Studying God's Word Reveals The Work He Has For Us

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   5/2/2012

One thing that I’ve been learning every day since I started following Christ is that God has a plan for each one of our lives.

He has made each of us in a detailed way to accomplish the specific purposes He has for us. All of us have a different passion and purpose that comes flawlessly from the Lord.

Ephesians 2:10- “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God gave me a passion for the poor and the lost when I was in middle school. I can remember the exact moment I received a word from God about my purpose in helping the poor and sharing the hope of the Gospel with people who have never heard. Since then, I have participated in a few mission trips in the United States, specifically in Lame Deer, Montana.

However, it wasn’t until I traveled to Mali, Africa that I really saw God’s heart for those who lived in poverty and for those who have never had the opportunity to hear the message of the Gospel.

My heart simply broke. I can remember writing in my journal at the end of the day as wet tears slowly dribbled down my face until they made a wet impression on the page of my journal. I learned in that moment that I wanted to pray for God to break my heart just as His breaks for His people. This was a prayer that I wanted to pray with all my heart, but I also knew I would need to be ready for what was to come. When I asked God to begin to break my heart, it has been an ongoing and life-changing process.

I recently finished reading “Holy Discontent” by Bill Hybels. This book altered my mentality on the purposes God has for my life. Hybels talks about how we all have a holy discontent—something that we simply can’t stand to the point that we are passionately driven to action. He calls this the “Popeye moment.” It is the moment when we realize we “can’t stand it anymore.”

For me, it is twofold. First, so many people live in extreme poverty where they are sentenced to death every single day for the simple fact that they lack access to clean water, healthy food and basic medications. The other side of my “Holy Discontent” is that so many people have not accepted Christ as their Savior simply because they have never heard! And they have not heard because there is no one to tell them.

Romans 10:14- “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

Hybels book talks about the importance of praying that God would identify your “Holy Discontent” to you and that you would not only recognize it, but pursue it. He discusses how it is our own responsibility to take action toward whatever “Holy Discontent” we are burdened with. It is not enough to simply realize what it is, but we must follow God’s guidance and act.

“The danger in opting out of the holy discontent pursuit is that in doing so, you also opt out of tackling the good works God has wired you up to accomplish,” Hybels said.

God never asks us to do something that He will not provide the way and resources for. This is not to say that everything will be smooth sailing, but that we are called to trust in the Lord for guidance and provision as we walk in the purposes He has for us. While things do not always happen the way we want in the time frame we desire, God is always in control.

Habakkuk 2:2-3- “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will sure come; it will not delay.”

One huge principle God is teaching me now that I know my “Holy Discontent” is that the solution comes in His timing. It is a process that I am walking each and every day. I am privileged to have a job where I am working toward helping the poor and sharing the Gospel with the lost. However, the dreams and passions that God is continuing to engrave in my heart will come in His timing, and it will be His alone. In the meantime, I continue to pray that the Lord would grow me more, strengthen my passions, and give me patience.

“The moral of the story is that a bad day lived from the energy of your holy discontent if far better than the best day lived anywhere else,” Hybel said.

Ultimately, as we seek God, he will reveal his purposes to us. God gives us confidence in Him—knowing that His purposes will happen in His timing. He simply asks that we be open and willing vessels as we pray for Him to awaken the passions He has placed within us.

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