A man related a dream which had a great impact on his life. He dreamed that a man of wondrous beauty and noble bearing approached him. He was so impressed by the man that with envy and admiration he asked who the stranger was.
The answer came very clearly:
“This is the man God intended YOU to be,
but you refused and instead,
you handled your own life”
What does God intend me to be?
What purpose did God have in mind when He created me?
What purpose did God have in mind when He re-created me? . . .
. . . when He called me to Himself: when He delivered me from the power of darkness and translated me into His kingdom, adopting me into His own family and giving me all the resources I need to live victoriously for Him?
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
before you were born I sanctified you.
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and without blame before Him.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined
to be conformed to the image of His Son
Till we all come . . . to a perfect man,
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
(or as the Amplified puts it)
nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection
Am I the person God intended me to be, or am I refusing to allow Him to mould me into Christ’s image?
Surely, one of the greatest insults we can offer to God
is to NOT REACH the POTENTIAL He has planned for us.
What holds us back? Are we afraid of change; afraid of having to give up pleasures; afraid of losing our self-indulgence; afraid of having our comfort zone disturbed?
COULD we be the loser? NO WAY!
God wants only the VERY BEST for us.
We cannot lose!
Since the ONLY person who can STOP me
from being the person God intended me to be IS ME,
doesn’t that mean
that I am setting myself – my will – above Him and His will for me?
[Just as Lucifer did?]
I need a TRUER vision, Lord: a vision filled with Thee,
To see the needy world again, with eyes willing to see
A world where people are hurting and hungry every day;
A world that’s ready and waiting to hear what YOU would say.
I need a WIDER vision, Lord: a vision filled with Thee,
To see that lonely woman down the street from me;
The teenager who’s all mixed up; the child who’s been abused;
The day to day cares in my neighbourhood. Lord, I want to be used!
Give me a NEW vision Lord; a vision filled with Thee,
To see the world and my neighbourhood as YOUR eyes would see.
Help me to use my gifts, dear Lord, in ways that glorify YOU;
To act with loving kindness towards those with a different view.
A truer, wider, new vision Lord! That’s what I need
To carry out Your commands in word and thought and deed.