“…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not (Romans 4.17 NIV).
I read a statistic once that Christians become like the person who first introduces them to Jesus. We inherit a copy of how we were first exposed to faith. The only problem with this is that Jesus wants to express Himself in us uniquely based on the design He envisioned for us personally.
God doesn’t want a copy. He wants obedience.
To break free from a certain mold that may limit the plans that God has for our lives, God will put us into situations that seem unusual or out of sink with our comfortable Christian culture. If we want to stay in obedience during these times, we will have to pour our faith into our new, unfamiliar circumstance.
Gaining new ground takes a new calling.
Of course, there are biblical truths that God will never compromise, but so much of what we see as faith is actually tradition. So much of our relationship with God is done in human-centered security and not God-centered obedience.
God moves in us to stretch and grow us.
To get us out of our mediocre religious ease, God will push us out of cookie-cutter molds. He will prune behaviors, thoughts and actions, forcing us to imagine beyond what we are used to. He will make the impossible, possible. He will call what does not exist into existence.
A closed door calls for an open mind.
When we finally do something new, it may become tempting to repeat what worked today, thereby making copies for tomorrow. But Jesus is always moving, reaching those who are lost and taking new ground for His Kingdom. He is limitless, and He’s continuously pouring our new wine of His revelation. We simply need to be empty vessels every day to catch what He’s doing now.
“Jesus said, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God'” (Luke 18.27 NIV).