Here we are at the finish line. I Hope you have been encouraged through this series. Listen to the Audio above as you read the text below.😊
Here we are at day 5. It’s my prayer that this 5 day devotional will serve to encourage you and challenge you to walk actively in obedience to God. For as long as there is breath in your lungs, God’s purpose for your life remains valid on this one condition; that you will trust Him and follow his instructions.
In John 9:4, Jesus tells his disciples, “While it is still day, we must do the works of the one who sent me. Night is coming. Then no one can work.” This is the essence of chasing daylight. While we are still alive and breathing, we have the great opportunity to obey God and to do His glorious life changing work here on earth.
Over the last four days, I have shared with you my story of how God changed my life. He took what looked like a dead end and turned into a life giving opportunity. This opportunity wasn’t for me alone, but for everyone that has benefited from me as a result of it. Regardless of the season of life that you are in, know that God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Now, pay keen attention to these words. Leadership coach, John Maxwell, says that motivation will get you going but only discipline will keep you growing.
All of this encouragement is of little value to you if you do not get up and begin to move. We could sit down and talk all day about the goodness of God. But until we begin to move, all his promises lie dormant in our lives. If we are to see God’s promises fulfilled in our lives, we must grow the discipline of being intimate with Him in prayer and studying scripture. Along with that, we must ready ourselves to be selflessly obedient to his instructions.
I remember a time when we were just little boys learning how to swim. At first, we wore floaters so we could enter the water safely. The first lesson the swimming coach taught us was to stay at the shallow end of the pool.
It didn’t take long for us to learn how to swim. By the time I was 9 years old, I was a fairly proficient swimmer but I never ventured away from the shallow end of the pool. Fear for the danger that came with the deep end kept me at the shallow end of the pool. But all this changed one day, when a little boy dropped his toy into the deep end of the swimming pool.
The little boy was crying out for someone to help him recover his toy. I remember looking around and noticing that there was no one there to help the kid. Well, no one that was interested in helping him anyway. Moved by the little boy’s sadness, I gathered all the courage in me and swum to the deep end. Within no time, I had recovered the toy and the little boys happiness was restored. On that day, I got a taste for the deep end.
It’s easier to live in the shallow end of life. From a very early age, our culture defines for us what the pursuit of happiness looks like, and quickly equips us with the safety instructions we need to live life comfortably in the shallow end. The shallow end of life is the one where we choose to remain in control. We won’t do anything too risky. Life is safer that way.
But God calls us to deep waters. To a place where we surrender our control over to Him. In His invitation, he challenges to see the impossible as possible. In Ecclesiastes 3:11, the bible tells us that God has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God].
When we grow in the culture of being intimate with God and following his instruction, we will get a taste for what it means to live life in the deep end. It is a life lived with a sense of mission and purpose. Nothing in the shallow end of life can compare to the beauty of living deep within the mystery of God’s purpose.
A life lived in obedience to God isn’t a life that is without trouble. Jesus did say that in this world, there would be trouble. But he also promised us perfect peace in spite of the trouble. His exact words were, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
In other words, a life lived in obedience to God is one in which, whether we sink or swim makes no difference because He causes all things to work together for good.
So, dear friends, Get up! It’s time to go! You already have everything you need to walk in God’s purpose for your life. And as you go, remember this one thing. God’s purpose is motivated by love. In your world, there are people around you that need to know that God loves them just as much as He loves you. Open up your heart and be the one that extends love and kindness always.
Pray without ceasing, love one another, be faithful with what you have and while at it, remember to give thanks in all circumstances.
Good and gracious Father,
Thank you for loving us and choosing us.
In you, we live and move and have our being.
May we grow everyday,
As we connect with you in prayer,
And follow your instructions.
Give us the courage to obey you.
In Jesus name we pray
2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP)
He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 (ESV)
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you