When the city fathers of New York contemplated the future growth of their city, they laid out the streets and numbered them from the centre outwards.
There were only seven streets at the time but they wisely planned for future growth.
They saw the POTENTIAL of the city, so reaching beyond their wildest imagination, they drew streets on the map all the way out to 19th Street and called it Boundary Street.
They were certain New York City could never grow larger, but history has proven them to be rather short-sighted. The city reached 284th Street, far exceeding their expectations.
We Christians, like those city fathers, sometimes set the boundaries too close in our spiritual expectations.
Our POTENTIAL is UNLIMITED because God has laid all the resources of heaven at our disposal – but so often we LIMIT GOD by our unbelief, our unwillingness, our self-centredness.
What an incongruous thought!
Created beings limiting the Creator!
Sinful, self-seeking humans limiting the perfect, self-giving Lord!
The Bible tells us that God has plans and a purpose for us. I wonder how we align with His plans and purpose? I don’t think I’d like to see a graph showing God’s plans and expectations for me, overlaid with my weak efforts. Sure, there would be times when they match, but there would be many times of vast differences.
His Plan for Me
When I stand at the Judgement Seat of Christ
And He shows me His plan for me –
The plan of my life as it MIGHT have been
Had He had HIS way – and I see
How I blocked Him here
And I checked Him there
And I would not yield my will.
Will there be grief in my Saviour’s eyes?
Grief, though He loves me still?
Then my desolate heart will well nigh break
With the tears that I cannot shed.
I shall cover my face with my empty hands;
I shall bow my uncrowned head.
Lord of the years that are left to me
I give them to Thy hand.
TAKE ME, and BREAK ME and MOLD ME
To the pattern YOU HAVE PLANNED!
(Martha Snell Nicholson)
Considering all He has done for us and all He gives to us, can you think of anything more embarrassing and shame producing than approaching our all-giving Saviour with empty hands?