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?