Thursday, January 02, 2014

Are You Trying to Fit or Be Fit?

This new year is so fresh and promising. It’s a good time to think about priorities and purpose. The slate is clean in a way, so there’s room for expansion, improvement and rearranging of the things we thought were so important in 2013. If you’ve been looking for something now is the time to put God in on those ideas. In fact, you may have been trying to get God to agree with your ideas. It’s a great time to drop all your good ideas at His feet and see if He wants to do something different, and thus better with your life.

I have a friend who’s been looking for a small wheel to put on the front of a little cart. She has looked and look but can’t find the right size. I spied a pair of wheels at a thrift shop the other day and thought surely they were small enough to fit. But after sending her the picture, she gave me the size and even though these were quite small, they were still too large for the job.

She’s been looking a long time. I guess she could just go ahead and put a different size wheel on it. But it would never be right. She could make it work in a way, but she’d always know it was not going to do what it was intended to do.

We’re all looking for the right fit. Either in spouses, jobs, marriages, ministry or friendships. We want to know we’re fulfilling some purpose with our lives. We also want intimacy. That closeness that lets us be free to discuss our problems, air our dirty laundry and seek for assistance. Intimacy doesn’t go tell tales. It holds onto those things spoken and the farthest they go is to the throne of grace. People live their entire lives doing a job that doesn’t fit them. Sometimes it’s for money, other times for prestige. 

Occasionally they are just put there because someone wanted them there, even though the fit is terrible. When things don’t fit right, eventually it will show up. I’m married to a biker so I know first hand that things must go together just right. He doesn’t make it up as he goes. He consults the service manual and always makes sure the parts and tires and accessories are made for the bike he has. He doesn’t take that bike and try to turn it into something it’s not.

Most struggles with position, authority, fulfillment, success, and fitting into the right place in this world comes from trying to do things our way and asking God to put His seal of approval on our decisions. My friend has decided to wait until she finds the right wheel. She’s not going to settle for something less than a perfect fit. We don’t have to settle for our own way either.

Today is a good day to start letting God call your shots, fulfill your calling. He will put you in the right place and make the right fit if you will trust Him. Trust often involves a shake up. Trust lets God remove what isn’t the right fit. Trust also requires patience, for you must be willing to wait on God to set things right. You may have always known God wanted to use you but you’ve been riding around on a bad fit. It’s been rocky, jumpy and unfulfilled. Now’s as good a time as any to repent of doing your own thing, even if it’s good, and watch as He gives you the best instead.

Oh beloved, you can trust the Lord to make things right for you. It’s wonderful when God is working in your life. He will give you more than just a good fit. With God, you will have the purpose, peace, patience and intimacy you’ve been looking for. With God you will know you are where you should be. With God fitting you where you should be, where you were destined to be, others will be blessed as well. He knows your problems and your needs. He is more than able to put you where He wants you spiritually and to supply the physical needs to keep you there. He also knows all about the things that concern you. He’s well aware that you’ve been rejected, walked away from, and had the rug pulled out from under you. But beloved, you are still alive and that’s because Christ has made a way for your landing to be right into His arms. God’s promises are like the service manual for a motorcycle – each promise gives you detailed instructions on how to live, how to thrive and how to remain faithful to Him through it all.

God loves you and He’s for you, so you can trust Him, no matter what, to make your life fit His plans and thus be blessed beyond measure all the days of your life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.

I Thessalonians 4:1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

2 Corinthians 5:15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

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