“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.” Philippians 2:5-6 NKJV
Jesus had the power to be equal to God but chose to be humble. Paul tells us to let this mind be in you which was also in Christ. In Philippians 2 Paul tells us to be humble and to be like-minded amongst each other and to look out for other’s interest, not just our own.
Being humble is a mindset, a Christ-like mindset. But, it doesn’t begin in the mind. The actual transformation needs to take place in the heart for it to change your mind. See, the mind is the gateway for God’s word to flow in and out of, but it is your heart that governs how you project His truth out to the world. The heart is your spiritual connection with God and where your relationship with Him is formed. We can read biblical instructions all day long and do what they say, but are the instructions written in your heart? Are you living by God’s standards to please Him, or are you just doing what it says to please everyone around you because that’s the way you should act as a Christian? See as Christians living for Christ, we don’t act! We live God’s word with all of our heart and all of our mind because we have chosen to be grounded on a foundation of Christ. That foundation is our relationship with Him as our Father.
Being humble is a mindset that is controlled by the heart. To be humble means to sacrifice yourself for others, and to be a servant to others. There will be times in your life where this will be very difficult depending on the circumstance and the people God wants you to impact. God wants you to submit yourself through obedience and to show the world that you stand for His kingdom no matter what sacrifice you have to make to humble yourself.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
Your heart, soul and mind represent the whole you as being. Your mind is the gateway to understanding, and your heart creates the will as your soul expresses the love God wants from you. This is why it’s the greatest commandment because it involves all of who you are from the inside and out.
I want to start this post with this verse in mind…
Philippians 2:13NIV “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose”
I am sure you have asked yourself and people have asked you; “what is your purpose in life?” or “what do you think your calling is?” I know I have asked these questions to myself numerous times throughout my life. When I read this verse from Philippians it hit me. The question on calling and purpose have halfway been answered through this verse. It is God who works in us to will and act. This tells me that God does the work in our life to fulfill His purpose in our life. But, there is one important thing we must do for God to work in us. We must allow Christ into our life through a relationship with Him, so He can work in us to fulfill His good purpose.
If we invite the Lord into our life and establish that close relationship with Him, He will show us the way to our calling and purpose. This is where most people get stuck as they try and figure their life out by trying different things to discover what their calling is. For some people this could come naturally, but for most out there it can be a long drawn out discovery process. Your calling can be multiple things throughout your lifetime. It can be a calling to serve somewhere, it can be a calling to lead somewhere, or it can be a calling to play in a worship band at the age of 65, you never can tell what God has in store for you if you don’t communicate with Him and get close to Him. So, first thing is first, seek the Lord, then seek your calling.
Seeking a relationship with Christ and understanding His word can help you recognize His will and His purpose. You must strengthen your spiritual life through prayer and worship, and be spiritually cognizant of how He works through you daily. Through understanding you will realize that He is providing you with direction and all you must do is follow it. You are the one driving, but God is giving you the directions.
If you are at that point where you think you will never be called to do anything, then it’s time to strengthen your relationship with God. If you feel you have a strong relationship with Him but are still having a difficult time finding your calling, then maybe it’s time for you to start putting in more effort. God will pave the way in this relationship with Him, but He is not going to hand you a future on a silver platter. He wants you to pursue it and work for it.
God’s calling for you is a gift that you need to discover. When you do, you need to own it with all your heart and soul by putting in every ounce of effort to make it possible.
Who would’ve thought that the phrase “actions speak louder than words” was actually biblical? 😁
God’s Word is truth….now get out there and start making it happen!
It is God’s Word that gives us freedom from sin and the distractions that hold us down from our purpose in this world.
Don’t just listen to God’s Word! Live God’s Word to your fullest potential and live out the amazing plan He has for your life!
Victory is not about the wins and losses. Victory is about giving everything you have and laying it out on the floor. It’s executing to the best of your ability and applying quality effort to your fullest potential. If you fail and then learn from that failure then that’s victory. Victory is not determined by stats and points. If you have to scrape yourself up off the floor because you gave it your all by doing what you were supposed to do, and the score board doesn’t go your way, then that is victory!
Remain victorious through commitment. This comes from being consistent and persistent with all the little things regardless of how hard and painful they are. If you remain committed to win, then the numbers you want will come naturally.
Happy New Year!!!
Let’s start 2018 with Christ in our minds and hearts as we glorify Him by living for Him in everything we do. Living with an eternal perspective encourages us to live with purpose.
If you want to make a change this year and need a resolution, think of the word “perseverance”. With perseverance comes consistency, and with consistency comes commitment. When you stay committed, you will see success towards achieving your goals. This year, persevere through every goal and every task as you live for Him.
There are two types of people in this world. There are those who live to succeed and there are those who live to survive.
Which one are you?
Living to survive is living without purpose, meaning there is nothing to live for but the next day. No goals in sight, no vision and no dream, nothing but the daily toils that lead to nowhere.
Every day should be a new stepping stone toward a larger picture, but if there is nothing to look forward to, then every day you leave yourself stranded on the same stone.
Living to succeed is living with a purpose to achieve the things in your life you grind for everyday with ambitious intentions that lead to greater life results.
Challenge yourself every day in some way, and watch the transformation.
Quality Effort (QE) is a combination of two important elements: understanding and attempting to perfect the little things. These two elements combined together bring your execution to a whole new level. QE is about being diligent toward every task by maximizing effort.
Let’s define these terms, quality and effort. I define quality as high-grade excellence and something as being superior. I define effort as the output of mental and or physical energy under a determined mindset. That’s a lot to swallow but I don’t see effort any other way.
The first element I mentioned is understanding: applying thought into everything involved as you perform a single task. Everything from the most immediate impact to how it affects other tasks and your ultimate goals. As you look at a complicated piece of equipment like a car engine for example, the engineer that built it understands every moving part and its purpose. If you have a vision and a dream that you want to achieve, you have to understand every task that is involved and its purpose. When you put purpose behind what you want to achieve, you put value into achieving goals. Just as the engineer knows how valuable every moving part is to the engine for its success, you need to apply the same approach toward tasks and goals.
As you begin to understand everything involved toward your success, its time to focus on the small achievements. Perfecting the smallest efforts means to perfect every little element to the BEST of your ability. If you keep applying your best effort, then you keep raising the bar for even better effort the next time around. Quality effort maximizes your ability to achieve goals during execution. Some people beat themselves up over the word perfect or perfection. They say “well no one can ever be perfect”. That is right! But, this does not mean you can’t strive for perfection by attempting everything you do with the best of your abilities. Striving is a part of the quality. It’s not about being perfect, its about attempting perfection!