"MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT"
RANDALL J. BREWER
You were born to be a blessing and, to help you fulfill this heavenly call, God will bless you so that you can be an even bigger blessing. Don't settle for a limited lifestyle especially since God wants to pour His goodness out on you. You can't give away what you don't have so be open to receive what God says is rightfully yours. Don't live your life based on how you think it should go but come up higher and think how God thinks. He said in Is. 55:9, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Live the rest of your life based on how God thinks. You were made to experience more of the goodness of God and He wants to take you higher and farther than you've ever been before. God wanted Abraham to become the father of a great nation but first he had to leave behind his family and those things that put a limit on his life. Abraham obeyed and not long after that God showed him the stars and said, "So shall your descendants be" (Gen. 15:5). Abraham took the limits off his life and so should you. This will happen when you renew your mind and think the thoughts of God.
There is a destiny inside of you that's waiting to be released. You've been called to do more with your life than you've already done. You were born to make your life count and, as long as there is breath inside of you, there will always be more for you to do. God wanted Abraham to do more with his life and Gen. 15:6 says, "And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness." Your faith has everything to do with you stepping into the call God has for your life, the call to have more and become more and to bless more. Jabez prayed, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory" (1 Chron. 4:10). To have more you've got to get rid of small thinking and of having a limited view of what God can do for you. Joshua and Caleb saw that the land of Canaan was a large, bountiful place but the rest of the people shrunk back and stayed small. Joshua and Caleb wanted more and believed they could overcome the giants in the land. The others were afraid to even try and wandered in the wilderness for forty years. Both reward and wisdom comes when you begin to think like God and use your faith to receive all He has for you.
Is. 54:2 says, "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes." Your limitations determine the size of your tent. To enlarge the place of your tent means you've got to think bigger than you've ever thought before. Your tent is not to stay the same size. You've got to expand your thinking about what God wants to do in your life and the role He will play in the fulfillment of your destiny. You've got to enlarge your capacity to receive what God wants to do in your life. Go beyond thinking about getting your own needs met and allow God to use you to meet the needs of other people. Expand your tent by knowing that God wants to bless you for the purpose of being a blessing to those around you. Spare not when it comes to showing the world how good your Daddy is. Prepare to receive more and prepare to give more. This is why you're here, this is why you were born. You were born to be blessed and you were born to be a blessing. This is the destiny you were called to fulfill.
David said in Ps. 23:5, "My cup runs over." This means he had more than enough. When Jesus fed the multitude there were twelve baskets left over. Likewise, they had more than enough. Don't pray to just get by, pray that you'll have more than enough so others can feed off of God's goodness toward you. Be willing to ask big, for those things God already said you could have. This is how you enlarge your tent and take the limits off what God can do for you. Ask Him for those abundant blessings that will propel you to your destiny and purpose. Ask Him to help you come up higher so that you "may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:17). God can make happen what you can't make happen on your own. Your future is already planned out and what you need to fulfill your destiny is waiting for you to come take possession of it. Ask God for big things and use your faith to believe He will direct your steps (Prov. 16:9). No longer are you to have a survival mentality but trust in God who is more than enough. Ask big and receive big. This is how God will enlarge your territory.
God created the entire universe so why would you go to Him asking for little things? A big God needs to be asked for big things. Some people think cancer is bigger than God so they don't ask Him to be instantly healed of this dreaded disease. At best they ask Him to help them endure the treatments they must go through. No, God is a God of more than enough and has the Name that is above every name, including cancer. Ask Him for big things. Believe He can heal all your sickness and disease and take away poverty and lack. Believe that He will cause you to break free from whatever is holding you back. When you enlarge your tents, your faith will rise to a higher level and your expectations will begin to increase. It's the releasing of your faith that gives God permission to do great things in your life. When the odds seem to be against you, always remember that God is on your side. Be like Jabez and pray bold prayers and expect big things to happen. God said in Ps. 2:8 (NLT), "Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possessions." What could be bigger than that?
Don't limit God by asking Him for only five loaves of bread and two fish (Matt. 14:19). No, ask Him for the twelve baskets that were left over (vs. 20). Ask big and receive big. Don't be shy and don't hold back. Come up higher and ask God for what you really want. Always remember that with Him the sky is the limit. You won't offend your Daddy if you ask for big things. He'll be honored that you believed He's big enough to give it to you. If you will do your part and enlarge your tent, God will step in and move heaven and earth to get for you that which you asked for. That's the kind of Daddy He is. Jesus said in Luke 12:32 that "it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." He'll give you the kingdom and everything else you ask for. He wants you to be blessed beyond measure and He wants you to fulfill your destiny. That's what He planned for your life long ago so don't disappoint Him. Rise up and ask Him for big things. Nothing will make Him happier than for you to step up and become the person He created you to be and to do what He called you to do.
Gal. 5:13 (MSG) says, "It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows." God wants to use you as a channel through which His blessings flow into the lives of other people. For this reason, He has set you free from all the consequences of sin that is in the world. He didn't heal your sore back so you could play golf without pain. No, He did it so you could be physically ready and able to do what He has called you to do. Financial blessings are not so you can indulge yourself in worldly pleasures, they come so you won't have to work yourself into an early grave plus have enough resources to help others if and when the need arises. God wants to bless you so you can be a blessing to others. When this becomes your motive as well, your tents will be enlarged and so will be your bank account. There will be no limit as to how much God will bless your life.
Time is quickly passing by so daily look for opportunities to be a blessing to somebody. Surely they are there. Seek for them and you will find them. Believe God and ask Him to make you more beneficial to those around you, to help you pour into others what He has poured into you. Choose to make decisions that will put you in a position to do this. Decide to put the needs of others above your own knowing that what you make happen for others, God will make happen for you. Don't be like those people who only live for themselves, those who believe that the person who dies with the most toys wins. This is foolishness to the highest degree. 1 Cor. 15:19 (NLT) says, "And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world." Life only has meaning when you are used by God to help make somebody else's life better. The joy of getting a new toy lasts but a moment but the excitement of blessing another person will give you a joyous memory that will last a lifetime. In fact, it will bless you so much that you'll want to do it again and again.
Jesus spoke about this in John 12:25,26, "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor." There are not enough pleasures in this world to give your life purpose, meaning, and satisfaction. You are a spiritual being created in the image of God and true meaning in life comes from the inside of you. The more you grow in Christ and get used by Him, the less you'll desire the lustful pleasures of this world. Live with the awareness that there is a better life to live than what the world offers. Come up higher and step into the plan God has for your life. Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:10, "But by the grace of God I am what I am." Having grace does not mean you can do whatever you want to do, it's the empowerment to continually go in the right direction. With grace you can do what He tells you to do and go where He tells you to go. It will cause you to raise your hand and say, "Here I am ! Send me" (Is. 6:8). People who do this are the ones blessed by God.
Being a servant of the Lord is not without its rewards. God said in Joel 2:26, "You shall eat plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame." This is what happens when you fulfill the purpose for which God made you. Sad to say, most people don't know what their purpose is. A nationwide survey was taken where people were asked if they could ask God one question, what would it be? The answer most people gave was, "Why am I here?" People don't know why they're here and instead of trying to find out they take on the attitude of "whatever will be, will be." They just take whatever life throws at them instead of taking charge of their destiny and finding out what God wants them to do. These are the people who leave this planet and have nothing to show for their lives. Not long after they're gone the world will forget they were even here. It is a sad commentary for a person to get to the end of their life and find out they lived it in vain, a life lived with no meaning and no purpose.
A lot of believers don't realize this but there are two narrow roads mentioned in the Bible. Most people are familiar with the one Jesus talked about in Matt. 7:13,14, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in to it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Those who not saved are on this broad path and Jesus is telling them to get born-again and take the narrow road. Why did He say there are few who take this path? Because difficult is the way which leads to life. Most people take the easy way out but if you are born again then you have chosen this difficult path and the Lord will honor you for doing so. As a believer you have chosen to travel on this narrow path and as you journey down the road of life you will look ahead and see another narrow path looming in front of you. This path is described in Matt. 20:16, "So the last shall be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."
The first narrow path was called "the road to eternal life" and this second narrow path is called "the road of the chosen few" which is the road of fulfilling your God-given destiny. Notice that both these paths are narrow and both are difficult and, yes, there are few who find each path. They say that ten percent of all believers do ninety percent of the work. Unfortunately, this is a true statement but the time will soon be here when each and every child of God will proudly stand before the Lord Jesus and receive eternal rewards for works of service done here on planet earth. For sure, the rewards in heaven will be great but you do the things you do because of the deep love you have for your Daddy. As one of the chosen few you want to make a difference in this sinful world and this is why you pray every day that the Lord will expand your territory and enlarge your tents, thus giving you the opportunity to do so. This gives you a reason to live, a reason to get up each and every morning.
2 Tim. 1:9 says God "has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began." The call on your life is a holy call. It is divine in nature and divine in purpose and should be taken very seriously. The dream that is down in your heart is not something you came up with on your own but was put there by God Himself. Remember, you don't decide your calling, you discover it. God sees what is special about you. He sees your potential and what you're capable of doing. He don't see where you're at today, He always sees what you can become. He called Abraham the father of many nations when the patriarch was an old man and childless. He also called David a king when he was still a lad tending to his father's sheep out in some field. God is also calling you and to become all you were meant to be, to be promoted from a nobody to a somebody, you must listen to God and discover the divine calling on your life.
Get alone with your heavenly Father and He will reveal to you specifically that work He wants you to perform. You have a destiny, you were born for such a time as this, and you know true success is not how high you climb the corporate ladder but only comes when you fulfill the purpose for which God made you. Celebrate the fact that God made you unique and different from anybody else who has ever been born. There is no other person alive quite like you. In the eyes of God you are special. You are truly one of a kind and this means that there are certain things you can do for the kingdom of God that nobody else can do. Even in your mother's womb you were given special talents and abilities by God that only a person with your personality can develop and perform to the degree God wants them done. Paul encouraged Timothy to "not neglect the gift that is in you" (1 Tim. 4:14). Develop your gift and the skills that go with it and then turn yourself over to God to be used by Him to fulfill His purpose on planet earth.
A lifestyle of reaching out to others will come as a result of your willingness to be used by God. Prov. 3:27 says, "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it." Everything God has made is a solution to a problem and your worth and significance is determined by the kinds of problems you are solving for someone. There is something in you and about you that someone else needs. Realize that you may be God's answer to somebody's prayer. Daily be diligent and look for problems to solve. Think and look for extra ways to benefit others. Go the extra mile. Jesus said, "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two" (Matt. 5:41). Believe that God will cause you to cross paths with someone in need. When that happens do whatever it takes to get that person on the straight and narrow path to victory. It is only when you turn your eyes off of yourself and begin to focus on others that you will be able to experience the true, genuine God-given joy that being a blessing to other people brings.
People everywhere are craving for a reason to live and this is why God wants to give you a future and a hope.
God has a specific plan for your life that is consistent with your talents and God-given desires. A lot of people, however, don't understand how to get their assignment from God. They think all believers line up in front of the throne of God and He passes out lifetime callings and assignments to each person as He pleases. People believe that God decides what you're supposed to do and it's their responsibility to adapt to those plans whether they like it or not. Thankfully, this is not how heavenly callings are bestowed on committed servants. God's will and your desire work hand-in-hand. What you enjoy doing the most is a clue to what God wants you to do with your life. God wants you happy and whatever brings you the most fulfillment can be used for the kingdom of God. Eccl. 3:22 says, "Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage."
The last days are here and laborers are needed in the kingdom of God like never before. Laboring for God is not a burden as some would think. Yes, you do enter into a war zone but at the same time it will be the most joyful thing you do with your life. Eccl. 5:20 gives you the assurance that "God keeps every man busy with the joy of his heart." God will use you in whatever area brings you the most joy. Take your gifts, talents, and desires and place them in the hands of God to be used according to His perfect will. There is power in desire and this is why God will give you the desires of your heart. If you don't want to go to Africa to be a jungle missionary then that is a sign that God probably doesn't want you to go to Africa. If you instead have a heart for children He will then bless you and give you the anointing to be a children's minister. So many people sit around and do nothing as they wait for God to tell them what to do. This is not how it works. Instead, they should look within their own heart and see what their desires are. This is what will give them direction for their life.
It is God's will that there should be nobody working for Him who doesn't want to do what they're doing. If you're not having fun what you're doing, you are in the wrong call. Why? Because there is power in desire. Desire breeds excitement and excitement produces energy. Your desire will stir up your passion and the anointing to fulfill your call.The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Many are called but few are chosen because people lack desire. If you want to serve God then you're on your way to an exciting life. Know what your desires are and dream about them all the time. God will give you the desires of your heart but you must know what those desires are. And don't forget, the call of God and your desires go hand-in-hand.Eccl. 9:1 says, "For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God." When you go to work for God don't go at it half-heartedly. In the kingdom of God being a servant is a promotion and you must give it everything you've got and then some.
Paul says in Rom. 12:11 to be "not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." To be "fervent in spirit" means to be aglow and burning with the Spirit of God in your heart. You are to maintain that spiritual glow in your work for the Lord and have the attitude that "whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might" (Eccl. 9:10). Paul says, "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14). If you will do that then you are promised in Rom. 8:28 a victorious life, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." When you give your all to God, God will give His all to you. Paul said to "press toward the goal." Your vision and it's fulfillment won't just come running up to you and jump in your lap. No, you've got to go after it. Press on toward your call and run to it the same way David ran toward the giant. Dispel all gloom, sorrow and fear and cast down evil imaginations. Infuse life into yourself and shout unto God with a voice of triumph.
In the book of Job you will read that he was a very blessed man. He then entered a season of his life where he lost everything he had. He suffered hardship after devastating hardship and then afterward he miraculously experienced a turnaround. His life was going in one direction and then the path he was on shifted and he began going in another direction. Eventually he received twice as much as he had before and Job 42:12 says, "God blessed the latter days of Job more than at the beginning." Job died old and full of days and this all came about because the "Lord of the breakthrough" gave him a turnaround. What is a turnaround? Ps. 30:5 says, "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning." That's a turnaround. God will give you beauty for ashes. The father of the prodigal son said, "for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found." That is what it means to have a turnaround. It's a condition of the heart and our circumstances have absolutely nothing to do with it.
Life is not always peaches and cream but you can still cling to your call and do what the Lord has anointed you to do. Remember, change comes from the inside out. When you change on the inside, God steps in and will change your circumstances on the outside. This is the key to having a turnaround in your life. Job 42:12 did not say Job blessed himself. No, Job changed his attitude and God blessed him. Job had a turnaround and his life got twice as good as it was before. It's time for everybody in the kingdom of God to wake up and smell the roses. Yes, all roses have thorns but so what? Winners focus on the beauty of the flower whereas losers focus on the thorns. You need to look at life from God's perspective. The Bible says in Prov. 23:7, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Get up every morning and picture yourself succeeding in everything you set out to do. If you'll keep the right image in front of you, and always submit yourself to the Lord through prayer and thanksgiving, God promises that nothing will be impossible to you.
Sometimes the circumstances of life can make you feel like you're in a dead-end situation but keep going forward anyway and never give up. What may look like a dead-end situation may in reality be the beginning of a fresh, supernatural flow of God's divine power and favor into your life. This is why you need to learn to not trust in yourself but in the God who raises the dead. Think about it. When your hopes seem buried and you've got no where to turn, isn't that when God's power begins to operate in your life to the greatest measure? As long as you've got a loving Father you can call on, a word from the Lord to stand on, and faith to activate all His promises, you have got reason to rejoice. You can have a turnaround that will give you a gloriously bright future. Call on your Heavenly Father today and do it in faith. Expect Him to release His power on your behalf and watch Him begin to turn your dead-end situation around. Know that God did not take you this far to leave you stranded. What He started, He is going to finish (Phil. 1:6).
Helen Keller said the one thing worse than being blind was having no vision. Those who are successful in life are motivated by vision. It is imperative for you to understand that you can spend your life any way you want to but you can only spend it once. Too many people walk away from the call of God on their life and end up settling for too little too soon. They take the path of least resistance and don't realize that it's not what happens to them that matters, it's how they respond to what happens that really matters. It is Satan's plan that you be defeated but you have God's personal guarantee that you will win through Him. You draw your life and strength from Him and He draws His fulfillment from you. It's true, you only live once but if you do it right once is enough. In order to fulfill the call of God on your life you must rise up above the tests and trials that come your way. As long as you live you will never outgrow fighting the enemy so you better learn to lean on Jesus and fight the good fight of faith.
The enemy's goal is to frustrate God's purpose in your life because you can't be a blessing to others if you're bogged down with your own problems. You are the subject of this warfare because the enemy knows you're only as big as your dreams or as small as your fears. The choice is yours as to whether or not you will stand your ground in the face of adversity. To go forward and fulfill your holy calling you must face your giant, cut his stupid head off, and then go forward and be a blessing to somebody else. This is what the Christian life is all about. The result of doing this on a daily basis is a blessed life. No, it's not about how much money you have or how many toys you accumulate. It's about making your life count. It's about making a positive difference in the lives of other people. Life is what you make it and in order for it to count you must step forward and be all that you can be. You can't let trials and hardship stop you and get you down. You must be bigger than that! Take your mind off your problems and look at the big picture.
God is a big God and He's still in control. In a million years your problems won't mean a thing but, rest assured, God will still be on the throne. Don't give your problems credit for being bigger than they are. There is no problem too big or dream too great to stop you from fulfilling your destiny. God is not limited by your age or income or background. He is all powerful and when He speaks stars get flung into the outer darkness and worlds come into existence. He would not have given you your call if He was not willing to bring it to pass. God is bigger than your problems and so are you. Come up higher and cast all your cares on Jesus. Instead of focusing on all your problems go and do something nice for somebody else. Make their lives better just by them being around you but for a few moments. Their victory will be your victory. Their joy will be your joy. So press on. Look beyond yourself and be a blessing to others. Let your light shine. Make your life count. Make a difference in the life of someone else. You only live once but, if you do it right, once is enough.