Seven Ways we Limit God’s Work in Life and Career
Too often we accept what is, instead of pursuing what is possible. That kind of thinking limits us and our availability so see God at work in transforming other people’s lives through us.
- Thinking that as a Christ follower, God still considers you a sinner, and not a saint. Think about it this way: If you adopted a child into your family, would you think of her as a child to be loved or nothing but trouble? You would love her unconditionally and think of her as a beloved child — why would God view you any differently?
- Thinking that your vocation doesn’t matter. It does even if you don’t see the impact. If you think of calling as the place you serve God instead of the place you work, it makes all the difference in your perspective.
- That you’re not doing what you were created to do. Don’t confuse God’s plan with your preferences. “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 (NLT)
- That God is waiting to do something great through you and/or your business. God is always doing great things, whether you are aware of them or not. If you don’t feel like you’re part what he’s doing, get aligned with Him.
- We allow uncertainty, ambiguity, and open loops to create anxiety. The Apostle Paul’s admonition to “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything,” is worth obeying.
- In our eagerness for growth and change, we claim God is doing something new when it’s clear we pressed ahead without the clarity that comes from hearing his voice. You may be eager for “new wine in a new wineskin,” but you insist on pressing the wine before the grapes are ready.
- We limit our growth when we only surround ourselves with people whose experience and perspectives agree with our preconceptions, beliefs, and biases. The people with whom you spend time will sharpen or dull you; draw you closer or drive you further away from a relationship with God; and enlighten or confuse you. Choose wisely and invest your time well.
The last one is the most critical. We’re more Christ-like when others challenge us and hold us accountable to the Biblical standard of knowledge and wisdom—a standard far above that which the latest Amazon best-seller offers.
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Posted on Sun, May 27, 2018
by Brian Sooy