2 Corinthians 8:10-12 – “And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. 12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.” NKJV
Please forgive me for taking a thought that is not totally consistent with the context and moving beyond the activity of this verse to convey a message that I believe is valid for all areas of life. The Corinthian church had promised an offering and had neglected to fulfill their promise. Paul reminded them of their promise and urged them to honor their commitment. In this, he made a statement that transcends this matter to all matters of life. He spoke of a “readiness of desire” and reminded them that desiring is not enough there must be action to correspond otherwise it remains a wish not a reality.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been told by a fellow believer of some ‘desire’ or ‘dream’ they held in their hearts. They would say, “I want to do this or that for the Lord.” Over time I felt compelled to ask, “When are you going to do it?” Often the response would be, “When the Lord provides or opens the door.” I agree and disagree with that mindset. Yes, we need the Lord to make provision and open the door but there are times when the matter has been placed in our hands through the desire. If God put it in your heart to do it and you’ve been praying and waiting for an OPEN DOOR or MIRACULOUS PROVISION and they have not materialized you might want to consider another possibility. No, I am not saying abandon the desire or dream but maybe, just maybe God wants you to step out on your dream and BEGIN DOING IT. Maybe it is time, that you start walking toward that dream. Maybe it is time, that you take steps to complete that desire and make it a reality. Maybe it is time for you to PURSUE YOUR PURPOSE.
I applaud WAITING ON GOD for that is the right thing to do. We need to WAIT until we know He has placed the dream or desire in our hearts and made our hearts ready with desire. Every journey begins with a first step or first mile and the end is not completed from the beginning. If you are waiting on God to do what He is waiting for you to begin you are going to wait in disappointment for a very long time. Virtually every ministry that has accomplished great things for God began with a first step. I know millionaires who have related their journey to that financial plateau and each of them began with taking a desire or dream and launching out. Most of them began small and over time found that each new step resulted in incredible increase until they found they were engaged in an enterprise that was colossal. But, none of it would have happened had they not first had the readiness of desire and then added to that equation ACTION.
Ecclesiastes says that there is a time for everything and sometimes it is time to cease WAITING for God to do it and launch out expecting Him to fulfill His promise to NEVER leave or forsake us. Maybe God has placed in your heart to feed the hungry but your vision is feeding thousands and you know that will require facilities, personnel, and money that you do not have at your disposal. Let me suggest that since you have the readiness of desire but lack the wherewithal to fulfill the vision why not feed ONE hungry person or TWO or THREE? As you reach out in whatever ministry is in your heart, taking small steps I believe you will find that God will take your readiness of desire when coupled with your actions and reward you with HIS PROVISION. If He birthed the desire, He will provide for its fulfillment IF you step out and begin walking toward the dream, desire, or promise.
God, bless you richly is my desire and prayer!