If a stranger came up to you and said purchase this gift and give it away and you will be blessed thirty times as much as it’s worth, would you believe him? Would you do what he said? Maybe some of us would purchase the gift simply because the payoff is worth the risk. What if the gift would drain the last of your money, then would you be willing to take the risk?
How about a kickball? A kickball that bounces ten times higher than any average kickball. If it came bouncing your way, would you know that the kickball was bouncing ten times higher than any other kickball? I’d be willing to bet that if you were working in the kickball industry, then you’d recognize the significance of the extraordinarily bouncy ball.
We understand our work. A person who understands computers knows how to fix computers. A computer technician isn’t afraid to take a financial risk to fix a computer, because a tech knows that he or she is capable of performing the task. A tech isn’t afraid to navigate through a virus to remove it. A tech isn’t intimidated by the hardware of a computer. Opening one up to remove and replace parts isn’t a big deal.
Do we understand the Father’s work? Do we know what he wants and how he wants it? Have we ever taken a risk on the account of faith? Maybe some of us are struggling with the idea of God, and it’s holding us back. We would like to give our lives to him, but we just can’t get ourselves to let go of a few things because we don’t know if we can tear ourselves away from them.
Here’s a good way to think: It is possible to give up those things and never miss them again. With God, joy will be given to us, but we must put our faith in God, not ourselves. And faith needs to come from a place of work.
To work with God, we need to understand that he can’t work with junk, and he’s the boss. So the first thing we need to do is empty our minds and hearts so that God has a clean circuit board to work with. We can’t create our own God and expect the real God to bless us. We can’t stay stubborn to our own values, ideals and principles and expect God to do powerful things in our lives. If God has called us to be his own, we need to be open to a new way of thinking. We need to be open to things that we don’t like, or, even, things we don’t agree with. We need to be open to anything short of sin. If we are not, we will fail in learning who God is, what God wants and what God does.
The way God lives is unorthodox to the way we live. We power ourselves by the fuel of this earth. God has never received power from this earth, so when he wants to work in us or over us, we must remember that he isn’t asking us to power ourselves. He’s asking us to let him design us, build us and then turn the power on. He’s asking us to let him put his power all over us.
“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I (Jesus), too, am working… … …I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does… … …a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself” (John 5:16-26).