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Do Whatever it Takes

 

(Hebrews 12:1-2) “Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us, fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of the joy set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

(Nehemiah 4:21) “So we worked hard, half of us holding spears from dawn to dusk.”

(1 Corinthians 14:12) “In the same way, since you’re so desirous of spiritual gifts, you must keep on desiring them for the upbuilding of the church.”

 

 

What are you willing to sacrifice in order to reach your goals? No one made it in life without taking some kind of risk, hard work, sacrifice, and focusing on specific long-term and short-term goals. Those that have become successful without sacrifice or struggle end up losing it all eventually as they do not truly appreciate what they have achieved. This is evident as 70% of inherited fortunes are lost by the second generation and 90% by the third. By not having set goals that require discipline and commitment, one will never be able to improve areas that need improving and maintain the good habits they learned.

Professional Athletes have to have their priorities in order if they want to succeed. Their life routine is 90% training and 10% performance. This training requires sacrifices that include, sleep, food, socializing, commitment to friends, excessive social media, and being boss of your own time and decisions. Their success is not based so much on what they do (during that 10% performance), but rather on what they avoid doing (during 90% of training).

This professional mindset is vital for anyone who wants to be in full-time ministry. It takes sacrifice and commitment during the whole week in order to “perform” for a few hours on Sunday. There are so many things (sins) that can entangle us and distract us from our purpose. Ministers cannot spiritually eat, drink, see, or talk whatever they desire as it will affect their performance when it comes to praying for others and using the spiritual gifts God has given them for the edification of the church. The work they are doing is not in the natural, but spiritual. They are not fighting or competing against man, but against the powers of darkness that want to stop God’s plan.

Jesus had it very clear what His goal was and why God sent Him. He came to die on the cross and save mankind. There was no other goal, pleasure, or distraction that could stop Him from doing the Father’s will.  Thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross all we have to give up is our man-made ways for salvation by accepting we are wrong. This is probably the toughest step for many to take.

 


Following Christ will cost you what He is worth.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are King of saints, King of Salem, King of righteousness and spotless King.
• Thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. We submit to Your perfect ways and receive once again Your gift of salvation.
• Help us to avoid and reject all those things that can entangle us and stop us from reaching our goals in You.
• We ask for wisdom to be able to choose what is good for us.
• We decide today to run the race set before us with endurance and to set our eyes on the finish line, which is eternity with You.
• Give us the mind to work hard and to continue to desire spiritual gifts for the edification of Your church.
• We cancel any sense of shame that comes with choosing You first above anything our friends or the world can offer us.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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