“Do you really thing God’s ultimate dream for your life is to see you sit in a pew for ninety minutes every week listening to a message and singing a few songs? Is that the barometer of spiritual maturity? No way! I wonder if we’ve forgotten that when we leave church we don’t leave the presence of God. We take the presence of God with us wherever He leads.”- Mark Batterson
“The difference between where you are and where God wants you to be may be the painful decision you refuse to make.”- Craig Groeschel, pastor of LifeChurch
Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 7 of Wild Goose Chase as he underscores that there comes a time in life when you decide that enough is enough. Therefore, you no longer desire to:
- play not to lose
- maintain the status quo
- make decisions based on personal comfort
As a result, at this point you need to stand up, step in, or step out. Somewhere in your spiritual journey, you must decide to step out of the cage. Instead of living defensively, start living dangerously for the cause of Christ. And a God-ordained vision acts as a supernatural preservative. Because it not only keeps you young, it also keeps you on the offensive.
In conclusion, Mark talks about the need for vision:
“Too many of us live by default instead of by design. So we go through life playing defense instead of offense. But here’s what I know for sure: you won’t accomplish any of the goals you do not set. . . . I’m not talking about goals that are manufactured in the human mind. I’m talking about faith goals that are inspired by God in the context of prayer. The driving motivation has to be maximizing your God-given potential. And the ultimate goal has to be to glorify God.”
Above all, remember that you need the support of others to get where God wants you to go.
Today’s question: What most helps you realize God’s ultimate dream for your life? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Whatever cage holds us back – the need to exit”