GOD'S DREAMS FOR YOU - 3
May these thoughts inspire you in faithful service of Jesus.
A GREAT MAN
James Outram Fraser outran his peers, in his wrestle to serve God wherever God would lead. His heart for the unreached people group, the Lisu saw him deliver the extraordinary in service, the exhausting prayer and many more sons and daughters for the God of heaven.
Fraser entered life in 1886 with significant natural giftings that would make him wealthy. Wealth was not in his heart. His heart had been claimed by another who was blood stained and had hung tortured 2 metres above him.
Fraser is legendary for his prayerful devotion to all changes and chances of his life. Dis-satisfied with poor results (little fruit for his labours) he learned to wrestle with God.
"Solid, lasting missionary work is done on our knees."
"I do not intend to be one of those who bemoan little results, while resting in the faithfulness of God. My cue is to take hold of the faithfulness of God and USE THE MEANS necessary to secure big results."
A GREAT TRUTH
God has a deliberate purpose for you. It is easy to chart my life my way. But, I am no accident (PS 139). My existence is for His purpose. This loving creator and father does not desire to hurt me or harm me. His purpose for me is good. It is received by faith. (2 Cor 5:7)
"... You did not choose me , but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last..." Jn 15:16
The truth is that when I walk in Jesus' purpose for my life, I can then have an impact that lasts forever.
J.C. Ryle says ' a man is immortal until his work is done.' God will perfectly protect those engaged in His works.
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Eph 2:10
A GREAT DREAM
To make earth less homelike,
To hear, 'well done good and faithful servant',
To use my body/my flesh to serve Him alone,
To be pure in my service of Him,
To know his purpose for me is far superior to my purpose for me,
To seek His pleasure before my own,
To think on Him and not on myself,
To dwell on His goodness, and not my goods,
To love Him more than I love me.
To let Him own me!
Will you live this dream?
A GREAT THOUGHT
His purpose is usually accessed by taking steps of faith.(2 Cor 5:7) This is simply stepping out prayerfully without the usual human 'safety nets'. Peter did this when he became the 2nd man to walk on water (see "Water Walking") God will never dis-honour those attempting to serve Him. In fact, He will honour the step of faith (2 Thess1:11b).
The call of service that Jesus asks, is first to believe that I may actively seek and pursue His call and blessing on my life. He then asks me to be a conduit of His satisfying goodness to others. For from Jesus comes goodness and blessing to the whole world.
There is always a great result for those who dream God's dreams, and not their own. I access His dreams for me through my faith.
Nehemiah knew how to take such steps of faith, as he sought to approach king Artaxerxes. May his prayer be yours too...
"O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favour in the presence of this man." Neh 1:11
" ... anyone who does not give up everything He has cannot be my disciple." Lk 14:33