If you had asked me ten years ago what I would be doing today, church planter would not be in the top twenty answers. Honestly, I thought that I would be in IT working for a good company or a government contractor. It’s not exactly glamorous but it pays the bills, right?
Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” This verse is true in my life. God changed my desires. God changed my plans. God changed me.
In 2006, I knew that God had placed a calling on my life to go into pastoral ministry. Fine. I did not think much about it. I put it on the back burner. Being a pastor could wait. The IT route was for me. The pastor thing could happen later after I worked for a good company, made some good money, and had a really nice 401K. The company that I worked for at that time had told me that they would even pay for me to learn IT as long as I worked for them when I graduated. This is a win/win deal…or so I thought.
Transcripts were sent out, financial aid was applied for, paperwork filed and I was shut down. Just like that. Door closed. I tried three different schools for IT and each door was closed.
About this time, I also found out that the company had too much money tied into a project. So, last person hired, first person gone. Not knowing what was about to happen, I had a little conversation with God.
I prayed for what seemed like weeks.
God never changed his calling on my life. He changed my heart to go with my calling.
I asked God what He wanted for me. I knew what I had to do. I applied to a seminary to finish my bachelor’s degree. The process of registering, buying books, and applying for financial aid started again. Except this time, everything went through without a hitch. The next five semesters were spent learning and training. I was being prepared for where God was taking me. I noticed that my passion and desire was changing. I was no longer concerned with being in IT. All of a sudden, I am looking at the future and the kind of people that I might pastor.
I have always liked reading but when the calling of being a pastor was actually cemented into my being, God gave me a greater appetite for reading.
God gave me a desire to preach, a stronger want to see lost people saved, to see the need for discipleship, and an increased passion to live out the Scripture.
God’s dream for you might not be your dream for you. God’s dream is better than yours. Step out in faith. Follow God with reckless abandon. Be unapologetic about your love for the Savior.
God is the Potter and we are the clay. God is in the process of molding, shaping, forming us into the image of Christ. That is a process. It is not easy or comfortable. There will be pain involved. There may even be tears involved. However, we will be better for it because what God wants us to be is far better than what we are now.
What is God birthing in you?
How does God have to change you for that to be accomplished?