I loved something Michael Hyatt wrote in a on his blog:
Most dreams die on the tyranny of how. The how will show up when you get clear on what you want. Focus first on what you want without regard to how you will make it happen.”
The first year of starting Making It Real Ministries has been one big leap of faith for me and I have seen first hand how God will equip you with the how when he has called you to the who, what, when, where, and given you a strong why.
Back in June, 2012, did I know anything about how to create a website? Not one thing! Did I know how to write a book, much less get one published? Not a clue.
Yet you are looking at a functioning website created without using a web developer and with no knowledge of html or all that other technical stuff. And my book, Remaining in the Vine, was published in 2014. (Nearly 100 people participated in the local sneak peak study and many more have studied with me since then!)
Those things came about because I took action while hoping God would provide the how. Nowadays, hope is used as a synonym for wishful thinking. But biblical hope is so much more than that.
Hope, as used in Scripture, is a confident certainty. Over and over again in his Word, God shows he will be faithful to equip those he calls.
What has God called you to do?
Do you feel woefully unprepared and unable to do it? Me, too.
And guess what? That’s normal.
He doesn’t call us because we are smart, talented, or perfectly suited for the task. He usually calls those who are the least likely; the ones nobody in their right mind would choose. Think of Gideon, Sarah, and Abraham, just to name a few.
So why does God use those of us who don’t have a clue how to accomplish what he calls us to do? And how does he make those he calls able to do what they don’t know how to do? There is a really great reason why and two main ways he provides the how.
Why God Uses People Who Don’t Know How to Do What He Calls Them to Do
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV)
He chooses people like us so it is clear it is God who brings about the result. We can’t boast in our own works because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that what happens does so because God supplied the how.
How God Provides the How
Every time I open my website I know God made this possible. I had to cooperate with him. I had to answer his call. I had to do the research and a lot of hard work, but he always provided the how. As the one who doesn’t have a clue how to do what he asks me to do, I get a front row seat to watch God work. And he always comes through. Sometimes he waits until the last possible second and way past the point of my comfort to reveal the answer, but he always reveals how to accomplish what he has called me to do.
Here are the two primary ways he provides the how:
1. Through Others Who Have Answered His Call
Often, God uses others who have answered his call on their lives to provide me with the how.
Michael Hyatt is answering God’s call to mentor and teach others how to intentionally live out their calling. God led me to his blog, which led me to his book, Platform, and to his WordPress theme, which is how I have a working website.
God gifted Tamara Dever with incredible artistic and organizational skills. She uses those gifts to fulfill her calling at TLC Graphics/Narrow Gate Books. Because she and her team answered God’s call, they made it possible for me to have a logo and they designed my book.
Those are just three of the many people God has used to provide the how for me these past few months.
Who has he been using to provide your how? Who will benefit when you answer his call on your life?
2. Through His Word and Prayer
Every week I wonder how I’m going to come up with a new blog post. But every week, God provides either provides an idea or he let’s me know why I shouldn’t be writing that week.
Sometimes the idea (or the admonition to be quiet) comes when I sit down with my Bible and he causes words I’ve read many times before to leap off the page in a new way.
Or, sometimes as I pray he gives me a nudge. My prayer time tends to be informal; a conversation with God going on throughout the day.
I try to listen as much as speak. So sometimes as I go about my day checking things off my to-do list or reading my emails and such, he highlights something for me to share.
Other times, he’s shown me why I need to be still and let him pour his truth and grace into me. It’s hard to minister truth and grace to others when your own cup is empty.
It Won’t Come Easily But the How Will Come
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
(2 Corinthians 4:7-10 ESV)
Founding and growing MIRM has been one of the scariest, hardest, and most overwhelming times of my life. Yet it is also one of the most exciting and fulfilling.
He doesn’t promise it will be easy; actually he tells us straight up we will have difficulty when we follow him but not to focus on that. We are to have our hope—our confident certainty—in him and his abilities not ours. (see John 16:33)
He Calls You to Hope and Action
He has called YOU to step out in faith. He calls you to place your hope in him. He calls every believer.
Primarily, God calls us to a relationship with him through Christ.
Secondarily, he calls us to participate in the work of his kingdom. Those secondary calls are different for each of us; and we will probably have many in the various seasons of our lives. But each day, every believer must take the leap of faith and focus on doing what God calls us to do and hope (be confidently certain) that he will present us with the how to get it done.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT)
Now may the God of peace… equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV)
Need Help Discerning God’s Direction for You?
Sometimes, God gives us many opportunities to use our gifts and life-experiences to glorify him and serve others. When faced with choices between several good options, it gets tricky to figure out what is the best option.
Here’s a summary of the five practices I’ve found helpful in discerning God’s will for me in those kinds of situations. Click the button below and I’ll email you a copy.
Question: What has God called you to lately that you don’t know how you will be able to do it? In what ways are you taking the leap of faith and hoping God will supply the how? You can leave a comment by clicking here.