A little over a week ago, I chose one word and one verse from the Bible to help me be intentional for Jesus in 2014. My reason for doing this is summed up nicely in the following quote:
Life will always move in the direction of your strongest thoughts.
~ Craig Groeschel, LifeChurch.tv
I’m going to use my focus word and verse to intentionally steer my thoughts in the direction of copying Jesus.
Leveraging My Focus for Jesus
I’ve been dissecting my focus verse and what it means to me. So, now I want to pull things back together to make an action plan. This aligns with James’ instructions:
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 NIV
If you read John Chapter 6 (where my focus verse is found), it is clear that Jesus was teaching the disciples some important lessons about Himself and God’s kingdom through these experiences. Here’s what I learned and what I plan to do as a result:
1. I Will Be Available and Ready
What I Learned: Jesus regularly uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things regardless of their age, race, background or capability. He simply looks for those that are ready and willing to serve. In fact, the more unlikely you are for the job, the greater the likelihood that Jesus will choose you. By doing things this way, He ensures that God gets all the glory.
What I Will Do: I will deliberately look for ways to be available to Jesus. Since God is in the relationship business, this means I will look for opportunities to meet and interact with people (not always an easy job for an introvert). I will attend some small groups. I will arrange strategic coffee and lunch engagements. I will listen for occasions where God is on the move and try to join in.
2. I Will Practice Childlike Faith
What I Learned: God can use the most meager fragments of faith and resources to do miracles. Nothing is impossible for God. All I have to do is offer Him what I have. He’s responsible for the outcome. He will multiply and magnify the quantity and quality of my offerings so they fulfill His needs.
What I Will Do: I will put my doubt, reasoning and intellect aside. I will believe like a child that God can and will multiply my efforts and gifts to do amazing things. I will give money to Godly causes. I will purposefully talk to people about God. I will look for greater opportunities to preach and write about Jesus.
3. I Will Expect Miracles
What I Learned: God performs miracles. There is no question about this. And since He’s the same today as He was yesterday, He’s still doing wonders. My doubt and lack of faith can hold me back from experiencing the miracles of God. Therefore, I have to believe. Of course, God is no genie in a bottle. He isn’t going to perform at my beckon call. He’s his own boss. He’ll do the miracles He chooses to do when He chooses to do them. I’m merely an instrument He can use for His glory (if I make myself available).
What I Will Do: I will expect real honest-to-goodness miracles because I know they happen. I will press on in the face of obstacles knowing that nothing is bigger than my God. I will boldly give God the glory for the wonders I witness.
God Never Said It Would Be Easy
As I look over my commitment, I’m a bit overwhelmed. It all seems like a tall order. But, I guess that’s the point. I cannot do these things without God’s help. They are bigger than I am. Therefore, I know I’m on the right track. I pray that God will help me copy Jesus in 2014!