A few years ago, when my daughter was in elementary school, we watched a documentary on one of our nation’s heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. She had been studying his life in Social Studies. “What have you learned so far?” I asked her. A quick reply came, “He did good things and stood up for what was right.” After the movie finished our conversation dove deeper than second-grade history. I tried to explain to her that anyone could have done what Martin Luther King Jr. did if they choose to listen to their heart and not be afraid. Anyone could have had the same impact and influence.
To this, she replied, “Yeah, he was nothing special.” I sat back in my seat stunned. Did I somehow imply that he wasn’t special? Did I lose control of this conversation? Then the Lord hit me with the truth. (You know, the moment you have a thought that was way better than you could have come up with on your own?) I told her, “No babe, it’s not that he wasn’t special, everyone is special. Everyone was created to stand up for love, righteousness, and justice. Everyone has a destiny to do something impossible for God. Few people actually accomplish their destiny as they don’t believe God (or in themselves) enough to accomplish their calling. Few people make the choice to live in complete surrender to God.”
Her attention was captured, the light bulb turned on, she understood it. Funny thing is, I finally understood it myself. Greatness has been placed inside every one of us. Each one of us was born to partner with Jesus to change the world and release His heart. Of course, God is going to use anyone who is willing. It takes two-to-tango, and God wants to dance with you. He wants to dream with you, He wants to create with you. He values who you are and what you have to say. He wants to have conversations with you as He had with Abraham and Moses. They were men who He considered His friends. Men who felt safe and free enough in their personal relationships with God that He could trust them to think for themselves.
We often get so impatient with our process. We also get impatient with the Lord when we ask Him questions that He doesn’t answer. I have found most of the time when God does not answer a question I ask, it is because He is teaching me how to think, not what to think. He does this because He wants to empower me and be my friend, not my master.
We have been called to be a people of greatness for His namesake. You were born to be amazing. You have a divine destiny. An impossible assignment from heaven. What would happen if we walked in a manner worthy of Jesus’ sacrifice? If we stopped doubting ourselves and our passions. There is a reason why you have breath in your lungs at this time in history. You have life for such a time as this. What are you doing with it?
Redefined By Grace,
“While in every profession there are complaints of more applicants than openings, the Master has to wait for workers to apply. His work has to suffer because His people do not understand that they have been redeemed to serve Him who gave Himself for them.” Andrew Murray