Decisions, Dependence & Dreams
- By Ashish Joy
- Published 10/25/2005
Ashish Joy is a 22 years old Malayalee Christian. He is a Theology Major at Portland Bible College in Oregon State, USA. Ashish Joy is a musician, a writer and enjoys computers. Above all, he loves God with devoted passion and desires to see Christians rise up to become world-changers and trend-setters in the ministry and in the marketplace.
Have you ever asked yourself, "What is my destiny?" Have you every looked at yourself in an analytical manner, asking yourself where you want to go, and what you want to be in life? It's the struggle that defines the human heart. It's the question that boggles the minds of many Christians. Maybe others of you are asking, "How can I put my decisions in alignment with the Word of God?" As I've grown in my faith and love for the Lord Jesus Christ, the thing that keeps me going is that God called me to His purposes. He planned it in His mind's eye to call me into His hope and glory. He knew of me in Heart before the creation of the universe.
In him were also chosen (or made heirs), having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will
Ephesians 1:11 (NIV)
That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape our lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in line of humanity restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his childen should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
Romans 8:28-30 (Message Translation)
God had us in mind, and therefore we must live our lives with a confidence of His strength constantly holding us. Who gives us peace during the storms? Who provides for our daily needs? Who has given us minds that we can research, reason, and rationalize? I will tell you it's by the grace of an Almighty God that decided to create humanity in His image. As Genesis 1 states, God made man in His own image.
Just as God created the heavens and the earth, so He has put into us a desire to create, to dream, to work hard to achieve something great. Greatness above and beyond is what most people desire to achieve. Why did the ancient Sumerians work hard to build the Tower of Babel? Why did the Solomon construct such an amazing temple for God? Why did the great scientists and mathematicians of yester year wrack their brain to come up with some new theory? It's all because God has placed in you and me the desire to achieve. We want to be known for something great. We want to leave a legacy.
The question as it pertains to us as Indian Christians is, "What will we do for God, with the talents we have, with the money we have, with the minds we have, and with the resources we have?" It's not enough to go on lazily in life not worrying, and not caring. Being an example and light has much to do with hard work, punctuality, diligence, and faithfulness. God does not require us to accomplish what He wants. In his sovereign will, we play a small part. You don't let God down when you go about lazily, you deprive yourself of what you could be. Imagine this small illustration for a moment.
God is the Playwright, and we are the actors in the Drama called Time. During the ages and millenia that pass each and every individual (whether saved or not) play a part in accomplishing what they're meant to do. When God asks you to act out a certain part of this Eternal Play, we make the choice as to whether or not we respond. If we do not respond God is not going to be upset. He's not going cry over your disobedience. Just as all smart Playwrights do, He'll go find another person to play that part.
My point is that Christ has a specific plan in your life. It's your personal destiny involved here. You either follow it, or you lose in the blessings of obedience. "Your destiny lies in your next decision."
What does God want us to do? Well the answer lies in who He is. We serve the Almighty, All-Knowing, All-Sufficient God. Let's start dreaming dreams that go beyond what we can accomplish. Don't dream with a Earth-oriented focus, dream with Eternity in mind. Ask God what you can do for Him that supersedes all you could ever accomplish on earth. Ask Him how you can change humanity, and transform the world. Ask Him for a God-centered vision and focus. Don't dream for things that make you great, rather ask God to make you a vessel to illustrate His greatness. God does not need anymore Self-centered Christians, He's looking for the servants. He is looking for those who lay it all down for a cause. He is looking for people who are not willing to live without a burning passion driving them. Do you have that passion today? Do you have that drive, that zeal? It is the forward-lookers who achieve the most in life, not ones who live only in the now or in the past. Look to God, and ask Him for great things.
Once you are so enamoured with a passion that drives you, bring it up to godly leaders and advisors around you. Christ desired Christians to be relational. If it were not so, Christ would not have established the church. We exist as relational people. When God gives you a dream, go to your leaders and submit it to them. You cannot achieve much by yourself. In a large company of hosts is their strength in unity. You achieve greatness on your own, you need people around you to encourage you and spur you on. If you have a heart to be the best doctor in the field of cardiology, associate yourself with people in that field that will spur you on to success. Many times in our Christian faith, we run out of steam because we run by ourselves. Run with others, not by yourself.
Right decisions are the wings that keep your dreams in flight. Make the decision daily to die in Christ. Live in His ressurection. Work with the team around you to achieve success. Ask them for guidance, wisdom, and direction. All these things are needed are of utmost importance. However, the most important factor is you. Are you working toward achieving your goal? Are you living with your passion in view? In the end the success of your life is not determined by those around you, it is determined by the right decisions you make. Make godly decisions and you will be on your way to achieving much for God; however make carnal decisions, and you will be on your way to diminishing that drive. Work at at. Work really hard. Don't be discouraged because of failure, because failure helps you grow. It gives you perspective. Become the person God wants you to be, by living righteously, and making decisions daily that affect your future destiny.
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