Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (1 Corinthians 2:12).
God desires for you and me to know what He has freely given to us. One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit is to reveal His plans and purposes to us. They may be hidden for a time, but if we seek Him with our whole heart, we can know what He has given to us.
John the Baptist understood this principle. When asked if he was the Messiah, he replied, “John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” (John 3:27) John understood his role in the Kingdom of God. He came to pave the way for the Messiah. He was not the Messiah himself. His ministry on earth was very brief, yet Jesus described his life in this way: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Matthew 11:11)
Once we understand what God has given to us, we can walk freely in our calling. However, if we strive to walk in a role that He never gave us, it will result in frustration and failure. God wants to reveal His plan to us by His Spirit. This requires a willingness to seek and accept what He gives us. It may be different from what we thought. It may require adjustments to follow His path for our lives. Like John the Baptist, obedience requires death to our own wills.
Ask God to reveal what He has freely given to you. Pray that you receive and embrace only those things He has reserved for you to receive and to accomplish in your life. Then you can be assured of a life full of meaning and purpose, and you can look forward to hearing those all-important words someday, “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”(Matthew 25:33)
Today my dear friends, fellow readers, brothers and sisters in the Lord let us strive for those things that are promised to us and not another. Let us find our lane and walk within our vocation wherein we are called and not to be entangled in the yoke of bondage and the pleasures of this world.