My favorite feeling in the whole world is anticipation. Strike that. It’s more than a feeling. My favorite state of being in the whole world is anticipation. For me, there’s nothing like knowing something transformative and exciting is about to happen.
Last year, I experienced this in a way like never before. During my family’s winter vacation, God told me (not audibly) that I was going to become a full-time writer. (Merry Christmas!) Just imagining spending my days writing; expressing ideas that could move someone’s heart from helpless to hopeful or paint an image of new life on the canvas of their minds; was an absolutely thrilling prospect! Where our calling and vocation intersect is where great joy and hard work blend.
I was full of anticipation, hopefulness, and eager readiness…that is until I started thinking about the ‘how’. How was I going to establish my brand? How was my household going to handle the change in income? How was I going to tell my manager and coworkers? How was I going to make this drastic transition and not lose my mind? Suddenly. I was no longer in a place of great anticipation. I was witless with worry. I was thinking, “Lord, I think I must have misunderstood You.”
Recalling this moment, I can’t help but to think about the disciples of Jesus shortly before the end of His earthly ministry. In John 14:12-15, Jesus says to them:
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Sweet! The disciples were told they were going to do the same works Jesus did, even greater! And they were told that whatever was needed to do the work, they only needed to ask and He would do it. What an exciting calling…that is until a person starts to think about the how. Consider this, just before this declaration He told them that one of them was going to betray Him, another was going to deny Him, and He was leaving them!!! And yet, they were going to do “greater things”??? I know the Bible doesn’t say it, but we can see from later events that it’s likely the disciples were thinking, “Lord, I think we must have misunderstood You.”
But often what we think is misunderstanding God is actually misplaced faith. We put trust and hope in knowing the details instead knowing God and His character. The truth is that God already knew how the disciples were going to do greater things. He was going to send the Helper, the Spirit of God, to dwell inside them and work in and through them (John 14:15-27). Greater things, indeed!
Today, the Helper is still providing what we need to do greater things for the glory of God. Since starting this journey to becoming a writer, I have received free logo and branding support, social media expertise, professional mentorship, and a chance to pitch a book idea to an internationally known publisher. There’s no doubt in my mind that these connections and chance meetings were all the work of the Holy Spirit. He’s working out the how for the “greater things” in my life, with absolutely no assistance from me.
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What “greater things” is God calling you to do for His glory? Are you focusing more on the how of your calling instead of Who’s calling you? How can knowing more about the Holy Spirit help you get in sync with God about this part of your life?
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