“I will not boast beyond my measure” (2 Corinthians 10:13).
Did you know that before you were even born, God knew all about you. In fact, He mapped out your life in advance and set you inside the circle of His will. (In your printed copy of the drawing, write “God’s Will for You” inside the base of the circle.)
God clearly wants you to stand in the center of His will, but there are no strings attached. You have full range of motion to come and go as you will. And, of course, by now you know that you have on many occasions stepped outside God’s will for your life. In some case – way outside His will.
Paul challenged us to a better life. “Be not conformed to this world,” he wrote, “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind – so that you may prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1,2).
In another place he said, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph 2:10). I love the way the Amplified Bible puts it, “taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them; living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live.”
This was not mere theory to Paul; he lived it himself. Listen to his own words, “We will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you” (2 Co.10:13).
Paul understood that his effectiveness in life depended upon him staying within the measure of God’s will for himself, and not over-reaching in some vain effort to prove himself to others.
You will never fully experience nor understand the grace of God apart from embracing God’s will for your life.
There are few things more graceless than an individual attempting to achieve something for which they are unsought, unsuited, and unskilled. The more they try, the more unsuccessful they will become.
You must find that sweet spot of God’s will, where all your gifts and talents may flourish; where your heart soars with passionate vision, and you labors seem to effortlessly serve others in meaningful and lasting ways.
This is what awaits you in the measure of God’s will for your life.