basketball player and play my favorite sport!
- I want to be a singer and travel the world!
- I want to be a teacher and help kids!
- I want to be an engineer and build cool stuff!
- I want to be the President!
- AKA, I want to do BIG things when I grow up!
No one ever says, I want to spend my entire day at a J-O-B that I hate!
Now don't misunderstand me, doing “BIG” things is relative and doesn't necessarily mean fame and fortune. The question that I am posing is, what happens to the drive and burden to do glorious things with our lives and make a difference in the world? Far too many people that I meet seem to have lost this passion, and have become apathetic, woefully complacent – lethargic even – and never accomplish their hearts' desire. A desire, I believe, that was originally birthed by God.
I have this inkling suspicion that – somewhere along the path of a person's youth – the intimate yearning of doing “great things” gets squashed by strategic attacks from the enemy of our souls. Though, don't lose hope! The Creator of ALL things can cause a rebirth of your calling. He can reignite that passion!
Personally, it wasn't until my radical born again transformation that I started to reconnect to the vision that I had as a youth to do “great things.” Still, it took nearly 6 years for me to finally allow the Lord to break the mental chains that were holding me back to live out the Abundant Life that Christ speaks of in John 10:10!
Oh, thank You, Jesus, for the work that You accomplished on the cross!
The take home message today is simple: It's NOT too late for YOU to make a difference! As part of the Body of Christ, you are called to do GREAT things for God! The world will never be what it SHOULD be until you and I step up and do whatever it takes to walk out our God-ordained destiny.
The hope is for the future, so make today the beginning of the rest of your new Abundant Life in Christ!