My child, remember that any gift I give you is for the benefit of others and to glorify Me. Do not hide your gifts. Discover, develop and display them. Use them for My glory.
Discovering God’s purpose for our life is kind of like driving a car. It’s impossible to steer a car that’s standing still, but easy to maneuver when you give it the gas.
Yet being in motion isn’t the only issue; a reliable steering mechanism is also vital to getting to our destination. And this is our responsibility as much as it is God’s. So we must not only step out, but be willing to be steered if we are ever to get where we need to go.
Think of it as being like a ship on the open sea. If its rudder is broken, it doesn’t matter that the engine is pushing it forward, since it will ultimately drift wherever the wind carries it. Consequently, shipwreck becomes inevitable. But if the ship can be steered while under power, its direction can be changed at key navigation points, bringing it safely to harbor—even if it first starts out heading in the wrong direction.
Christ’s gospel holds marvelous privileges for us as God’s children, doesn’t it? But the sheer scope of the gospel can’t help but raise the question as to how Jesus applies everything He’s accomplished to our lives. Sometimes we excuse ourselves from the pursuit of the whole truth, thinking it’s just not realistic to fully comprehend it. Didn’t Paul himself say, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered into the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him?” Ah, but we tend to forget that the very next verse plainly tells us that we can: “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.” (1 Corinthians 12:9-10)
The fact of the matter is that the “mystery of Christ” was never meant to be undiscoverable (Colossians 2:2-3). Just as in a good novel, the mystery is always solved at the end (the Greek word for mystery in fact means that we can expect to uncover what’s hidden). And God knows that until we really get it we have little chance of emerging from what can only be described as a state of stunted growth. So what do you say? Why not go for it!
(Excerpted from “Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself”)