My One Word for 2014 is Leap. It’s all about leaping to find my writing voice in the blog. Leap and trust His plan. Leap and plant Small Seeds.
Have the guts to leap.
I have been refocusing on that word lately. This week’s Bible study of Ephesians 3 screams of leaping.
At times I feel a lot like Paul who confessed he felt he was “…writing about things that are way over my head…” (Ephesians 3:11-12 MSG)
Do you ever feel that way? To have an idea but feel completely unprepared and overwhelmed that you don’t know what to do next? In situations like this, you have one of two choices. You can do nothing, which will get you nowhere closer to your dream, or you can take a leap of faith and do something. Anything.
“When we trust in him, we’re FREE to say whatever needs to be said, BOLD to go whatever we need to go.” (Emphasis in all caps are mine.) Ephesians 3:11-12 MSG
And then I think of Dr. Phil. He often says, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Weird, I know. But, Dr. Phil, like Paul, was on to something big.
[Tweet “We don’t what God knows. We don’t know the plans He has for us.”]
Here we are in Ephesians, a letter written by Paul. Paul was once Saul, the go-to Christian persecutor of his day. Like us, Paul didn’t know what he didn’t know. God used him in a way he never thought possible. I think, at times, Paul even has trouble believing it himself.
God turned a persecutor into a crusader. (Galatians 1:13)
In his own words, Paul felt he was over his head when speaking about Christ. But, get this, Paul took a leap of faith. He leaped with his heart. He leaped and trusted God. He spoke, even if he didn’t know it all, yet. He said what he needed to say anyway.
He spoke FREE and BOLD.
“God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever image or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” Ephesians 3:20 MSG
I guess Paul knew more than he thought…
This Sunday my prayer for you, the one on the verge of taking a leap of faith, in the words of Paul, is this:
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 MSG
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