Given August 2, 2007
Has God ever told you to do anything? You know, when you get that “feeling” you need to speak to or apologize to someone or the preacher’s sermon convicts you to do something. I have actually written some of my things down so I’ll be reminded every day. The Holy Spirit reminds me as well.
On this day, God gave me a revelation of just how important this is for me. During morning prayer, I was asking God for something, I think, like for more influence or power in an area of service. I was wanting a promotion to another level of Spiritual effectiveness. The Spirit responded with something like, “What about the things I’ve asked you to do?” It brought to my mind when a teenager asks his dad to borrow the car and dad says, “Have you cleaned your room yet? Have you taken out the trash? Do those things first, then you can have the car.” I think it’s the same with me and you and God.
God has a plan for each of us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. And, His plan involves some obedience and action on our part. I don’t think God will fully do what He’s got planned for us until we do what He’s asked us to do. What has God asked you to do? What things do you know in your heart you should be doing?
Maybe we’re satisfied with where we are in life. Maybe we don’t want a promotion in the Kingdom. But if we do, God wants to use us; to move us up in His Kingdom. But it’s like training for a desired position. We are tested at every level and must pass the test to move up. There are things we must do in order to be promoted. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22. Yes, we may have our to-do list but it’s not too important compared with God’s. His list for us comes with guarantees too. If God asks us to do something, He will give us what we need to be successful. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. So, what has God asked you to do? Go for it!