Today I’ve got a couple verses to share with you, verses of encouragement and challenge.
Encouragement: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20
God has big plans for each of us: He doesn’t create us without ability or purpose, He’s always got plans for us. But more than just having plans for us, they’re big plans, plans bigger than we could come up with, which is kind of both awesome and intimidating at the same time.
Encouragement: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6
God doesn’t give up on people, He always has hope that they’ll turn things around, get back on track or be able to pull things through and finish what He has called them to. He will keep working with us, guiding us, and providing for us until our mission is complete, and then He may have another one for us!
Encouragement: “The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17
It’s a serious question: does God hear us when we talk to Him or is it more like talking to someone on our phone without actually dialing the number (which means we don’t talk to them)? Throughout the Bible God strives to answer this question because lots of people question whether He’s there or not. After all, He doesn’t always take out a billboard or even send us a simple text or email confirmation to let us know that our prayers were heard or how our prayers will be addressed. But over and over God tells us that He does indeed hear our prayers. We just don’t always see how they’re answered, understand the answer or like the answer.
Challenge: “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” Luke 6:46
We’ve established that God has a point for each and every one of our lives, He’ll be with us every step of the way as we work on completing them and He really truly does hear us when we pray to Him. But what we don’t always get is that we have work to do. God doesn’t complete the tasks for us, make us get out of bed each day, or make us say our prayers, that’s up to us. We have to take the initiative to follow through on what He has called us to do.
So this week I challenge you to look at what God has called you to and what you’ve been ignoring or slacking on. God is after a partnership with each of us, not a one sided speech or lesson. We’ve got work to do, are you doing it?