For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:12-13)
Do we ever think our dreams for success or accomplishment is God's purpose for us? Do we think that if we obey God will accomplish great things with our obedience? His purpose may well be just the opposite. God's end, His purpose for us IS the process of submitting our will to Him. It is today that He wants us to focus on.
Our obedience will accomplish great things. Perhaps we will never see the repercussions of what our faith does. Maybe God will give us a goal that He has no intention for us to personally reach. There were missionaries who felt that they were to go and preach the word to an indigenous tribe in South America - but when they got there, they were slaughtered within days of their arrival by the very people they were trying to bring the gospel to. But when more missionaries came, including their families - not to seek revenge, but to share God's love, the tribe who did the murdering came to Christ. It is said that the church is a plant that is watered by the blood of saints. Are we truly willing to shed our blood in order to bring God glory?
The Bible is full of ordinary people who went to impossible places and did wondrous things simply because they decided to obey God, even when others said, "You can't do that." They weren't more qualified for their tasks than we are. But they trusted God to open doors and give them the power they needed in their situation. Can we trust God to open doors that seem closed? The doors God sets before us are much like grocery store entrances - the doors seem closed, but the minute you step up to them, they open. God opens the door the minute we step up in faith. But if we never take the step of faith, the doors will always be closed.
Prayer Thought: Are you willing to be a failure for God? Are you ready to re-prioritize what is important and what is successful? Ask God today to help you seek out those misconceptions within you. Pray that they will not keep you from being a true success for God.