A Willing Mind

2 Corinthians 8:12 “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.” 

The proof is in the scriptures.  The beginning of something great does not start with a talent, or platform.  The beginning of greatness starts with a willing mind.  The battles that take place in the mind are vast.  The mind can imagine vanity, it can create fears, and it can cause panic.  It is also a place that can dream big, cultivate vision, and overcome adversity.  A willing mind can over look fears, overcome obstacles, and overpower strongholds.  A mind that is willing is far more powerful than a body that is able.  Ability always helps, but God just needs a willing spirit.  It is evident through the people God has used that He does not care about ones talent or ability as much as He cares about their willingness to serve.  God is not as interested in our ability as He is our availability.  Talent is always God given, but it takes a willing spirit to put that talent in God’s hands.  We must make sure we stop dwelling on what we are able to do and start dwelling on what we are willing to do.

Today’s Challenge:  Look beyond your abilities and concentrate your attention on your availability.  Ask yourself the question:  Have I made myself available to the Lord?

Perfecting Holiness

2 Corinthians 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

The concept of “perfecting holiness” is something that seems really out of reach.  We are reminded that we are not only to pursue holiness, but we are to perfect holiness. The Lord desires we live according to Biblical Principles.  Here are three things that must be done in order to perfect holiness:

  • We are to Pursue HolinessThe process of perfecting it, involves the desire to have it.  It is hard to perfect something that you do not desire.
  • We are to Practice Holiness:  Remember the phrase “practice makes perfect”?  The same concept applies here.
  • We are to Pattern Holiness:  Following Christ allows to model and pattern holiness.  It is through the process that perfecting holiness is achieved.

Some might say that we can’t ever be perfect.  I agree.  We will never be perfect on this earth.  However; there is no sense in not trying to settle for less.

Today’s Challenge:  One of my favorite quotes “In the pursuit of perfection you will achieve excellence.”  Vince Lambarti

Decently and In Order

1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

Contextually this verse is dealing with spiritual gifts.  Specifically it deals with the gift of tongues.  This article is not about the speaking in tongues.

I know what I believe about that, and I am sure you do as well.  So I am not going to waste time arguing about something that will not change my mind or yours.

I do believe that regardless of what we do, God wants us to do things decently and in order.  God has systems and has avenues by which things are accomplished through Him and I believe that wants us to do things in the same way.  God teaches that no matter what we do they must be done decently and in order.  The word “decent” has almost been completely removed from our vocabulary.  The way we handle our business, the way conduct our lives, the way work, they way we look, the way we act, or even the way we talk has lost a sense of decency about it.

Then there is order.  God has an order for everything.  God has structured things in a way that will maximize our abilities.  I don’t know why we argue with the way God does things and orders things.  We must remember that God knows best.  I think God wants us to keep our lives in order as well.  We all experience chaos from time to time.  However; God wants there to be order in our homes, churches, and within our families.

Today’s Challenge:  Do things decently and in order!