Ok family, I need to be real with you today. I have a problem. It’s a problem that I’ve had since birth probably, but over the last couple of years I have really been thinking about it a lot. My problem is that I think that I’m supposed to have an extraordinary life. I think that my life is supposed to be special. I think that I’m supposed to accomplish something that will change people’s lives all over. Inversely, that problem manifests itself in the fact that as I look at my life right now, I see not a single, solitary trace of greatness. Life is ordinary, and that irks me like an itchy sweater. Life doesn’t feel comfortable. It feels foreign, because I don’t think that this is all that there is to my life. Anybody out there feel me? Since I was young, my mom always told me that I was special. So now, as a 36 year old man, what has happened to rob me of that feeling of destiny? The simple, unabridged answer is…Nothing. Nothing has happened to date to make me feel like I’m called for anything spectacular or extraordinary. Now, DON’T get me wrong…my life is amazing. My wife and kids are what makes my life! But, why can’t I shake the feeling that my extraordinary life is just around the corner? Why? Because God has created me to be extraordinary! You too! God has planted real, tangible seeds of the divine inside of all of us. I think the problem is that life has robbed us the nutrients that those seeds need to grow. Satan has been successful at keeping us from discovering our divine nature and identity. He has been on the attack, not to kill us, but to keep us in a constant state of confusion regarding our identity in Christ. See, God implants us with dreams. These dreams contain pieces and bits of His divine purpose for our lives. What happens too many times, and what I realize has happened to me, is that I have stopped dreaming and stopped setting goals. I’ve been vegging through life. A lot of my problem has been fear. I’m afraid to go out on a limb and try. Maybe I’m afraid that I’ll fail, or even more, perhaps I’m afraid that I’ll succeed, and then what? I’ve been paralyzed by fear my whole life. But, I’m tired of being afraid! The Bible says that Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Christ has come that we might have an abundant life. An abundant life isn’t only a life of wealth. It’s a life that is fulfilled because it is filled with the exact things that God has ordained for it. This morning I was thinking about that, and it came to me that Satan has come to steal our hope and kill our dreams. If he can do that, then he can destroy our lives, not by physically destroying us, but by rendering us incapable of fulfilling the extraordinary life that God so passionately desires for our lives. How do I know this? Well, because it’s in the Bible…duh! Check this out:
“This is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind can imagine what God has prepared for those who love Him. But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by His Spirit, and His Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God’s deep secrets. (1 Cor. 2:9-10)’”
“’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’ (Jeremiah 29:11)”
Let’s look at that first verse. How many times have you heard that verse? Preachers preach on it. Teachers teach on it. Evangelists evangelize on it. Prophets prophesy it. Apostles build on it. But if it’s being taught correctly, don’t you think that more people would walk in a level of freedom knowing that there is something greater? Maybe the issue is not that we don’t believe it. Perhaps the issue is that we aren’t looking in the right place for those greater things. God isn’t talking about waiting until we get to Heaven to see those unimaginable things. He’s talking about the here and now. He’s saying that in THIS life, here on THIS earth, during YOUR appointed years, the things that you see, hear and imagine don’t even come close to the things that God has prepared. Let that sink in for just a moment. In a nutshell, folks, you weren’t created for normalcy. Your imagination is NOT wild! You were not created for the mundane. God created you for abundant living, for extraordinary living that supersedes even your wildest fantasy! Now see, I’ve read this verse in the past. I can quote it for you verbatim, but I have never allowed it to really sink into my heart. I’ve kept it on the fringes in false hope, thinking that it might be true for me, but never really believing that it could ever happen. We internalize disappointments and shortcomings and perceived failures so much that it creates a hardened shell around our hearts. Our expectations for life never go beyond wife, kids, and job. We quit thinking that there is anything special about us, and become content with what we have around us. Now, don’t get me wrong, God wants us to be content with where He places us, but also, we are not to be content with anything until we are directly in the will of God, pressing for greater and building His kingdom. This verse though, I don’t know family; I think I’m finally getting it. It’s a liberating thought for me that my desires for greatness are not just my own. They are God’s thoughts toward me and for me! Those flashes of greatness that you get from time to time; I believe that God is trying to breakthrough the mundane areas of our lives and get us to see that there is greater for us! I think that God is trying to shake us from our hibernation. We’ve walked through life in a slumber and daze for too long. Sound the alarms. Blow the trumpets. Bang the cymbals. Wake up people of God! We are a people of extraordinary design, destined for an extraordinary life, which is the offshoot of serving an extraordinary God! If our Father is extraordinary and Supernatural, how can we be created to be anything besides that? I mean, family, this stuff is written in our spiritual DNA. It’s as much a part of our makeup as brown eyes or pale skin. What God designed to be a dominant gene though, has been made recessive through our inability to shake ourselves from our funks and otherwise. Understand, a husband does not look for a wife who is below his status. He looks for a wife who is his equal in every way. In that same fashion, Jesus Christ, the extraordinary, supernatural Groom, is not coming back for a plain Jane, normal, ho hum Bride. He’s coming back for a wife whose very nature lies in the fact that she is just as extraordinary as He is! We’ve got work to do, because for the most part, the Church has become content to fade into the background. We haven’t adorned ourselves with anything to make ourselves look particularly appealing to non believers or Christ. But if we can’t even imagine how good God’s plans are for us, then we should be in a constant state of excitement over what’s coming down the pipeline. We should be continually at the ready, knowing that when the extraordinary things of God come down the pipeline, we will be right where we should be.
Furthermore, God confirms in Jeremiah that He has plans for us. Our existence is already mapped out by God. Check out this verse in Psalm 139:
“You saw me before I was born. Everyday of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment of my life was laid out before a single day had passed. (v16)”
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)”
To me, it’s comforting that every day of my life is already recorded in God’s book. Because I am saved, my sins have already been covered. The challenge then is to move past self condemnation, and work towards pleasing God by accomplishing His goals for my life. The same thing goes for you. One of the keys to extraordinary living is moving past Satan’s and self’s accusations and moving towards God’s expectations (thanks, Bo!) God has greatness in store for you. This is exciting! In our church, we are starting a new series by John Bevere called “Extraordinary”. That is where all of this is coming from. People, for so long, I’ve felt like a failure in every area of life, because I have never felt like I was operating in the way that God has called me to. I am looking forward to discovering God’s plans for my life over this next 12 weeks, and as I blog about what I’m finding out about myself and God’s plans for us all, I pray that your heart would be set ablaze again and begin to believe, hope, and dream again. God has planned out an extraordinary life for you and me. It’s our job to discover God’s pathway to greatness and walk that road.
So, this is my pledge. Over the next 12 weeks, I am making a promise to myself to consider anything. I want to believe that anything is truly possible for those who believe. If God has planned an extraordinary life for me, then I don’t want to hinder it at all! If God has abundant living in store for me, then I want it! I want everything that God has in this life for me, so that I can give it all away for His glory! Not that I can be seen on a world stage, but that God might be glorified through the extraordinary living that I do on a daily basis. How about you? Will you come on this journey with me? You know its there…the longing for more. Maybe you’ve turned a deaf ear to it, but I promise you that something inside of you is raging against normalcy and mundane living. Something inside of you is crying out for more. Something inside of you is begging for dreams and visions of greatness. Something inside of you is telling you to believe again, to hope again!
The omnipotent God, who has numbered our days and written out every page of our lives, has destined us for the extraordinary and the supernatural. Who are we to stand in the way?
“God, my prayer is that you will help us to dream again. I pray that you would resurrect the desires that you have placed within us. I pray that we would no longer be afraid, but would recognize that our dreams are in fact, Your dreams. Give us the wisdom to know the difference. We need a revelation of who we are that can only be found in You. I believe that once we know who You created us to be, the freedom to achieve the supernatural will be reawakened within us as well. God, I pray for freedom to be extraordinary in everything that we do. I pray that the newness and abundance of life that You sent Christ for, will rise within us like an untamed fire! For Your glory, and for Your praise, Amen!”
Until next time, fam, be blessed!