Life At Its Best: God's love is all encompassing
God's love has many aspects. It's nurturing and forgiving, but it's also strong, calling us to a higher standard because it knows we're capable of more.
The longer I've walked with Christ, the more I've experienced the power of His multi-dimensional love. One of the dimensions I'm most grateful for is His love's ability to exalt us to new and better places.
As a kid, I knew I had a passion to help people succeed, but I wasn't sure how that would play out once I got older. I thought I'd be a coach who helped kids develop their gifts or a politician who created new opportunities for others to succeed. Obviously, God had a different plan.
In college, I discovered He was calling me to be a pastor, which if I'm honest, wasn't on my top list of options. I didn't know how to preach.
And I definitely didn't know how to pastor a church. I realized that I couldn't do what He was calling me to on my own. I also realized that was likely why He was calling me to do it.
You see, God's plan isn't meant to stay in the confines of our abilities. Fulfilling His plan doesn't hinge on whether or not we are capable; it hinges on whether or not we allow Him to work through us.
After 25 years of pastoring, I'm glad I learned to rely on His strength over my own. His love has lifted me to heights I could've ever reached without Him. And guess what? He wants to do the same for you.
Living in the power of God's exalting love requires a couple of things from us. First, it requires us to recognize our own vulnerability. This can be tough to accept in a society that leads us to believe that working longer and harder is the key to success.
The truth is that while discipline is necessary for us to reach new heights, even our greatest abilities aren't enough to lift us to the great heights God knows we can reach. It's only when we become completely vulnerable before Him that His power can truly take over.
Another key to operating in the power of God's love is to connect to the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5 says, "God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
The wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit are far beyond our own. He can empower us to accomplish things we never thought we could, but He won't force His way into our lives. It's our job to tap into Him. As we spend time every day praying and seeking His guidance, He will reveal truths that will help us to rise to new heights.
Do you feel stuck? Strive to live every day vulnerable before God. Tap into the power He's given you through the Holy Spirit. As you develop these habits, you'll begin reaching heights you never dreamed were possible.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.