Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. EPHESIANS 4:1
On the way home from school, my five year old (frustrated by another red light) said he wished all the lights could just be green. I attempted to explain in simplest terms why the traffic lights were necessary. How our own stopping at red lights is what enabled other people to have green lights, and so on. His mindset, albeit naïve, is really a picture of how we adults often view the world and our journey in it. We think things like, God, if you know what I’m called to do, and how I’m supposed to accomplish it, why can’t you give me the road map? Why can’t it be a straight shot, without all these distractions and roadblocks? We want to hop on the monorail that takes us to our destination, when God wants to walk beside us on the journey instead. He wants to dream with us.
We want to hop on the monorail that takes us to our destination, when God wants to walk beside us on the journey instead.
As children, many of us knew just what we wanted to be and accomplish. Our dreams were so big, our minds could barely contain them all! The older I get, the more intentional I’ve needed to become about dreaming with God. It’s so easy to let the days and weeks slip by, trudging ahead with the plans I’ve made without stopping to consult God in the process. When we remember what God has called us to—not ourselves—it becomes possible to “lead a life worthy” of our callings; a life where we are able to push past our own possibilities and potential, because it involves a purpose bigger than ourselves. A purpose that’s worth waking up for every day, so we can begin to truly dream with the God of the universe.
Lord, help me dream bigger. Not my will, but Your will be done. I believe that the plans You have for me and my future are good, and I want to walk in alignment with Your call on my life. I’m sorry for when I’ve chosen my own path and allowed myself to be distracted. Lord, help me understand what my calling is, and how to walk in that on a daily basis. Thank You for the supernatural grace and strength to do what must be done. I don’t want to take the fast track in life, when I can slow down and walk with you instead. Thank You for being faithful to fill me with dreams that will bring You glory, and bring about more of your goodness here in the land of the living. We know You’re able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine, through Your mighty power working within us. Help me lead a life worthy of my calling. In Jesus’ name, amen.
1. When’s the last time I intentionally dreamt with God? (Take a few moments to ask Him about your purpose, and listen to what He speaks to your heart. Write it down.)
2. Am I currently leading a life worthy of my calling, or am I settling in some areas? What might I need to adjust in order to do so?
3. What is one action step I can take today to move closer to where He has called me?