“Everything you need to accomplish the vision/purpose God has ordained for you is already inside you.”
Have you ever heard that statement before? I have. It’s a statement I tell myself and others all the time.
Recently, I proceeded to ask God a question in regards to that statement.
I said “Father, if you have placed everything that I will ever need to accomplish the task (purpose/vision) you have set before me to do, then how do I get it out? I want your will to be my will but I’m not skilled in marketing, or social media, or building a ministry. So, Father, how am I to take what you’ve placed within me, if I don’t know what’s there and how, and when, to use it?”
Yes, obedience. When we are obedient to God’s instructions then doors open and things happen. You may not know how you will do it, where to find the resources, or what you will do. But if you take that first step – and keep moving, God will pull out of you all the necessary parts.
You are the Vessel, and within you is an abundance of resources that God chooses to use to accomplish His task. You were made in His image. So, imagine you, the vessel, full of …
Strength; courage; boldness; faith; perseverance; love; gifts; talents; abilities; life experiences; world knowledge, spiritual knowledge, wisdom; understanding; relationships.
It’s an amazing thought, isn’t it?
Imagine this, God gives you an idea, a thought, or command that is so far beyond your grasp you say, “I don’t know how God!”
He tells you “I want you to open a home for battered women.” You say, “God me? Are you sure? Where am I going to find the place, the money? I don’t even know how to run a business!” But in faith you take the first step, one at a time.
And as you step, He pulls out courage. You go a little further and need connections, so He pulls out relationships, and then knowledge; and so on until the task is complete.
The relationships are people you’ve met along the way that can give you the expertise, connections or donations you need for that home. The wisdom is in knowing how to take the information you’ve gathered and make good decisions with it. The knowledge comes in as you apply it to your vision/purpose.
God’s word says that everything works together for the good of them that love the Lord (Rom 8:28). Let’s always remember to seek first the Kingdom of God by doing His will for our lives. And although He has called us and we are His vessels, chosen vessels, that obedience is better than sacrifice.
Faith is the substance of things hope for (Hebrews 11:1) – the fulfillment of your dreams, vision, purpose here on earth.
Last but not least, let us remember that God has plans for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you; to give you an expected end (Jer 29:11).
Now, go, do, and be all God says is possible for your life! Remember, it’s already within you!
Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana