Finding God's Dream for You - Weekly Workplace Wisdom

06/26/2012 .
Helen Mitchell

Author: Helen Mitchell
 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

Deep inside each of us is the need for hope.  And who doesn’t want to live a prosperous life with hope for the future?  We read that verse, recite it, and put it on plaques to hang in our home—yet there is still that wrestling within ourselves, wondering how do we know for sure we are living that life God planned. Could there be something more? 

Faith is believing in what God says regardless of our circumstances.  When life is good, it’s easy to have faith and feel hopeful, but what about those times when you are doing all the right things, yet life and work have come to a dead end.  Then what?  Can we still believe that there is a plan and purpose when we have been laid off, missed that promotion, lost that big client, or feel trapped in an unfulfilling job? 

God wants you to know he has a plan for your life. He created you to accomplish something special for him. He’s given us Jeremiah 29:11 to remind us of that fact, especially during those dead end moments.  How do we get out of the rut and back on God’s road? Psalm 25:12 tells us: Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD?  He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.

What of God’s dream for your life?

  • God's dream for you is personal
  • God's dream for you is positive

What is my response?

  • Dedicate all of my life to God

You've got to be willing to do whatever God wants you to do, even before he tells you to do it. 

Many times God’s plans for us are different than the life we are now living or the habits and attitudes we hold.  Like re-tooling a factory to produce a new product, God gives us the choice to throw off those things that do not fit the ideal life he has for us. 

Let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back . . . and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.      (Hebrews 12:1 TLB)

The good news is, God’s plans for you don’t expire. The more time we spend with the Lord the more we can discern his ways and his leading.  Dedicating our lives to God does not mean living in a monastery or abandoning our current way of life.  Dedicating one’s life to God means he is first and prominent in everything we do. Our hearts and minds are set on fulfilling his desires, rather than our own.

Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God dedicated to his service . . . Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you . . . Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and pleasing to him and is perfect.      (Romans 12:1-2 TEV) 

  • Reserve time alone with God

You cannot discover God’s dream unless you spend time with God.

Pause a moment . . . and listen; consider the wonderful things God does.      (Job 37:14 TEV) 

God speaks to people who take time to listen. 

  • Evaluate my abilities

For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to devote ourselves to the good deeds for which God has designed us.            (Ephesians 2:10 NEB)

God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other.
                                                                                                         (1 Peter 4:10 TLB) 

We are saved to serve. Use your talents and gifts to help other people.

  • Associate with godly dreamers

Hang out with people who are trying to discover God's dream for their lives . . . There’s no such thing as a neutral friend. They’re either pulling you toward God’s dream or they are pulling you away from it.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.                   (Proverbs 27:17 NLT)

 

Bad company corrupts good character.                    (1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV)

  • Make my dream public

Visualize the dream, then verbalize the dream.

·         It gets YOU STARTED

·         It attracts OTHER PEOPLE’S SUPPORT

·         It releases GOD’S POWER

The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24 NIV)
 

                                               Until next week...

Discussion Questions:
 

  1. What do you know of and believe to be God’s dream for your life? 
     
  2. To know God’s plans for us we must first know God.  What does the thought of getting to know God better look like for you? How does it make you feel?  Do you see it as a to-do item, boring, scary, or exciting?

To know God’s plans for us we must know how he has gifted us with unique talents, skills and abilities.  Co-workers, friends and family can help you see your skills, heart, abilities, passions and experience and how it comes together.