God didn’t create you to be a spectator, but a participator. You have been designed by God with talents, abilities, certain inclinations and personality traits that are the “core” of who you are. As strengthening your core muscles helps prevent injuries and empowers you to perform your best in the physical realm, so strengthening the “core” of who you are will improve your performance as you run the race He has set before you. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10. Are you currently doing those good things that he planned for you to do? Are you running your race or sitting in the spectator stands?
Many think that if God created me this way and God is sovereign, then whatever his will for my life is, will eventually just come to pass. After all, since God is sovereign, nothing can happen in my life unless He has “allowed” it and gave it “permission” to happen. This viewpoint is wrong and will lead to a passive, fatalistic attitude. If you let “fate” dictate the course of your life, you are going to make a lot of wrong decisions. You make decisions and decisions make you.
God’s will does not automatically come to pass in your life. You have a part to play in it. God’s grace, his unmerited empowering presence which enables you to be who He created you to be and accomplish what He created you to accomplish, does not just happen. It must be believed and received before it can fully come to pass. “For by grace you are saved, through faith” – Ephesians 2:9.
Faith is based on knowledge. Therefore, in regards to following God’s will for your life, it’s important to know what His will is. “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” – Ephesians 5:17. God wants you to know and follow His will until you fulfill His will.
Jesus said, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about. ..My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work” – John 4:32,34. When you know you are doing the will of God and fulfilling the things He created you to accomplish, you also will find a sense of fulfillment in life that nourishes and energizes you. Then you can run your race with endurance until you cross the finish line in victory!
“A true athlete will be disciplined in every respect, practicing constant self-control in order to win a laurel wreath that quickly withers. But we run our race to win a victor’s crown that will last forever.” – 1 Corinthians 9:25. - By David Cannon