“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. “(1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV)
It’s not about me and my agenda. Real life is solely based upon how God has designed me, what He has planned for me, and am I willing to submit to His plan, His time table, and His schedule of events.
Romans 12:1-2 instructs us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices unto God, being transformed from the world’s way of thinking. It becomes a mind-set. Worrying about things out of our control begins a downward spiral. Trying to keep up with those around us puts our focus on resources rather than the Source.
Ambition is good. Goals are wonderful. Dreams are necessary for one to aspire to great accomplishments. The question for believers is who are we aiming to please: ourselves, others, or our Creator God? Whose dreams are we living out?
Matthew 6:33 instructs us to seek first the kingdom of God…first things first. As we allow God to have His way in our lives, we begin to find peace in all circumstances. We become more add more content with life (Philippians 4:11) as we rest in His will. Trusting God’s plan for our life allows us to live beyond present circumstances and trust He has it all worked out. (Jeremiah 29:11). We must first admit that God is God and realize that He alone rewards those who seek to please Him (Hebrews 11:6), but in His timing!
In a time when everyone is seeking answers, we know the One who has everything already planned. As challenging as it may seem, what a witness it would be if we can commit ourselves to trust Him and allow Him move in His timing, not just so others can see Him at work, but for our own peace of mind as well. Let’s commit this verse to action, not just memory:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV)