My grandson is getting too heavy to carry. He recently turned two years old. Instead of carrying Him, I now let him walk beside me as he holds my hand. We walk together into new adventures all the time. He trusts me, so he willingly goes where I lead him. I like to think he knows how much I love him and realizes my only desire is to bless him. I have great joy doing anything with that little man, and I love it when he accepts my invitation and chooses to step out with me.
I think God must feel the same way about us. He loves us so deeply and delights over us so greatly that He cherishes those moments when we choose to walk with Him. He has great plans to bless us (Jeremiah 29:11), and it gives Him tremendous joy when we trust His heart and step out in faith (Joshua 1:5-6). Beyond that, He intentionally plans things for us to do—with Him and for Him.
In Joshua 1:9, the Lord says, “’Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go’” (NASB, italics mine). The last time I read that verse, it struck me: He has places for each of us to go, things He wants to do in us and with us. He calls us to step out with Him. Here’s why:
God is always doing something
Jesus says, “’My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working’” (John 5:17, NASB). The Lord actively fulfills His plans continuously, and “He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’” (Daniel 4:35, NASB).
He says it another way in Isaiah 14:24: “’Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand’” (NASB). He is God, and as God, He is able to fulfill His plans. He has the power and the authority to do so. The amazing element in all of this is that–
God invites us to join Him in what He is doing
The Lord put a beautiful plan in action when Jesus came to die for our sins. Not only did He set us free from having to pay the penalty of our sins. Not only did He open a way to spend eternity with Him. Not only did He give us the supreme gift of having an abundant life now by truly knowing Him, but He also invited us to join Him in His work here on earth. The scriptures tell us He planned it all ahead of time, before we were even born: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10, NASB). In other words, He has stuff for us to do, and He wants us to walk with Him in doing it.
I remember many years ago, when a visitor walked up to me after our Sunday School class one day and told me, “You have the gift of teaching.” I was shocked. I had simply been joining the discussion as the regular teacher led it. I asked God if that comment was from Him, and He confirmed that it was. I told Him I was willing to do anything He wanted me to do (because I knew He would be the One doing it through me). Anyway, He orchestrated the circumstances around me so that I was asked to teach Sunday School. I have been doing that for almost 20 years now. My greatest joy in teaching is that I truly feel His presence with me as I prepare and teach. I get to do it with Him! I felt the same way when I wrote my book. I feel the same way when I write this blog, speak, or teach God’s Word at other places. Many times, He blesses me by revealing what He has done for others through my walking with Him in what He was doing. That thrills me too.
I heard once that there is no better place to be than in the center of God’s will. That’s true—because He’s there.
God shapes us and places us to fulfill our calling
In Ephesians 2:10, it says we are the Lord’s “workmanship” (NASB). One of our pastors says, “That means we’re His masterpiece.” YOU are a work of art, crafted and shaped by the God of the universe. Think about it. There is no one else on earth exactly like you. God wove unique traits, personality, and abilities into you. He authored your life with a special purpose in mind—a purpose only you can fulfill. He says you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14, NASB).
And more than that, He made you a new creation when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). You are new because you now have Jesus in you through the Holy Spirit, whom you received when you believed in Jesus. The Holy Spirit helps guide and empower you to fulfill your calling, to do those things God designed you to do. You just have to listen to Him and do what He says (Galatians 5:16, NASB). When you do, you bring glory to Jesus . . . and that word glory means to manifest or give an estimation of, and thus result in praise, honor, and glory. In other words, when you walk with Jesus and do what He uniquely designed you to do, then others get a glimpse of Him. Your life displays Who He is, and hopefully others will be drawn to Him too.
This is not about working or earning anything from God. This process is about the delight that comes from being in the center of God’s will for your life. Is it hard sometimes? Yes. Life pulls us in so many different directions. But we can be certain that if God calls us to walk with Him in something, He will supply all we need to make it happen. “The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24, NIV).
Acts 13:36, NASB, says, David “served God’s purpose in his own generation”. May the same be said of us. Won’t you step out with God today?
Question: How and where is the Lord calling you to step out with Him? Will you? (Comment at the link below, and we will pray for you and your calling.)
Jeremiah 29:11; Joshua 1:5-6, 9; John 5:17; Daniel 4:35; Isaiah 14:24; Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 139:14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; Acts 13:36