- Virginia Brown
Great Things for God
I enjoy reading theological maxims – short, concise, and powerful statements regarding God’s truth. Scripture presents several of these. Take, for example, what Paul says in 1 Thess 5:16–18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances.” That’s a powerful and succinct way to describe the Christian life. How should Christians live? Just obey those three verses, and you’ll be well on your way.
These maxims exist outside of Scripture, too. Throughout Christian history, numerous Christians have written theological maxims. Here’s one that I really like, and that I’d like you to reflect on. It is said to come from William Carey, an important and now-deceased Baptist missionary. It goes like this, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” Let’s break it down.
The first statement -“expect great things from God”- refers to the believer’s faith regarding the power of God. Christians underestimate the power of God. Too often we don’t expect great things from God. Rather, we expect the same old, same old. We have a ho-hum faith. Scripture doesn’t present a ho-hum God. Rather, God is “able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Eph 1:19). Incredible! God’s power is unimaginably great.
The second statement – “attempt great things for God” – refers to the believer’s efforts in light of God’s unimaginable power. When we truly grasp who God is – His infinite grace, mercy, kindness, gentleness, power, righteousness, and truth – our lives won’t remain the same. Our effort for God should correspond to who God is. Because God is God, we must live our lives with tremendous energy and effort for Him, attempting to conquer the world for His sake.
As we close out 2020 and plan for 2021, remember this maxim. Pray for God to reveal to you His unimaginable power. Do not be content with half-hearted works for God. Do great things for God next year. Do all that you can for Him. Step out in faith, knowing that God is unimaginably great. In 2021, expect and attempt great things from God.