Do you like to be in charge?
So do I.
Which means I grab a plan and go do it, ignoring what God wants.
And that results in not-so-good outcomes.
So I decided that one of my themes in 2016 is to put God in charge of my work. That way, as this Proverb promises, what [I]’ve planned will take place.
I’m putting God in charge of my work in 2016 by asking these 3 questions:
God, What Do You Want?
Sounds basic, right? Put God in charge of planning.
And yet how many times do you charge off in a direction, get sideways, and then remember, “Oh yeah, I forgot to ask God, ‘What do you want me to do?’”
It’s more idolatry for me: “Don’t worry, God. I got this.”
When my plans work out well, it’s because I asked the Creator of the cosmos, “So I think you gave me this idea. What do you want me to do with it?”
Sometimes the response is, “Here’s what I want you to do…” Other times it’s, “Give that idea to (insert name here).” And then more often than I care to admit, God says, “I didn’t give you that idea. Must be yours.”
Here’s the challenge: God can do anything; far more than I can imagine, guess or request in my wildest dreams (Eph. 3:20, MSG). Sometimes I mistake myself for a god, believing I’m in charge in planning.
The first way to work for God in 2016 is to put God in charge of planning.
God, How Do You Want This Done?
Once you focus on God’s plan, there’s the second matter of execution.
My challenge here is remembering that God’s ways are higher than mine. For some sinful reason, I think that since I received God’s plan, I can now just go do it while singing my favorite refrain of I did it my way.
Throughout Scripture, you read of David, Isaiah, and other godly pilgrims—even Jesus—saying something like, “Show me where to put my right foot and my left foot” or “Not my will, but your will be done.”
There’s a way to do the plan you receive for working for God, action steps that are consistent with and a part of the plan. Being open to the Spirit’s guidance in implementation is just as critical as receiving God’s plan. Doing it God’s way manages the chaos of the unseen delays and challenges.
For the plan to take place as promised in this Proverb, it must be done God’s way.
The second way to work for God in 2016 is to put God in charge of execution.
God, Who Gets the Credit?
So God’s plan delivers at work for you. Now what? Who gets the credit?
When you’re chatting with your team about it, do most of your sentences start with “I?”
That’s easy for me to do, too.
Regardless of how you spin it, if it was God’s plan and action steps that delivered, who gets the credit?
Talk with humility about God’s leadership. Give credit where credit is due.
Highlight the contributions of the team—their dedication to the plan, willingness to follow, openness to work hard and achieve.
Then lastly talk about yourself. Just a little. Enough to let others know you were involved and grateful for it.
Increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more as you put God in charge of your work in 2016 and ask these 3 questions:
“God, What Do You Want?
“God, How Do You Want This Done?
“God, Who Gets the Credit?”
Dr. Joey Faucette
Which of these 3 questions is hardest for you to ask? Why?