I want to remind you today that your dreams are probably so much smaller than what God has in store for you. Do not sell yourself short; believe the enemy’s lies, because you are beautifully and wonderfully made in the eyes of God. So many times Christians are content walking around just getting by. As Christine Caine said at Passion, “You can still go to heaven in shackles, but why in the world would you want to!” The life of a Christian is the life of freedom, not bound by any shackles, or chains. Before the glow stick could produce its beautiful light, it had to be bent and cracked. Sometimes your life will be bent until the point you feel cracks or even deep craters in your heart, but it is through these openings, if you allow, that Christ shines brilliantly testifying to His goodness and mercy, even in the bad times.
Louie Giglio asked the question at Passion this week, “Do you trust his hands for the plan? Can you say in absolute obedience whatever you chose I will trust it?” This can be a scary place to live, but it can also be so exhilarating to watch Christ show up in ways you never thought possible. The older sibling never meant to make the younger brother cry; rather, he simply wanted him to see what he was missing. Sometimes the same is true for your life, as well as mine. The bending produces something far greater than expected. It may take weeks, months, maybe years, but eventually pain has the potential to produce fruit. Do you trust His hands? Are you ready to live a life that shines the radiance of Christ?
2 Corinthians 4
8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;….. 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[d] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.