The Bible says our dreams, hopes and potentials are God-given treasures:
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Cor. 4:7).
God is saying to us that He put the treasure of dreams, hopes, vision and a potential for success in each one of us. When we realize this, we should say, “This dream is not from me. This hope is something God placed in my heart.” And yet, literally billions of people have died with their dreams, hopes and potential to succeed still in them, entombed beneath the sod, never released. Are we going to add to the wealth in the cemetery by not using the God-given treasure in us?
I want to challenge you to decide what you’re going to do with that treasure.
Success is God-Given
The God-given treasure inside of you is not just hopes, dreams and potentials, but it is also, if not more important, God’s image. It is God’s image in us that ensures the success He intends for us as we do His will.
God’s Pathway to Success
Not only did God place us in His image of what we should be; He also gave us a pathway to find and become His image of success:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
Not only did God design us beforehand to be His masterpiece, but He also laid out a pathway that we should walk in. God’s pathway for our success has already been laid out because when God creates anything, He always begins with the end result or product in mind — His image of our successful lives.
God’s Design and Purpose
We get to put our lives together His way so that we can become the people He created us to be. The fact that you are alive means that God has designed you with an intent and purpose.
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. And before you were born, I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jer. 1:5).
The fact that you are alive means you’re very special to God. God has placed in you that treasure in earthen vessels and He has a purpose for your life.
Diamond in a Paper Bag
One thing we must be careful of is evaluating our worth by the packaging r the circumstances surrounding our lives. God doesn’t. Regardless of the surroundings, circumstances or packaging of your life at this moment, the treasure is still in side of you!
Man often looks on the outward appearance of things and sees the crumpled paper bag of discouraging circumstances and past failures. But the Bible says God looks upon the inner reality and is able to see the diamond in the paper bag, just as He sees the treasure in your earthen vessel. God created you in His image and deposited a treasure in you.
Your Treasure Hunt
That is what Easter is all about. Jesus is alive today to help you and me. We can walk into the fullness of His light so that we can see the pathway to the treasure we are hunting for and so we can assemble our lives according to the image and design of intended.
You cannot go around the process or take shortcuts along the pathway of your treasure hunt for God’s image of success in you. You cannot compromise the process or rationalize it. You must go through each step of the process to bring to pass the invisible image designed on your soul by Jesus.
Only One Way — Jesus
The Bible says the Lord is the Author and He is the Finisher. He designs your pathways, walks you through the process and brings to pass your success as you walk with Him. But you must walk with Jesus in His way!
What happens is that we go astray and separate our way for Him way. The Bible calls that separation sin. Sin takes us off His pathway and out of His finishing process. And because of this, we will never see the gift He deposited in us realized or successfully developed. When I am away from God, I cannot obey God. I need to be under His covering. God’s treasure, design and process do not even compute when I am out of God’s pathway because I am separated from Him.
Plans for a Hope and a Future
From the turning point called repentance, the Lord takes us in His embrace and walks us through the process of becoming what He designed us to be. Even if we have messed up our lives, the Bible says He still has plans for our future:
“ ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’” (Jer. 29:11).
This is what Easter is all about — Jesus Christ overcame death and the separation between man and God; He gave us a way back home to His embrace.
The above article by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro is a repost from the Mentoring Leaders storehouse.
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