THOUGHT: Are you willing to be open to God’s will for your life?
BIBLE: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
TRANSCRIPT: Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Morning Thrive. You know Richard Stern really had the good life. He had spent 23 years climbing the ladder of success to be the CEO of Linux of fine China. He lived in a 200 year-old stone farmhouse that had 10 bedrooms on 5 acres. He drove the latest Jaguar. He had 5 kids and a loving wife. Everything was perfect until they got the phone call that really started to change everything. Earlier Richard and his wife Renee was living the simple life. They were saved early as a couple and they went to Park Street Church in Boston. They loved Jesus. They decided they didn’t want to be the hypocrites that go to church during the weekend and then act like they don’t during the week. And so they volunteered with the youth. They were generous with their giving. They served overseas. They gave to the poor. They worked with struggling kids in rural Massachusetts. They integrated all of their life around Jesus. And then life happened. More kids. Busy schedules. A demanding career. All the pressure on the outside began to press in on them and they realized years later that something was missing. That youthful idealism of following Jesus no matter what had kind of been tapered down and just going through the religious motions. That’s when he got this call. The call was a headhunter from an organization called World Vision, which is a Christian relief organization and they were looking for a new CEO and they asked if he was interested. He just laughed and said I’m not qualified, I’m not well-traveled, I’m definitely not your guy. And the headhunter asked him this question. He said, “Richard, are you willing to be open to God’s will for your life?” You know that’s a powerful question. Are you willing to be open to God’s will for your life? Even if it means to change. Even if it means to take your kids out of that school. Even if it meant to uproot and move your house. Are you willing to be open to God’s will for your life? Not just your own will. See it’s easy to settle for the things that we know and go through the motions, but Jesus never calls us to business as usual. He always calls us to something greater and something more. And this week we’re going to talk about what’s on God’s heart that he wants on your heart. Ok? I’ll see you tomorrow.
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