Part 1: A Big Life
Message: Life in the Faith Lane
Oh! Teach us to live wisely and well...
Psalm 90:12 (Message)
If you had met me at age twenty, you would not have nominated me in the “most likely to lead a global ministry” category. Although I grew up in a loving family and was active in the church, I felt very awkward as a teenager. As I began my journey into ministry, I had to face the fear of public speaking and the self-imposed pressure of being a prominent preacher’s son. I blinked incessantly whenever I spoke in front of people. Nevertheless, I persevered because I believed God had called me.
One of the first things we must realise if we want to live a BIG LIFE is that life is a journey. Far too many young people sabotage their future because they either don’t understand or aren’t willing to go through the process of growth and increasing their capacity, and getting over their insecurities. God is uncompromising when it comes to dealing with our heart, body, soul and spirit and its issues. Before God can move through us, He must first move in us.
Zechariah 4:10 warns against despising the day of small beginnings. Start where you are and be faithful with what is in your hand and heart. Don’t fall into the trap of sitting idle, waiting for that big break “one day when...”
The Hillsong Church of today did not always look as it does now. It began as a blank piece of paper and an audacious dream that was so far beyond anything I could possibly achieve within my own limitations. Yet years later, we are living in the days that were once just a dream. The faith I had then was not even big enough for the depth of expansion and plans God had for our future.
Faith is the key element that takes you on to live your big life. Your heavenly Father didn’t create you to live a life of mediocrity – you were created to live life in the faith lane. The faith-lane is not to be mistaken as the ‘fast lane’ because often it is just the opposite. Faith and patience = the promise (Hebrews 6:12)
Prayer: Father, the dreams in my heart are too big for me but they are not too big for You. Today, I ask you to strengthen me with the wisdom and patience to stay in the faith lane that You have assigned me. Holy Spirit, teach me to live wisely and well so that Your plans and my dreams can be fulfilled in Jesus Name.