Whether vocational, social, relational, whatever it is, we are to do everything as unto the Lord, right? So why do Christians still fall into the “inside the box” mentality when serving the One who is outside of the laws of time, space, matter, and consequentially, the box?
I naturally tend towards the box, I see practical as the only option and, in the human sense, it is. But we are not merely human. We are eternal beings who, if saved, have the Lord God living within us and working through us. This makes practicality one of, let’s say, literally infinite options.
So here we have God working through man, not necessarily for the purpose of breaking the natural laws that he put in place but rather for the purpose of doing “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20b). This is for His glory, not our prosperity.
When I think about my future and my clear call to ministry I am excited but reserved. The fallen human part of me points to practical thinking and screams “Look here! This is what matters!” and it can get a little aggressive when I, let’s say, find out the average pay of a women’s ministry leader. That part of me wishes that God hadn’t lessened my understanding and interest in certain areas like math and science so I could have a lucrative career and support myself and my family without a problem. But then I remember, that’s box thinking. The worries about practicality come when I base my life’s products off of my own ability.
But my future isn’t based on what I can make it, thank goodness, it’s based on whatever God chooses to make it when I surrender to Him.
Some people may think differently, though I tend to look at my future and see the worst, some people may look ahead and see the best. They may see success everywhere they look and have a much harder time surrendering that bright, flashy, attractive mental picture to the otherwise unknown that is God’s plan.
Both ends of the spectrum are unsurrendered and destructive. Both are false images based on self when what we really need to do is let self go.
God says He will do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. Again, that doesn’t mean for our good, it means for His glory. So stop thinking within the boundaries of self and let God guide your heart, mind, and future wherever He sees fit. It will be better than anything you or I could have come up with.
So I’m going to work on surrendering to God’s vision for my life. Not worrying about my own shortcomings ruining my life, but also not allowing my strengths to build an image of any human idea of success.
God has His way and it is so much more, whether you are going to be living in a box or a mansion it is more. Whether you have a bike or a sports car it’s more. Whether you live in Manhattan or the heart of Africa it’s more. Because God’s idea of more is not limited by the box of humanity.
Surrender to His work and He will lead you to His more. More opportunity to bring Him glory. More chances for sanctification. More lost souls to point back to Him. That’s His kind of more.
And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without the addition of the classic Isaiah 55:8-9 reference, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”
Dang, that’s some good biblical truth right there. That is God telling you that He knows better by a whole lot. Remember that next time you find yourself tempted to choose the comfortable walls of the human box rather than the great unknown expanse of God’s capabilities.