“If you want something done, do it yourself!” At one time I must have believed that. Prior to my knowing Jesus Christ I tried to shape my entire destiny and course of life. Then one day it was like I woke up. Actually I did literally wake up. It was the morning after a significant social event that I hosted. Some things went terribly wrong at this event and I woke up the next morning asking myself, “What am I doing? This is not how I want to live my life!” It was as if my eyes had suddenly been opened and I could see where my own choices and my own ways of doing things were taking me. It was not good and I knew that morning that my life had to change.
What triggered these thoughts? A short time prior to this event, someone had led me to pray a simple prayer asking Jesus to come into my life to be my Lord and Savior. I prayed it sincerely, but it seemed like I just went on with my life as before. I did and I didn’t. I did go on with my life but I didn’t know something had changed within me. Upon praying that prayer, the Holy Spirit—the promise from God to all who receive Jesus—came to live within me. I didn’t understand it at the time but my ignorance of it didn’t change the reality of it happening. It was the Holy Spirit that opened my eyes to things I had never thought about before. This is what triggered this deep personal self-examination.
I was a new Bible reader and though I didn’t understand much and reading my Bible could at times be confusing, there were some things that I read that I could understand immediately. I remember reading Psalm 127:1-2 (NLT) “Unless the Lord builds a house,the work of the builders is useless. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.”
It was a heart-wrenching revelation to see and admit that up till that point in time, I had been building my life my way. These verses helped me see this was a useless endeavourer. I was awaking to the truth that there was more to life that me, myself and I. I was awaking to the truth that God had a plan for my life and instead of me driving it, I needed to surrender my life to the Lord and let Him show me how to build my life.
Interestingly enough, a week later through a series of circumstances, I made my first visit to a Bible-teaching church. It was there that I first heard that God has a destiny for our lives. That thought seemed so big and so hard to put my hands around. What did I do with that knowledge? How did I put that truth to practical application in my life? How did I know that I wouldn’t just lead myself right back into another messed up life? The answer was built on a core value that roots the pursuit of our destiny. It’s this: trust God; that He has a plan, that it will unfold as He leads us down His path, and that we can bank on His love—He will enable us to follow Him and walk it out.
As you examine your life today, does your life reflect your way or His way? Do you believe you are in His plan and are you letting Him build your house as you follow Him? Can you trust Him and take steps of faith walking it out His way according to His Word? If so, He will build your house. More later…
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”
In His love,
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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