Has God Planned BIG Things For Our Lives?

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By Biblicism Institute

Many Christians love to say that they expect God to do BIG things in their lives.

What is a BIG thing?

God creates AdamHopefully that BIG thing they talk about is considered with all humility. Even God’s tiniest and smallest creations are BIG. Take the elementary particle and the ant, for example.

The elementary or fundamental particle is so small that not even scientists can figure out if it is composed of other particles. Yet the building block of natural life revolves around this bad boy.

The ant is so small that all of us find it a nuisance to be swept away with a blast of bug spray. And yet God singled it out because it is a hard worker that gathers and saves.

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” Proverbs 6:6

Even God’s most miniscule creations are BIG. They may not be noticeable or they may be a nuisance, but in the giant cog of life they all matter.

However, we suspect that when most Christians talk about God doing BIG things in their lives, they’re really talking about vain expectations like fame, popularity, riches, glory, etc. Such frame of mind is aggravated, even spurred on, by “prosperity preachers,” who are really out to prosper themselves by stealing the flock’s money through their money drive and their unbiblical teaching of church tithe.

“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 5:10

Some of those infected with this “BIG” mindset want to become millionaires, even billionaires or trillionaires, by creating their own national corporations or international conglomerates. Others want to be on TV because they say they want to reach millions of souls for Christ, when in fact they are seduced by fame and adulation. Still, others hope to sign book/movie/record deals and live the high life they think they deserve. And the list of this vanity goes on and on.

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Matthew 16: 26

It may be that some of you will only get to own a small business, reach 1 or 10 or 20 or 100 souls for Christ, write just a simple blog, produce a free video for web consumption, or sing in a small assembly.

What’s wrong with that kind of scope? Nothing.

If you make it BIG and manage to keep the vanity out of your hearts, then there’s nothing wrong with that either. Whether one or the other they’re both BIG. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Here are some thoughts and verses for those who are caught in the grip of this “BIG” vanity.

1. No work is shameful

Life is a winding road, and navigating it prosperously is not meant to be easy. That’s why no success comes overnight and nor does it ever materialize on a straight line, which means you might have to do a lot of things you don’t like first before maybe do what you like.

Mike Rowe said it best, “Dream jobs are usually just that – dreams. But their imaginary existence just might keep you from exploring careers that offer a legitimate chance to perform meaningful work.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” Proverbs 6:6

2. Be content

Whether financially or relationally be content of your situation, and always live within your means. Grumbling and complaining indubitably create conflicts and engender more headaches than you can anticipate.

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 11-13

3. Don’t be seduced by the world

Work hard and provide for your family, but do not let the accumulation of useless things you deem needful take hold of you.

“For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16

The simpler the life, the better.

“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.” Proverbs 13:7

4. Understand your role in life and appreciate your limitation

When thoughts of grandeur begin to fill your head because of what others have that you don’t, cogitate on John the Baptist who appreciated his limitation and did not covet Jesus’s glory. John Chapter 3:

26 And they came to John and said to him, “Teacher, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.”

27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’

29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Therefore, don’t be envious of others nor strive to walk their path. Instead, rejoice in their success.

“Envy makes the bones rot.” Proverbs 14:30

You are unique, and God has prepared a unique path for you. Find out what it is and stick to its limitation.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:11

5. Keep your plan in perspective

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” Hebrews 11:13

That verse does not imply that your plan won’t happen in your lifetime, and it does not mean it will either. It may also mean that your children will carry it through.

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?‘” 2 Samuel 7:1

David’s son Jesus is the One who built the Temple. And the Temple Jesus built is a totally different temple than what David had in mind. Still, it is a Temple.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16

Your plan is between you and God, and only God can impart to you whether it will come true in your lifetime or not. Many times God has to perform a Heart Adjustment before fulfilling it.

Conclusion

What many of you are currently doing may not be glamorous or even noticeable. But is it important?

Yes, it is.

Don’t ever let anyone bring you down because of what you do, or what you were supposed to be doing. The most important and valuable thing is that you are a child of the King of Kings.

That’s the only BIG thing that matters.

Everything else is vanity.

“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2

Therefore, be wise.

“Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and turmoil with it.” Proverbs 15:16

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3 thoughts on “Has God Planned BIG Things For Our Lives?

  1. This site could be the best one for Christians and non-Christians alike. Its amazing how the Ashkenazi Jews pulled everything off…Thanks for making me realize that this world is nothing but Satanic and thank God for Jesus

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  2. Thank you. You are constantly bombarded with “do big things for God”. Its hard to just go about your life. This is a good reminder Jesus wants faithfulness.

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