Why pay for the work that Jesus already paid for? This is the thought that popped into my mind yesterday evening, while browsing my inbox. As many of you know, I have begun to pursue my writing career wholeheartedly this year. Writing is one of my favorite activities and it is the thing I find myself doing most often.
Over the holidays I used my vacation time to explore various writing opportunities, newsletters, networking groups and pretty much anything that I thought could assist me in developing my writing career. Like a kid in a candy store, I subscribed, “liked”, joined and followed almost everything that looked SWEET and opportune! If it seemed like something that was going to be advantageous, I took advantage of it. In all of my clicking, what I failed to consider was how full my inbox would become! I suppose that everyone has returned from their holiday break because my inbox is FULL of solicitations and offers to do this and that! It’s obvious that I may have gone a little “click-crazy” with my mouse over the holidays. :-/
You see, somehow in the midst of my excitement and enthusiasm about writing, I began to think that I needed to pave the way for my writing career. I began to think things like “if I don’t join this ‘XYZ’ LinkedIn Group, I’ll probably miss out on great writing opportunities” and “I better subscribe to these newsletters because this is what all beginning writers need to do.” I began doing all of this planning on how to build a credible writing career that I forgot to remind myself of who started this whole thing anyway. It wasn’t me who put the passion and gifts of writing and creativity inside of me–it was God. And, if my memory serves me right, God gave us a son on Calvary who died so that we would never ever have to bear the burden of planning our future. Clearly I forgot that my favorite scripture says “For I know the plans I have for you…” (Jeremiah 29:11).
In the midst of pursuing our goals and dreams, we all have a tendency to get caught up in the words that society weaves into our minds regarding life and success. Society tells us things like “outwork your opponent or they’ll outwork you” or “networking is KING” or “you always have to start from the bottom so expect to begin small.” While there is some truth to each of these things, the overarching truths are: 1-Nothing can outwork the favor and power of God; 2-God is King over all things in heaven and earth; and 3-With God, you are always on top because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world!
No matter what you aspire to do and who you desire to be, God has already paved your way.
He has paved the road to your dreams with favor, peace, abundance, and love— the only thing you need to do is walk in it. Yes, He still wants you to be proactive (faith + works) and take advantage of opportunities, but He never wants you to feel overwhelmed, burdened or stressed out by those things. He said His plans are for good and not to harm (Jer. 29:11). When we become overly-consumed with creating our success, we miss out on creating a rich and fulfilling life with God. We miss out on the opportunity to hear from him and speak to Him regarding the desires of our heart.
Yes, it is great to be a “go-getter” but always remember, that the favor and opportunity you seek from man, has already been paid for by God. Why pay for the work that Jesus already paid for? You have a lifelong line of credit that will never run out. You don’t need to pave the way to your dreams. Jesus already paid the price, and the road to your destiny has been paved with victory!
Enjoy the credit!