Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t give the whole plan for our lives in one packaged step by step manual? In my human mind, I would think this would be easier and give me opportunity to position myself prior to certain situations, or equip my mind for the decisions required in taking the next step. However, the goal is knowing Him and not every intricate detail of the plan. In other words, knowing and building relationship with God is more important than knowledge of the plan. The longer I live, the more I think that spiritual maturity is less about figuring out the future and more about a moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Spirit of God.
Not knowing the end from the beginning requires my dependency to be exclusive on the architect. Each step I take in its fulfillment builds trust within me towards this person who is bent on having relationship with me. The deeper you fall in love with God the more passion grows. Our passion is the degree of difficulty we are willing to endure to accomplish the plan and goals. It is driven by the intensifying desire, affection, and enthusiasm that grows from the close proximity of God’s presence that one lives.
We do things either out of mechanics or passion.
We can do things because we have to, it’s expected of us, but without passion or a want to. It gets done but the motivation is forced and purely mechanical. Routine without desire creates a ceiling of growth, purpose, and progress. As a result I will do only what needs to be done and will invest nothing in enlarging my education to further my ability. BUT when I do things out of passion… ceilings are removed and growth is constant. I will do more than expected, exceed expectations, and increase my responsibility.
As we grow in God we lose fear of complications. Serving God will complicate your life in ways that will challenge your resolve and commitment. Someone may say “how dare you say serving God complicates a person’s life.” Lets be honest and look at this in a practical way. Honestly, marriage will complicate your life, having children complicates our lives, being successful will complicate your schedule, wealth ultimately complicates your taxes. Complications are a part of life and are good and necessary with increased responsibility. In the parable of the talents, Jesus rewarded good work with more work instead of giving an early retirement or a long vacation. Remember, complications are often a byproduct of blessing.
Stay focused on Jesus and when you don’t know what awaits you tomorrow, remember to trust the one who already waits in your tomorrow.