It has come to me profoundly and suddenly that most people are stuck, stagnant, and lacking sufficient motivation because they have no vision of what they want. People, particularly in the Christian faith, struggle with this notion a lot as they feel that God must give clear instruction to not only what they should do in their lives but also in what they should want.
I agree, with the fact that God is the ultimate giver including wisdom, ideas, vision, and growth but I do believe that God isn’t micro-managing our lives or desires. In this same vein, I believe that waiting on a concrete or detailed plan for the minute day- to -day details of our lives is a waste of time and resources that God has given us. I believe that it is not only wasteful but selfish to sit idly by, twiddling our thumbs, waiting on a God who is alive and active.
I do believe that God isn’t micro-managing our lives or desires.
Our God responds to faith. Our God responds to active faith. In the encounter with the woman with an issue of blood. She believed that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus’s garment then she would be healed.
Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”
But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Luke 8:43-48 New King James Version (NKJV)
She didn’t wait for God to give her this instruction. She did not walk up to Jesus and say,” heal me!”, though many others had done so. She simply believed that she could be healed and so she acted. Jesus, in accordance with her belief, felt power come out of Him. He didn’t even know who did it but His spirit responded to her faith. This is the way we should be if we are to display our faith. It should not be dormant or docile but bold and courageous. Our faith should meet us where reality has not. Faith is the connection point between where we are and where we long to be.
Our faith should meet us where reality has not.
Let’s take look at another example of faith with the instance of the centurion. The centurion was of Roman lineage. He was not the mission for Jesus as he was focused on saving His own people, Israel. Yet, this man presented himself to Jesus having heard about what he could do and asked for help.
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
Matthew 8:5-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
The centurion asked Jesus for healing just like everyone did EXCEPT he believed Him directly at His word. He did not need to see a miracle because his faith had already given him the evidence that he needed. One could say that the centurion was standing right before Jesus, of course, anyone would believe Him, but many, I would say thousands of people stood in that same place and could not believe as he. Jesus even said that He has never seen faith like it before. Finally, someone was beliving on a Jesus level. He had finally met someone who had not one ounce of doubt or unbelief.
He did not need to see a miracle because his faith had already given him the evidence that he needed.
I know that it seems that I am going off topic from the formation of your definite chief aim ( DCA) but I assure I am not. The purpose of the DCA is to cast vision so that you can run. The purpose is for you to run in faith. Both of these won’t be achieved if you hold on to the belief that God must hand you a play by play on what you should be doing. God has shown us many times in His word that He will bless us according to what we believe and what we do. He has assured us that He is with us wherever we go. This means that we are then responsible for acting on our faith.
We are responsible for using all of our talents and gifts. And we are responsible for giving Him all the glory while we do it. All God wants from us is to be like the father of faith, Abraham, and go. Move toward the place. Get those feet walking. Do something with the limited time you have allocated to you on this earth. Be fruitful and multiply.
How to Write a Definite Chief Aim
The concept of a definite chief aim comes from a book written in 1938 called ” Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. He was hired by Andrew Carnegie to find out a system that made people successful. This project took over 25 years and Napoleon interviewed over 1000 men and women who were successful in their fields and had created large sums of wealth. The people interviewed included Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Schwab, Woodrow Wilson, and Thomas Edison. Many historic and prolific people have also been affected by this book as well. It is still a best- seller even though it has been around for nearly a hundred years. Hill also did his best to condense the material as much as possible. He recommends that you take a week on each chapter as each one is fully loaded.
In order for you to write your DCA, you will need to download the book and reach chapter one ( Desire) and chapter two ( Faith). Don’t worry it’s free! Just click the link. The DCA starts on page 35. Please don’t skip the introduction and please don’t skim through this book. This book is necessary for you. You need to be disciplined enough to read it. Put down Facebook. Turn off the TV and read this book.
Here are some other resources that will assist you in this journey:
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich Book Club This link will take you to a podcast where they discuss each chapter in detail. Each week after you read a chapter, listen to this podcast. Warning: It is really convicting.