Updated: Sep 30, 2020
Ever wonder what you were born to do? I struggled with this question for years in my twenties. I was looking for something complicated and “great” by the standards of this world. I missed the truth, that the answer lies in our origin. I didn't get it; however I wanted my life to be, I would have to create it. Day by day. Brick by brick. One choice after another. We were made in the image of the Creator; created to create. We were made to create a life that honors our creator. Mediocrity is not His Way. We serve the King of Kings.
“We are our highest self when we create.” ~ www.reinventingperspectives.com
In the beginning God looked at what he had created and said “It is good.” Create things that are good. “Bear fruit” is often only considered in the sense of having children, however it is not limited to the beauty of children. The bible uses the word fruit when referring to the product of the spirit - the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5 : 22- 23), and even to the true nature of people - you shall know them by their fruit (Matthew 7: 16). The synonym for “bear fruit” is yield results or produce.
Productivity is our mandate! That yearning to succeed is an in-built thing. Just in case we run away with our own plans of success, the bible tells us in Matthew 3: 8, “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” Our produce, our results must reflect that we are God’s chosen people. We must one day reflect on the fruit of our life and say ‘it is good’ because it is in keeping with the nature of God.
We have been given breath and the go ahead to create a life by our heavenly Father. How do we know this? God doesn’t give us a routine to follow. That’s our jurisdiction. We can choose how to live, knowing that whatever we do, we are creating our tomorrow. Instead of telling us what to do in every moment, God gives us principles that will never fail as our guideline. We reap what we sow. There is no action without consequence.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” ~ Galatians 6: 7 - 9
The greatest deception is to think that we are just placeholders and things are just happening to us. We forgo our destiny and our joy in this way. I know from experience, it’s too easy to just get caught up in going through the motions of life, but it's dangerous. Not only do we rob ourselves of consciously creating a life that is pleasing to God, we forgo the benefits that Christ has reserved for us as believers. We are encouraged to view ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12: 1), a sweet and fragrant offering (Philippians 4: 18) to our loving Father. This isn't a passive existence. It's being engaged in creating a life that is a beautiful offering - this way we live is our worship. Nothing is trivial. God sees and knows our intention at every turn. It’s pleasing in his sight when we choose to smile and laugh even when things seem upside down.
It doesn't matter how things are today. The state of our life today is as a result of yesterday's choices. We can't go backwards in time, but we can determine in our hearts to create a great tomorrow. Being deliberate in making daily choices that change us and our tomorrow. That’s how winners win, one right decision at a time. We train for success.
"For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come." ~ 1 Timothy 4 : 8
How do we create an environment to prosper (produce fruit)? By following the instruction and standing on the promises of God. Psalm 1 tells us that when we stay away from bad company, find joy in the laws of God, and meditate on His word day and night we will be blessed.
The company we keep is critical to our success. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, "Be not deceived: Bad company corrupts good character." The influence of friends or peer pressure is real. Surrounding ourselves with good influence makes it easier to do the right thing. Delighting in the laws of the Lord means we are finding pleasure in keeping God’s ways. When I think of meditating on the word day and night, I'm reminded of the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) wristbands. It's a lifestyle. Making the word of God a part of everything we do. Being conscious of our Savior and His presence. God is with us all the time. He is omnipresent, everywhere at once. That is why the writer of Psalm 139: 7 says "Where can I go and hide from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?" Even in our loneliness we are never alone. God is waiting for us to call on Him. He will answer (Psalm 138: 3)
We have been handed the keys to the kingdom. "Bless the Lord O' my soul and forget not his benefits" (Psalm 103: 2). What does it mean “to subdue the earth”? To take it under our control. God is sovereign over us. We are sovereign over the earth. Sometimes we give up our sovereignty because we don’t even know it was given to us. The things of this life were never intended to control us. By design we are made to control this life. How about when things in our life seem to be spinning out of control? When we are overwhelmed. Like a soldier at war, when we are losing the battle, we must immediately report to our superior that we are losing control and wait for direct orders. Our saving grace is the knowledge that nothing can destroy us.
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4: 8
We are responsible and will be made answerable for the way we have lived this life. What is under your jurisdiction? Begin by creating an environment to succeed for yourself. We admire people of excellence, forgetting to train ourselves to be excellent people. We are inspired by dreams and visions and it’s up to us to bring them to life. It’s within our ability to create what God has spoken into our lives. The words of Jesus in Mark 9: 23 are “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Yesterday is long forgotten and tomorrow is yet to come, but today is here and now ready to be shaped into our experience. Choose today a better tomorrow.
"This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." ~ Psalm 118: 24
Creativity is not for the select few. It’s in all of God’s people who dare to take control. God is with us.
"The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it." ~ Abraham Lincoln
What can you begin to do differently today to improve your life and create a better tomorrow?
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