This coming year, let’s raise our walk with God to Biblical proportions!
Here’s what I mean by that. Instead of doing only things to better ourselves, let’s elevate our spiritual game by embracing the chance to make a difference for God’s Kingdom.
For instance, let’s emulate shepherd boy David, who after being told he would be Israel’s next king was chased around the desert for 17 years by the current king Saul. He held on to God’s promise of God to Biblical proportions when in the middle of that agonizing waiting, he wrote: “O God… my heart is steadfast; I will praise you, Lord… for great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 57:7-11 NIV
When the father of a demon-possessed son challenged Jesus, “If you can do anything, help us.” Jesus responded “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:23,24 NIV Here’s a man with limited faith, stepping up to ask for faith of Biblical proportions!
Gideon, called by God to save his people from the Midianites needed his faulty confidence in God corrected. Though vastly outnumbered 400 to 1, he went from a “Who, me?” response to encouraging his merry band of 300 men “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.” Judges 7:15 NIV That’s confidence of Biblical proportions!
When God calls Abram (Genesis 12) to leave the only life and place he’s ever known and set off to reach a place he’s never heard of … he’s given no directions – just God’s voice. And Abram (soon to be renamed Abraham) takes obedience to Biblical proportions as he lays down his old life and sets out for his new one!
Job trusted God but was stripped of his family, fortune and reputation. As he grieves over his loses, even his wife tells him to give up. His trust in God is stretched thin until it rebounds in Biblical proportions and we read in Job 42:12 (NIV) “So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning.”
God is looking for more from those of us who populate and spread his Kingdom. He wants our perseverance, faith, confidence, obedience and trust to grow to Biblical proportion! That’s a worthy goal for all of us.