“We are God’s own handiwork, His workmanship, we are created in Christ Jesus, born anew, that we may do those good works which God predestined, planned beforehand, for us, taking the paths, that He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them, living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live” (Ephesians 2:10).
We are God’s handiwork, His masterpiece. We are, you are, and I am. We are recreated in Christ in order to do the good works God planned for us before He made us! This is why we have been born again. The really good news according to this Scripture is that Apostle Paul says that God has set paths before us ahead of time. Then it says that we should learn to walk in those paths that He has already prepared. Don’t take for granted that you’re doing it. Like the old song says, “You can go your own way,” and many of God’s people are choosing their own way through their limited thinking. It’s like many in the church are looking for the exact same thing as people in the world . . . things such as comfort and security. We ought to have that part of it pretty well covered, folks!
Oftentimes, we base our thinking and our decisions on the security level. Unwilling to take a risk, we hold on to our comfort. Shortly after coming off the mission field and arriving in Fayetteville, NC, I discovered that I don’t like to grow too comfortable. When I start to get too comfortable and secure, look out, Emory, things are about to change. Why? Because for me, God doesn’t want me getting so wrapped up in the security of this world that I’m not able to take the risk of obeying Him. Are you willing to risk, or what are you holding on to? Are we saying, “I’ll give this much, but I gotta hold on to this?" When we hold back, we’re showing God that we don’t really trust Him. We find our security in something else, and usually it’s in the same type of thing in which the world finds their security.
Now, we see that we should learn to walk in those paths that the Lord has already prepared, and this will lead to living the good life that God has prearranged for us to live. Wouldn’t you like to live the good life that God has prearranged? If so, then you’re going to have to follow Him and that is always going to bring an element of apparent risk. And there are those who will say, “Well, God doesn’t really want you to forsake it all. He just wants to know that you’re willing.” I’ve heard many Christians over the years say, “He doesn’t really want you to give it up, it’s an attitude of the heart.” He just wants to know that you’re willing to give it up. No, you aren't willing to give it up! And He knows you aren't willing to give it all up because you're not doing it! We may be trying to play God a fool, but He ain’t no fool; He does see the heart.
What we forget is that everything we need to accomplish that which God has created us to accomplish is already ours. It already exists. Everything already exists in either the seen realm or the unseen realm. If it’s in the unseen realm, we simply need faith in order to bring it into the seen realm. Even those things that are coming from the spiritual into the natural realm are truly already in existence. Everything you need to be whom God created you to be is in you. It’s already in you. You have this supernatural DNA by virtue of the new birth. Do you believe that you even received some sort of blood transfusion when you got “borned” again? Do you believe that you have the very life of God flowing through your veins? I do! We don’t just sing, “I Have a River of Life,” we have a river of life flowing in us and through us.
God is looking for dreamers: those who will be bold and bodacious enough to dream for Him. I am finding that dreamers accomplish very significant things. We don’t read of too many in the Scriptures, but we do read of enough to know that God uses dreamers to accomplish great things. You may think I’m crazy, but it’s okay. Here’s what I believe about each person: I believe that every one of us has the potential within to do something so significant that it could change the world.
While I was reading this weekend, I discovered something very interesting. Have you ever heard of XM radio? We didn’t even know what that was fifteen years ago, did we? You know why? It didn’t exist fifteen years ago. XM Radio was founded by a fellow named Noah Samara who is an African. He didn’t have any money. He had a vision to set up a communication network for the people of Africa because their lack of communication was killing them. He had a desire to help other people! Do you know that in a year and a half Noah raised a billion and a half dollars? He started with nothing except a dream. Wow!
My wife and I were watching a TV show the other night, and they made mention of some guy named Jay Sorensen. Did you ever think of stupid little things like those wrappers that keep you from burning your fingers on a cup of coffee? I believe they call them “sleeves.” The guy who invented those is now a multi-, multimillionaire. Then they were talking about turkey bones! One Thanksgiving a family was sitting around the table, and you know the tradition of breaking the wishbone? How many wishbones are in each turkey? ONE! Ken Ahroni said, “That’s not enough.” And it’s NOT if you’ve been around kids or grandkids at the holiday table. There’s only one wishbone, and they each want to break one! So you know what Ken did? He invented a synthetic wishbone that would snap and break, so on Thanksgiving, everyone could have one. Do you know how many wishbones they’re making now? His company is producing thirty thousand wishbones a DAY! I’m just sayin’.
You see, some of those “crazy” ideas you get . . . may only be crazy to you. And until they become a reality to you, they will only remain just a dream or some fantastic thing that’s beyond reach or the ability to come into fruition. It’ll just be a fantasy, and you’ll simply live a life restricted by your own thinking until and unless you venture outside the confines of comfort and security. I’d like to encourage each and every believer who is within the reach of this blog to pay very close attention to the ideas that God is placing within your heart and mind. He’s constantly speaking, may we ever be constantly listening.