“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”- Dr. Tony Evans
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”- James 1:27 (ESV)
In the Conclusion to Detours, Dr. Tony Evans encourages us not to lose heart. God’s sovereign, providential hand uses all our experiences to usher us to our destiny. The length of your detour correlates with the size of your God. Dr. Evans explains:
“As long as you choose to live with a small god in your perspective, the circumstances of life will dictate your detours. But the moment you expand the meaning of God to this all-encompassing sovereign deity, where nothing gets to you unless it passes through His fingers first, you will see Him move.”
Also, Dr. Evans exhorts you to remember that your destiny always involves ministering to other’s beyond yourself. It’s not just about you. In addition, this ties into how you view blessings from God.
All Christians want God to bless them. But the true definition of blessing runs deeper. Dr. Evans defines a blessing as:
” . . . experiencing, enjoying, and extending the goodness of God in your life. . . . not merely something God does to you but also something He does through you.”
Keep your eyes wide open as God ushers you to your destiny- suddenly (emphasis author’s).
Today’s question: What Scriptures offer encouragement to “cast off one’s chains?” Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the Annotated Bibliography of Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny