Joyce Meyer - Doing Life With God
You know, when we get a vision from God about something good we want to see happen in our life, you get a picture from God. You get an image of how things will be. But He doesn't bother to tell you how long it's gonna take to get there. Doesn't bother to tell you what the journey's gonna be like or how much opposition you're gonna have. He just shows you this done deal, amen?
It's kinda like going out and buying a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. You pick out a puzzle based on the picture on the box. You like the picture. Well, when God gives you a dream for your life, you like the picture. Sounds good to me, let's go all over the world and preach the gospel. Sounds good, I wanna own my own business. Sounds great, I wanna lose pounds. Sounds great, I wanna get in shape. Sounds good, God, I wanna get this house so organized that I know exactly where everything is at all the time. Yay, yay, I'm all for that.
Are you with me? Yes, God, get the garage cleaned out. Get every closet organized. Yes, I got the picture. And then you open up the box and you see what 5,000 pieces really look like. And all of a sudden, you wanna just faint. It's like, "What have I gotten myself into"? Have you ever thought that? You stepped out into something and then you thought, "What have I done? What have I gotten myself into"? Well, you know, when you do a puzzle, you start with the edge pieces first, 'cause they're all pretty easy, so.
God, usually in the beginning, will give us some rather easy stuff to do just to kinda get us started, you know? And the thing that I like to make a point out of is, in most puzzles, especially if it's a scenery picture, which a lot of them are, and I don't know if you've ever thought about this or not, but 60% to 70% of the puzzle is all blue sky and green grass. And I can tell you, some of you right now, you are so tired of putting together blue sky.
Come on, who am I talking to today? I mean, you're like, "If I have to hunt for one more piece of green". But that's what a lot of life is, and nobody has a message to bring you that's gonna change that. And they'd be lying if they said that they did. But there is a way, there is a way that you can make ordinary, everyday life extremely extraordinary, and that is when you learn how to do life with God.
Now, that's the title of my message today, which is not hard, but what I'm gonna share with you today was probably one of the most profound things that ever happened to me in my spiritual walk. I just realize I didn't finish the story about Mike, so I'll go back and finish it. This morning, I realized I didn't finish a story I started last night. Mike became so serious as a christian. And one night, he was sound asleep, and Penny woke him up and said, "Mike!" "What? What? What"? "Mike, are you ever gonna make me laugh again"? And he said, "What? What are you talking about"? First he didn't get it. Then, about a week later, his mother called him and said, "Mike, are we ever gonna talk about sports again"? See, when he became a serious christian, he forgot about everything else in life except just doing something that he thought was spiritual.
And I remember going through the same thing where I actually felt guilty just doing anything ordinary. And even when I was doing ordinary things, I didn't enjoy them. I just wanted to rush through them and get them over with so I could do something that I thought was spiritual. You know why? Because I felt that I was more pleasing to God if I was praying, or studying the Bible, or going to church than I could've been if I was watching TV do you know that lighting a candle in a church is no more sacred than lighting the candles on your 2-year-old's birthday cake? If you're doing it with and for God.
Now, I don't care what kind of a life you have, you're never gonna really enjoy your life because God won't let you if you try to do it the way to bring enthusiasm into every ordinary day is to do. Learn Colossians 3, not just as a scripture, but something we put into practice in our life. "Do everything in the name of Jesus in dependence upon his person, giving praise and glory to Him". Everything, I hope that I can convey to you in the little bit of time that I have this morning how life-changing this was for me when I stopped dividing the sacred from the secular, and I realized that everything became sacred if I did it with and for God.
Come on, you gonna like this today. This is gonna help you. God didn't meet with Moses in a temple. He met with him at a bush. Come on, a bush! And when God showed up in the bush, the ground became holy. So, everything that we do, if we do it with and for God, it becomes holy. Whoo! Everything we do. You know, yes, I like looking good, but one of the reasons why I exercise and walk 5 miles a day, I'm doing it for God because He told me 12 years ago, "If you don't start taking better care of yourself, you are not gonna be strong for the last third of your journey". And I wanna finish what God has called me to do, so I know that in order to do what I'm doing at my age, I have to do that. And so, it is something that I'm doing for God.
Therefore, even though it's hard, I can actually tell you I enjoy it, because I do a lot of my praying while I'm walking and I talk to God while I'm walking. We gotta understand that God's not stuck in a church somewhere. He's everywhere and God is never more than one thought away from you. Did you hear that? God is never more than one thought away from you. He's here all the time, but you can bring Him right into your awareness we even overly spiritualize prayer. Prayer is just having a conversation with God. We don't have to become like a different person now because we're praying, "O most Holy Thou".
Get outta here. God don't wanna hear that. Just act like who you are. "It's me again, Lord". And prayer doesn't have to be long, it doesn't have to be eloquent. When the Bible says, "Pray without ceasing," we can actually do that. We can pray our way through the day. "Thank you, Lord. I need you, Jesus. God, help me with this. You're awesome, Lord. You're wonderful". For so many years, even as a woman who loved God, he was just this little spiritual part of my life. He lived in a little sunday morning box. And the rest of the week, I tried to do life on my own. And I only called on him when I had a crisis. I only called on him when I thought I was over my head.
Well, you see, I've learned that I'm always over my head. I mean, I am so far over my head, you have no idea how much trouble I would be in if God didn't help me, amen? People talk about, well, you know what I figured out? When you're over your head, it doesn't matter how deep you go because you're still dead if God don't help you. And so, I had God in this little sunday morning box and I didn't know any better. Nobody was teaching me any better.
And back in the '70s when God really touched my life, during the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that was taking place at that time and by the way, you don't have to wait for some special outpouring. You can have more of God anytime you want to. Anybody can be as close to God as they want to. It all depends on how much time you're willing to put into it. Yes, I said anybody can be as close to God as they want to. Anybody can make an adjustment here today and say, "From now on, God, you're gonna be first in my life. You're not gonna be second, you're not gonna be third, you're not gonna be after my job, after this, after that. You're gonna be first. And I don't care what else has to be cut out, you're gonna be first".