Summary: Do we really allow God to define us and our dreams? Are you really seeking to be the person God has called you to be? Are your dreams and plans aligned with God’s will and purpose for your life?
Discover your calling: Let God define you and your dreams
We continue in our series on Discovering Your Destiny and today our focus is on letting God define you and your dreams
My first question for us this morning is: Do we really allow God to define us and our dreams?
Let me be a little more specific:
Are you really seeking to be the person God has called you to be?
Are your dreams and plans aligned with God’s will and purpose for your life?
Listen to these words from the Hymn writer Edwin Hatch:
Breathe on me, breath of God;
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what thou dost love,
And do what thou wouldst do.
Have you ever sung those words?
These are words that are easy for us to sing without perhaps really meaning what we are actually singing.
If you have sung those words, did you sing them only because the people around you were singing them or did you sing them as a prayer from your heart?
Breathe on ME, breath of God; Fill ME with life anew, That I MAY love what you love,
And DO what God would do.
Let me ask you again: Are you really seeking to be the person God has called you to be? Are your dreams and plans aligned with God’s will and purpose for your life?
In the 30 years that I have been a Christian, I have met a number of people in a number of churches who seem very sincere in their prayers asking God to reveal His will and purpose to them.
But, and you knew there was going to be a but; but when God did reveal His will and purpose to them they were not that happy about it. God’s will and purpose was different from what they wanted it to be.
Some of them were willing to be obedient to God, others chose to do it their own way and sadly things didn’t turn out how they had hoped they would.
God calls us as disciples of Jesus to follow His ways, to be obedient to His will, to trust that He knows more than we know, to believe that His will is perfect and all His ways are just and true.
If we really want to be the people that God has called us to be we must make a conscious decision to follow Jesus and accept God’s will and purpose for us.
God has a plan for each of our lives, we often quote Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Do you trust God’s plan and purpose for you?
Is that trust evident in how you live your daily life?
Is your life more aligned and influenced with the things of the world than with God’s plan and purpose for your life?
Is it obvious to other people that you care about following God’s plan and purpose for you?
I’m talking about something more than coming to church on a Sunday.
I’m talking about something more than raising your hands while singing a few worship songs.
I’m talking about something more than walking around with a smile on your face and occasionally dropping God into a conversation.
I’m talking about allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you, to lead me into the destiny God has for us.
Following the plan and purpose God has for you while you are alive on this planet.
Making it obvious to God, making it obvious to others, making it obvious to yourself, that you are living life as as born-again, sin-forgiven, spirit-filled and obedient disciple of Jesus.
Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, "God has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."
Do you dream of doing the good things God has planned for you?
Living as a child of the living God, allowing Him to work in you and through you to accomplish His plans and purpose requires something from us, it requires real commitment. We need to be whole-hearted not half-hearted.
Romans 5:2-4 reminds us, Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.