We live in a world where everyday people are running away from their futures and what I mean by that is, people do not know who they really are, so they just accept what this world says they are.
We get a lot messages passed to us in any given 24 hour period through people in the form of: conversations, advertising, education, religion and culture and all of these interactions over time shape who we are.
All of these things create a lot of noise volume in our lives and within all of this noise God is trying to speak to us. Many times we get so caught up in the noise that it is impossible to hear what God is saying to us and the only way to hear God, is to lower the noise of this world.
The noise stops us from truly knowing who we are and truly knowing who God is but the amazing thing is that, God loves us so much that he came to where we are to tune down our volume control so we can actually hear him.
However, have you ever tried to turn down the volume control on somebody’s sound system who did not want it turned down? They can get pretty hostile, well that is exactly what happened when God came to where we were and in fact we ending up killing him. However he came show us another way, which leads to our real futures, but first he had to take away our biggest fear, which was death, So he conquered death by resurrecting himself to show us he has power over death and that our true future involves life not death. Then he put us on a journey of discovery so that we could start living out our true future of eternal life right here, helping others to understand also.
However because of the pressures of conversations, advertising, education, religion and culture many people run away from their futures and what God wants them to be.
A good example in the bible of this is Jonah. God’s love for his creation is so high that he wants people to change their ways, which are destroying them. So he uses people as his mouthpiece to convey that message:
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
So in this case he wanted to use Jonah but Jonah did not want to go where God was sending him and he actually went in the opposite direction (sound familiar). However God used an extreme situation to get Jonah’s attention, a situation that Jonah probably thought was impossible to get out of. However God came through for him and he got back on the right road.
Jer 29:11 For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says Jehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Now Jonah was on the right road again walking towards the future God had for him and even though he still had lesson to learn on his journey, the result was a whole nation came to the knowledge of God and had their volume controls turned down because of Jonah no longer running away from his future and recognising who he was.
1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for possession, so that you might speak of the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1Pe 2:10 you who then were not a people, but now the people of God, those not pitied then, but now pitied.
1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I exhort you as temporary residents and pilgrims to abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
1Pe 2:12 having your conduct honest among the nations, in that which they speak against you as evildoers, they may glorify God in a day of His visitation, seeing your good works.
So stop running from your future but embrace it and watch God work in your life.
Many people could have totally different life experiences if they just stopped listening to other peoples opinions and started focusing on their own futures. This is the biggest challenge to us as distributors as we share the Reliv business opportunity with people. Some people will never stop running away from their futures and there is nothing we can do about that. However there are others, may be in a extremely situation just like Jonah, but they are ready to make a change in their lives. These are the people we are looking for. As well as people who may not be in an extreme situation, but they do have the foresight to turn down the noise volume that is around them and open themselves up to opportunity.
We are in a people search business and not everyone is going to be open to our message of hope in health and finances, but that does not stop us in our journey, but it should spur us on in our journey because lives are waiting to be changed simply through our obedience, persistency, consistency and determination.
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
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