I know, I know. Monday typically has a bad reputation. But one thing I appreciate about Monday is the chance to start over; the chance for a fresh beginning. God is eager to use each of us to touch the lives of others with His grace and truth. A new week is a fresh opportunity to share in God’s adventure. But too often I limit what God can do through me. The following excerpt really challenged me. I hope it does the same for you!
When we’re deciding what size [ministerial] territory God has in mind for us, we keep an equation in our heart that adds up something like this:
My abilities + experience + training
+ my personality and appearance
+ my past + the expectations of others
= my assigned territory.
We say we want God to work through us, but what we really mean is by or in association with. Yet God’s reminder to us is the same one He gave the Jews when they returned from captivity to a decimated homeland:
“Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.” ~ Zechariah 4:6
Our God specializes in working through normal people who believe in a supernormal God who will do His work through them. What He’s waiting for is the invitation. That means God’s math would look more like this:
My willingness and weakness
+ God’s will and supernatural power
= my expanding territory.
When you start asking in earnest—begging—for more influence and responsibility with which to honor Him, God will bring opportunities and people into your path.
~ Excerpted from The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson