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The Bible starts with God’s physical creation project, culminating in humanity being transformed in His image (Gen 1:1-27; 1 Cor 15:52). He is now involved in preparing a spiritual bride for Christ [the church] – drawing people to Himself and purifying the lives of the redeemed (Isa 62:5; 2 Cor 11:2; Rev 19:7).

Sinful humans had to be restrained so God brought confusion, putting a stop to the tower building project that humanity had embarked on when only one language was being spoken. He stated that “Nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them”, for there is immense power when a group of people is wholeheartedly moving together with singleness of heart, whether for good or for evil (Gen 11:1-9).

God must be the project manager for our lives, with His plans and directions being followed for without Him all our efforts will come to nothing (Ps 127:1; Jer 10:23; Zech 4:6; Mt 7:24-27; 1 Cor 3:10-15). Be determined to discover and fulfill the project or calling He has saved you for – your God-given

What am I involved with that is beneficial to humanity and the Kingdom of God?

destiny (Act 26:19; Phil 3:12-14). Each of us have a unique part to play in His overall for this world.

Although it takes vision and faith, it is relativity easy to start a God-inspired project, however, the novelty and enthusiasm can soon wear off, with hard work, commitment, perseverance and self-discipline coupled with a deep conviction being required, to bring it to its desired completion (Eccl 7:8). Opposition and discouragement can be conquered if we walk obediently and it will be completed (Neh 2:19, 4:1-8,15, 6:1-7:1; Lk 9:62; Phil 1:6).

Although David proposed to build a temple for God, this honour was given to his son Solomon, yet he was instrumental in preparing the materials required for its construction. In an undertaking of any significance there needs to be careful planning and forethought to ensure it comes to completion (2 Sam 7:1-17; Lk 14:28-30). It requires many people of differing talents to work together harmoniously and with a common objective to see the dream become a reality, with some maybe not even being recognised for their service and effort, yet God knows their contribution (Lk 17:10; 1 Cor 3:8; Heb 6:10). Do I become resentful if I am not appreciated for my input when my ideas are not accepted in group projects or even within the marriage partnership?

Often what God requires has never been done this way before – take the case of Noah; it is likely it had never even rained when Noah was instructed to build the ark (Gen 2:5,6, 7:4; Heb 11:7). While the Bible does not state how

Do I see tasks through to completion?

long construction took it would have been an enormous and lengthy undertaking; so it is with God’s ultimate project, establishing the Kingdom of God. God requires our continuing dependency on Him and our co-operation through prayer and action with each of us contributing in various ways to the task (Neh 4:9, 6;16).

See also: being and doing, call/calling, co-operation, creativity, determined, energy, goal, involvement, motive/motivation, Noah, plans and purposes, preparation, work.