7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.
Those who know me, know that I’m a strong faith man, driven by the confidence that God is at work for the purpose of carrying out His plan all for His very own glory. With that confidence, I have come to the conclusion that God never gets in a hurry to accomplish His purpose. He’s deliberate and methodical – sometimes even appearing slow.
He builds a mighty oak, but begins with the acorn. He brings a man with a message to change a nation, but starts with a sperm and an egg and untold years of dealings to get Him ready. He raised up a nation that began with a promise given to an old man who had a barren wife. Twenty-five years after the promise, when all hope seemed to be dead, Isaac was finally born to Abraham and Sarah. Over four hundred years later, one man’s promise had become a nation’s slave population, ready to be delivered from Pharaoh’s power by another man which God would have to prepare – Moses.
Fast forward past the baby found in the bulrushes, his education in Pharaoh’s palace, the discovery of his true identity, the murder of the Egyptian in defense of His Israelite brother, his fleeing into the wilderness. 80 years after His birth, when he has long since figured his ‘deliverer’s dreams’ were just youthful delusions, God torches a bush that doesn’t burn up and says “Hey Mo! Come check this out!” What he had figured was dead, was merely on ‘pause’ waiting for the finger of God to hit the ‘play button’ and say, “now, you’re ready!” And these are just a few chapters in the record of our collective spiritual history.
God’s purpose is overwhelming. Tied up in the promise that faith must obtain, is a lifetime of experiences, triumphs and tragedies, not one wasted – all meant to show God’s goodness and reveal His plan – all for His own glory.
I’ll be 50 at the end of this year.
I left that statement out there to itself, because it is rich with meaning – at least to me anyway. I’m not just a self-assured young punk preacher anymore. I’ve lived long enough to have some significant experiences that have come with lessons included. Here are just a few:
• It’s not about me.
• It’s ALL about Jesus!
• It’s all for God and to God’s glory!
• We are each just a part of God’s grand plan that covers generations.
• My responsibility is to be faithful in my season with my part.
• Never doubt the power of a simple prayer.
• God is great! God is good!
• Don’t despise the day of small things! (Zech. 4:10)
• God commands me to LOVE everybody. As for TRUST, He only commands me to TRUST Him. So if I trust you, it’s because you earned it.
• Never doubt the power of a seed! I once saw where one had slipped into the crack of a sidewalk, actually grown into a sapling and had moved the concrete.
• God is God and I am not!
• Patience is just as critical as faith. (Heb. 6:12)
• Never, never quit! It’s not over till it’s over whether any corpulent female ever sings or not!
• People will hurt you – forgive them and choose to trust anyway.
• Embracing what God has already done for me is the greatest thing I can do for Him.
• My problem is NOT the problem. It’s what I think about the problem that IS the problem.
• Most overnight wonders take at least 20 years.
• True friends know everything about you and are still your friends – that is invaluable. Guard it. They never question whether or not they will defend you, because they have your back. They always tell you the truth, because they know your heart and want God’s best for you.
• God’s purpose is for you to bear fruit. You might as well go on and do it, ‘cause ‘you’re pruned if you do and you’re pruned if you don’t.’ (John 15)
• Invest in a life and you can influence generations to come.
• Work like it all depends on you, but pray like it all depends on God.
• After all I’ve been through, I still have joy! Never lose your song!
• Relationships are the most difficult and the most rewarding part of life.
• The B-I-B-L-E . . . that’s the book for me.
• I’m amazed that God has called me to preach the message of transformation all the while He’s still in the process of transforming me – the messenger.
• Jesus loves me, this I know
• God always gets the last word!