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For When You Want It All… NOW

Come on, you and I both know I am different. I am one of the special ones. God can trust me with everything. I don’t need the whole “process” of transformation. I am ready.

Promised land, fulfillment, destiny, inheritance? Yeah, I can handle that.

Forget going through all these trials, hardships, and persevering. I have enough character. Forget learning contentment in all things and rejoicing in tribulations. I was made for the big time. I am special–some people need that process, but not me.

I’ve got the talent. I’ve got the drive. I’m filled with charisma. I’m going to do something great for God. This is the fast track and it’s my time to shine.

If God knows what He’s doing He’ll promote me. His word says I have it all anyway, He’ll just be giving me everything that’s mine.

I can do this. I want to do all the stuff. I want it all now.


I don’t think many of us would be this brazen in our speech, but we sometimes live our lives this way. We avoid the faintest whiff of pain and preserve ourselves while still affirming that we want to follow Jesus. We’re all guilty to some degree, I believe.

We are certainly to grow in our gifting and pursue the deeper things of God including spiritual gifts and the demonstration of them. What is scary, however, is how many of us want the shortcut–the instantaneous everything thrust upon them. Here’s the thought that struck me recently…

How did that work out for the prodigal son?

In Luke 15:11-31, this guy wanted it all up front. Yes, it was his inheritance and the fulfillment of a promise, but it was intended to be used and enjoyed in the context of relationship with the father and at the right time. Obviously, in Jesus’ story, this man took his father’s riches and squandered them on debauchery and every pleasure until he ran out.

When we want the shortcut to the expression of destiny without walking with the Father, without developing and enduring the tests of our character–we display a lack of trust in Him. Shouldn’t it scare us that we can bypass or disregard Him to get to the “riches”? In doing so, we forget that the richest blessing by far is knowing Him and being known by Him. This was Paul’s view,

…I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ. –Philippians 3:8

Besides as the father in the story told the older son who was upset about party on behalf of the younger son’s return, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.” When you stay in the house, under His covering, you have access to the goods anyway and they’ll never run out.

Either way, the key is relationship.

Just something to think about when you and I decide we are special and above the process. He is a good Father and He knows the best way to see Christ formed in us so that we can carry both the power and the blessings of fulfillment.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever wanted the “instantaneous” work?

17 Comments

  1. How did that work out for the prodigal son? Not very well, until he came to his senses. I been through a few of those prodigal moments and wanted instant results but that only makes us settle for something far less than His best.

    My heart is for more of Him…as we journey together, letting Him distribute as He sees fit.

    Thanks Bro’…appreciate ya!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Who I AmMy Profile

    • Amen. Me too, Jay. Thank you so much. I appreciate you too!

  2. Impatience is part of my wart and woof. But I have also learned the best things come to those who wait.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..MemorialMy Profile

    • I’m very patient… except for all those times when I’m not! I’m so glad He teaches us to discern between the right now and the not yet so we can know what to pursue and when--if we’ll trust Him. Thanks Bill.

  3. Ouch! This one hit me right where I live. I think most of us share this commonality. We want it all and we want it now… What we never stop to consider is if we get it without the wisdom to go along with it, we won’t be able to keep it…. It’s like the majority of the folks who win a lottery… the object of their desires is a perspective, because they have the wrong one they can’t keep what they so desperately think will save them.

    I’ve said it often, but I believe it’s true; the best things we can be given are the things that aren’t. It goes with our kids and it goes with us. When we put the time in to grasp the wisdom, the gifts find a proper perspective in Him.

    Excellent post and reminder.

    • The lottery winners are a great analogy for this. They actually call it a lottery curse, but you’re so right, there is not enough wisdom to work with what they’ve been given. Money is a tool. Even our talents, influence, and experiences are a tool. They aren’t to be an end in themselves but a further drawing into our Lord and Savior. Good stuff, Floyd. Thank you.

  4. we live in the instinatinous world.
    the microwave world…
    and sadly we think God is a microwave God…
    and he is not…NOT ALL the time at least…
    are somethings that just taste better comming from the oven…
    wouldn’t you agree?…
    Arny recently posted..Sing The Analogous Truth : Fitting The Ocean in a GlassMy Profile

    • I guess when you see and declare the end from the beginning, you don’t feel the impatience like we do! Actually, I hardly use the microwave because I don’t like what it does to food--usually it comes out rubbery, hard, or otherwise compromised. I’m all about the toaster oven though! Ha! Thanks Arny. I’m 100% with you.

  5. Don’t really have anything to add, but it seems to me that you have nailed it scripturely. It’s rare that something obtained easily is appreciated as much as it should be.
    philip recently posted..A Burning SensationMy Profile

    • It can cause a big mess. Doesn’t stop me from thinking I know better… Geez! Thanks Philip.

  6. I think I need to go bandage my feet. You stepped all over my toes today. :P

    I can be a pretty impatient person when it comes to seeing God’s will or promise fulfilled in my life. I have often complained when things haven’t moved fast enough. The interesting part, though, is that I have never tried taking the shortcut before in my life or in the life of my ministry. I have had plenty of opportunities to blast ahead and be in a position much bigger and seemingly better than I am in now, but deep down, I knew it wasn’t God’s path. Sometimes you just have to realize that the shortcuts never lead where you want them to go.
    Jason Vana recently posted..Serving as LeaderMy Profile

    • I don’t know, hopefully I’m not wrong, but I think the restless feeling is normal (I definitely feel it plenty). What we do with it is the key. Like you said, you didn’t take the shortcut when you had the chance. God is able to redeem any of our missteps or bad decisions, but why go through the heartache for ourselves and others? He leads perfectly.

      And if I stepped on your toes, it was just me getting you back for all those times you’ve stepped on over at your blog. Ha! Thank you, Jason.

  7. Yep, I am definitely guilty of wanting to take the short cut to growth. But God has proven to me over and over again that there are no short cuts to growth. As much as I would like to avoid the pain and hardship I know that this is how God is going to continue to grow me!
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..If you want to make your life count you must have passionMy Profile

    • Absolutely. There are shortcuts, but not to true, lasting growth. He is interested in our keeping what we gain in Him, not holding on to it for a fleeting moment. Thanks so much, Kevin.

  8. nice enlightenment. Everybody is also looking for the short cut but I think I can enjoy it in the long way and I don’t want to miss a thing.
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    • Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.

      • Your welcome, I love to read positive blogs