Friday, May 16, 2008

don't just 'get by' [+] Friday E-Devotion

Don't confuse being in your sweet spot with being in your comfort zone.  Because when you're in your sweet spot, there's nothing comfortable about it!  I know this is a little confusing, and definitely counter intuitive.  When I'm in my sweet spot, doing what God has called me to do, God stretches me relentlessly.  But I find that He's challenging me to activate gifts that He's already put inside of me.  I just didn't know they were there. --- quote from Steven Furtick of Elevation Church
We've talked about this before.  Being intentional about how you live and how you lead is a HUGE deal.  Far too many Christians are only living in survival mode....what do I do to just 'get by'? is the question they ask.
How sad!  God never intends for us to just 'get by'.  He has gifted us, called us, and blessed us so that we can thrive, not survive.  All around us are blessings and direction right from the hand of God (we've talked about this much this week).  But doing only enough to just 'get by' leaves you hungry, without energy and not making a difference in the people you are around.
Catch up with me....
2 Timothy 1:7 (nlt) --- For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
John 8:36 (nlt) --- So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (nasb) --- We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
Joshua 23:6 (nlt) --- So be very careful to follow everything Moses wrote in the Book of Instruction. Do not deviate from it, turning either to the right or to the left.
We have a great group of leaders on our team at The Community Fellowship.  Some changes are coming soon among our ranks as we seek to live in our sweet spot, to be who God has made each of us to be and to do what God has called us to do.  Not easy at all.  But it is right and it frees us to be better prepared to demonstrate the love of God to our community.
It takes effort, big effort to not just 'get by'.  Ask yourself the question.  Look inside yourself.  Don't let yourself and the people you are accountable for suffer because you aren't willing to live in your sweet spot.
Psalm 139:23-24 (nlt) --- Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
God has called us thrive, to succeed, to influence others, to live in freedom.  That comes with sacrifice and a choice to stop the cycle of only doing enough to just 'get by'.

1 comment:

Chester Goad said...

"Sweetspot" I love it.

start to pray

Psalm 42:8    NLT But each day the   Lord   pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs,   praying to Go...