Within God’s economy, man is destined for God’s best. God’s intention is to call man to Himself, to place him into the family of God, and then to use man for His own purposes. In other words, we are saved for a divine purpose.
Notice this calling in 2 Timothy 1:9;
“…according to the power of God, who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.”
In other words, God is not concerned with what you can do for Him. It’s not about our talents and abilities. He doesn’t need us to accomplish His work. All God asks of us is “to surrender our bodies a living sacrifice.” (Romans 12:1) God’s desire is for us to rest in the finished work of Christ on the cross, and then surrender our life to Him to use as He sees fit.
In the secular world, the call is to dream big dreams and go after the gold. But in God’s economy of things, God says die to self and allow God to use you as a conduit of His power and grace. We can do more in one moment of allowing Him to work through us, than many years of working and striving in our own strength.
The Scripture says, “Be still and know I am God.” This is an admonition from the Lord that is encouraging us to lay aside our agenda, stop and wait to hear His voice, and then do what He tells us to do. If God is not speaking, then were probably not listening intentionally.
God’s plan and purpose for you is realized by applying the following.
1. Admitting that you have no plans but His plans. (Jeremiah 29:11)
2. Acknowledging your inadequacy and inability to do it on your own. (John 14:26)
3. Proclaiming apart from Him you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
4. Apply intentional listening – be still and wait on God to speak (Isaiah 40:31)
5. Depending on God to “do it all for you.” (John 16:13-14)
God created and designed you for a purpose. His purpose for you is designed around your unique personality, people skills and personality. When we surrender our life, abandon our dreams and plans to Him, He fills us with His life, and just by walking in Christ, the will of God is automatically done and His purpose for us is realized.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:16)