If we let God stretch us we'll be shocked where God takes us! Watching God do things that can't be attributed to natural causes is the very way God wants us to live. This happens with vision that looks beyond things that are seen, "to the things that are unseen". Maybe you need to pause right now and ask God to let "the eyes of your heart" see the eye popping "hope to which he has called you". When God said we've been transferred power that is likened to "the raising of Christ from the dead", He wasn't trying to make us feel good about ourselves, God was calling us out to walk in the supernatural. But we have to be honest enough with ourselves to admit it's possible to "live in the Spirit" and not "keep in step with the Spirit", or we wouldn't have been warned about this real danger. So the call of God requires our stepping out into the promises of God. One of the greatest ways to see God at work in us, is to allow God to stretch us.
Stretch goals exercise the muscle of faith. They challenge us to trust God more and rely on ourselves less. Stretch goals are not about us, they're about benefiting others and soaking up the joy of watching God work through a "jar of clay". Stretch goals build a legacy. Stretch goals love neighbors well and they make the world a little better. Being stretched by God is a paradox of pain and pleasure. It has to hurt, before it can help. But this is for real: The further we lean into the stretch goals God has for us, the more we'll discover the joy of God!
You can begin to reach beyond yourself today no matter your history or how much failure and shame you've endured. Stretch goals are beyond human attainment and that's the point. So stand squarely before God and ask Him to do something outlandishly not of you, that would surprise even you. Tell him you don't need acclaim, you just want to partake of the power he has made available and soak in the presence and joy of God. Laying down your life "as a living sacrifice" is the very next move that takes you - beyond you. But lay down face up. You'll have a front row seat to watch what too few have witnessed, the "demonstration of the Spirit and of power". Don't measure your stretch by anyone else. God knows what you can take, but even better, God knows where He wants to take you!
II Cor. 4:18, Eph. 1:18, Gal. 5, II Cor. 4:7, I Cor. 9:23, Rom. 12, I Cor. 2:4