The irony of How to Survive a Zombie Attack is that the final basic principle isn’t about surviving at all. Surviving the zombie apocalypse isn’t enough because life isn’t about surviving, it’s about thriving.
The fourth basic principle: Live.
Too many times we live life in survival mode. We are just trying to make it through the next test, the next practice, and the next day. The daily grind sometimes blinds us from divine assignments and greater purpose. There has to be more. God has a purpose for each and every person, but how do you know what you’re supposed to do?
The first thing is to act on what the Bible is clear about, things we’ve learned in this series: being unified, defending that unity, praying, fasting, and giving. The second thing is simple, yet challenging. It takes courage and boldness. It’s one of the most dangerous things you can do to find out God’s plan for your life. Ask Him,
What do you want me to do?
The Bible instructs us to do just that in James 1:5,
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you
If you want to find out God’s plan and purpose for you, simply ask Him. He won’t hold back an answer. The answer will come in little tasks like helping your neighbor shovel their driveway or getting to know that weird kid at school. It will come through reading your Bible and going to youth group. It will come through personal interactions confirming an inner prompting. If you trust God in things like this, He promises to make your path straight. He will guide you beyond high school into your calling, your career, and your future.
He has a plan and purpose for you even if you doubt, fear, or feel inadequate. Your mistakes don’t even phase Him. He will meet you where you are at, forgive, forget, and lead you on His path. He wants to use you. Are you willing to ask the most dangerous question of all? Take a moment and ask Him. You will be amazed at the response. Now that’s living… moving from surviving to thriving, walking in purpose, and following the path He lays out before you.
Congratulations, you’re not just ready to survive… you’re ready to live.
- For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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