I fondly remember coaches in my younger years investing time and energy into challenging me to improve. As a soccer player, I chose to be a goalkeeper because of the lack of running and I took that mindset forward and used the gifted talents I had to make me a decent player. This was good enough for me because, frankly, I was lazy and unmotivated. Complacency was my level of investment for improving. My coaches, however, had very different plans. They saw the player I could be and challenged me with insights into what I could become. They saw my potential and encouraged me towards it.
Has the Lord ever uprooted your life by revealing the things you’ve been trying to conceal due to fear? In conversations with church planters recently there is a recurring theme: The Lord will not quietly allow you to stand in the way of His goals for you and your work in the Kingdom. When you surrender your life to God and His good work He will call and equip you. God can see what is just below the surface in your life and can amplify that into life-change.
The Bible is a relentless example of how an experience with Jesus and the Holy Spirit will change your trajectory in a moment. Whether it was Moses and the burning bush, Saul’s transformation into Paul, or Jesus’ visit with Zacchaeus, when the Lord was moving He was also equipping. Each of these men were on totally different paths until the Lord intervened. Zacchaeus was a greedy, lying, swindler. Jesus came to him directly, mere chapters before we see the crucifixion. Zacchaeus was living anything but a pure life, but knew he needed to see Jesus, and Jesus knew he did as well. Once the need was met Zacchaeus’ birthright via his name came to fruition. In the Greek language, Zacchaeus translates as “Pure”. Jesus pursued what was under the surface in Zacchaeus’ life and instilled the life-giving, freshly restored, and desire-quenching calling and Spirit that only He can give.
In this story Zacchaeus changes course quickly, giving away his riches and repairing any people’s financial situation four-fold if he had wronged them. When we see God moving in people’s lives it is an exciting and defining moment. He wants to do those same things in our lives and has committed to that when He provided us an opportunity to go on a co-mission (Matthew 28:18-20) with Him.
What calling has God put on your life? How can you partner with God in His commission found in Matthew 28:18-20? Make a list today of how He has equipped you to be effective in service to Him and His people.