“Embrace the responsibility to lead everyday people to new life and new possibilities.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 - This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Isaiah 43:18-19 - “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. 19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
God is up to a new thing. He’s creating rivers in the dry places of your life. He’s making a way where there seems to be no way.
Can you perceive it? Can you see it? Will you choose to believe it?
How am I supposed to embrace new possibilities when I’m not entirely sure what the new possibilities are?
Romans 12:1 - And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
We’re all about new possibilities. Living sacrifice? Not so much.
New possibilities often come disguised as responsibilities.
Romans 12:2 - Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Isn’t this what so many of us are longing for? To know God’s will for our life?
- We want to believe that we are living a life of purpose and significance.
- We want to believe that we are living out our purpose or calling.
- We want to believe that we are making a difference and that our lives matter.
The Apostle Paul says the only way this is going to happen is if we first allow God to change the way we think.
So many of us struggle through life because we are looking to the wrong things to determine our behavior.
What we allow to steal our attention will eventually steal our devotion.
Comprehending the will of God for your life starts with allowing God to transform the way you think. Your view of success, of achievement, of attainment, fulfillment, must be recalibrated to align with God’s.
Romans 12:3 - Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
Paul warns us to be honest in our assessment, not judging by worldly standards, not comparing ourselves to one another, but by the faith God has given us.
Romans 12:4-6 - Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
Here it is… you, yes you, have a part. A role. You need to walk it out.
God has flipped the script, your life is no longer your own, you are to offer it as a living sacrifice. Walk it out.
Part of the reason that “new possibilities” sounds so vague is that it would be impossible to enumerate the uniqueness with which God has created us. Yet, in His wisdom, God has brought us here together, to fit together, that we may build up, strengthen, disciple, and encourage one another. You’re not here by accident.
What is your gifting?
A good place to start is to look at the things you’re good it.
New possibilities are often hidden underneath our talents.
John 4:34 - (Jesus) My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.
Nothing in your life--nothing--will satisfy you like doing the will of God. Walk it out.
John 15:4-5 - Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
So many Christians live their lives devoid of power because they disconnect from their source.
Jesus says, “Remain. Remain in me. Remain in me, and I will remain in you.”
It’s a promise. But it’s also a warning.
John 14:12 - I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
Why don’t we experience that? More importantly, why aren’t we living that?
We’ve lost our staying power.
Without remaining, the very gifts God has given us can destroy us.
Gratitude turns to pride.
God’s not trying to run you ragged. New possibilities isn’t some PR stunt, or fancy slogan bait-and-switch campaign. It’s an offer to be refreshed:
Isaiah 43:19; 20b - For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.
For those that are dry, run down, worn out, those who have been there - done that, new possibilities are for you. God is doing a new thing. Can you see it?
Do you long to be refreshed? To find purpose and satisfaction in life? Walk it out.
The Script has been flipped. New possibilities are yours. Walk it out.