“Far too many people are living Dead Sea lives with no outlets and no flow. They suffer perpetual stagnation because they have lost sight of the value of fulfilling their destinies. . . . far too many people spend a lot of time making a living but not a lot of time making a life.”- Dr. Tony Evans
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.”- Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV)
In Chapter 4 (“Completeness”) of Discover Your Identity, Dr. Tony Evans compares life without fulfilling your destiny to the Dead Sea. For example, the Dead Sea exists, but nothing can grow or live in it. Furthermore, because the Dead Sea’s shore sits 1388 feet below sea level, water flows in – but nothing flows out.
Hence, many people settle into a routine tied solely to existing – and not their destiny. As a result, they attempt to figure out their own destiny rather than seek God for the destiny He has for their life. In addition, Dr. Evans explains:
“Sometimes people can’t find their destiny and their calling because they are . . . trying to self-define their own calling. But keep in mind that a calling always assumes a caller. . . . Understanding that God is the caller and you are the callee is one of the foundational steps to living out your destiny. . . . God is the Creator and you are the created. That means you can never discover your destiny apart from God. It is impossible”
In conclusion, Dr. Evans observes, many Christians live with feelings of insignificance. Because they fail to see how they fit in as part of the larger, comprehensive puzzle of God’s purpose. Therefore, you must connect to the greater meaning for which God created you. Otherwise, you’re just a puzzle piece without a picture.
Today’s question: What Bible verses keep Christians from living Dead Sea lives? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “A cosmic lottery – living your life?”