Friday, April 22, 2011

What's Next Papa?

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him! Romans 8: 15-17 The Message Bible

Have you ever just turned to God and just said “What’s next?” If you did it was probably because things were going wrong and you were not looking forward to knowing what the next thing was going to be. But as His children we really should look forward to what’s next. Because He really is a Good God, I know that I have a tendency to sometimes wonder about how this or that could really be that good. But then I am reminded that I am His kid and He loves to give me good gifts.

We do have an incredible inheritance and if we are going through hard times then we can expect and believe for the great times to come. It’s great to be able to live with the abandonment that we can do or go anywhere if Papa tells us that that is the next thing. I have tried to grow in the Lord so that I can have and release Joy and the Kingdom no matter what the circumstances are that I am going through. We have to choose to live in adventure, waiting with anticipation to hear Papa tell us what’s next. I know that is where I am right now. There is so much out there and so much to see and do. There are ministry opportunities and also family to see and to love.

In many ways I know that I am ending the season of transition and entering a time of new beginnings. The thing about new beginnings is that even though they are new and exciting, they really come because of past successes. The neat thing about being an heir in Christ is that it’s not our successes we are building on, it’s his. We build on His success, how cool is that.

We watched “The Book of Eli” tonight and in many ways it was a place of new beginnings that he was searching for. It is amazing to see the difference in those who want the word as a book to use as a control for others and those who eat the word and have it inside them until they become the book. That’s what happened to Eli. He became the book. He knew that for his worked to really have new beginnings, he would have to become the word, walk in faith and follow the path that he had been chosen to walk.

So here’s the deal. Our life is an adventure. We have the His Spirit inside us helping us to decide every step. But it’s not about deciding, it’s about doing. We have to push outside our comfort zone and press into the next level. In order to do this, we have to always be willing to ask the question “What’s next Papa?” If we ask, he will be faithful to answer. I’m excited about what’s next. I’ve seen a glimpse and it is good; just like Him.

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