You Were Not Born to Do Everything!
“By the blessing of the influence of the upright and God’s favor [because of them] the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked (Proverbs 11:11 AMP)”.
You Were Not Born to Do Everything!
Good Morning and welcome! I can’t believe that we are in the month of April. Time is moving so fast - we are looking at almost reaching the middle of this year. We must move right along and see what God has in store for our lives. We tend to see things in different ways, but God has it all under control.
Through your journey this year, how are you measuring your life in your thinking? Have you looked back at the beginning of the year to see where you began and where you are going? Are you still committed to what God has for you? Are you writing things down to remind yourself of what is next for your decision-making process? Just look at it, refocus on what you started, and stay the course, looking to Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith! He will make it with you if you are so committed and never quit. Just think about it for a minute. Stay the course! Stay the course! Stay the course and continue running your race!
Let’s talk about using wisdom in our life’s reflections. You see, the Kingdom influence is of the second type. We talked about the first one last week. It operates gradually, based on the eternal, unchanging principles of God, and according to a timetable that encompasses millennia. God literally has all the time in the universe to fulfill His plan.
Therefore, consider this: at least 4,000 years passed from the time Adam and Eve lost the kingdom in Eden until Christ announced its return. So, more than 2,000 years have elapsed. Yet, throughout all that time, His influence has been growing and expanding gradually and sometimes almost invisibly, permeating human culture.
Moreover, none of the efforts of either humans or the pretender can stop it. Ultimately, the influence of God’s Kingdom is irresistible. This does not mean that everyone eventually will enter the Kingdom, but it does mean that someday everyone will acknowledge the reality, authority, and absolute supremacy of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Now the Apostle Paul stated plainly that the day will come “that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, in the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).
The word “Lord” means “owner”, and is a term properly applied to a king. We know that Christ is the King of an eternal, all–powerful, all-knowing, all-present Kingdom, and one day everyone will confess that this is so, even those who have rejected his Kingdom!
The Kingdom of Heaven is so subtle and unassuming in its growth that many people ignore it or dismiss it altogether as completely inconsequential. But eventually, however, it will grow to be revealed to everyone as it really is: the greatest Kingdom of all, next to which the kingdoms of man are nothing in comparison.
Listen to what is said in Matthew 13:33 “…the kingdom of heaven is like a yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
Anyone who spends any amount of time in the kitchen knows what yeast is and what it does (knowing how it does what it does is another matter). Yeast is one of the most powerful influencing agents in the world, and it exists for one reason: to affect whatever it is mixed into with its presence and influence. We see that Jesus’ comparison of the Kingdom of Heaven to yeast makes us think right away about impact.
John MacArthur says this, “You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read, and your life is under scrutiny every day. What do others learn from you? Do they see an accurate picture of your God?” Very challenging questions, but true measures for our lives!
Gene Gertz in Elders and Leaders said, “Someone has said that more is learned from what is “caught” than “taught”. Though it is certainly important to communicate God’s Word didactically, it’s what people see in our lives that gives weight to our words. That is why the qualifications for elders are so important. If we are to ‘teach the Word of God’ effectively, we must simultaneously ‘live the Word of God’”. So powerful!
I learned early in my life that a common reason people aren’t specific about their vision is that they are trying to do too much. Their problem isn’t that they are hesitant about getting started, but that they are running around attempting too many things, and it causes them to get confused and want to quit. Even though they are constantly constructing something, they are actually building nothing at all because they have never completed anything. Is that you? I know it has happened to me many times before.
The question is, why does this really happen? It is because most people make the mistake of believing that the main goal in life is to stay busy. But this way of thinking is a trap! You know, busyness does not necessarily equate to progress; staying busy does not necessarily mean that you are heading toward a specific destination. The bridge to nowhere!
So in response to this, I have learned this very important truth that has set me free from both indecision and ineffective busyness: Si was not born or created to do everything! Not so!
Now that statement might be a good thing to put at the top of your desk at work, or to carry around in your book. I even put it in my iPhone to remind me that I was not born to do everything!
In essence, when we are aiming at everything, we usually hit nothing! Have you ever been there? I know I have many times.
One thing for sure is that most of us are breaking our necks trying to hit everything in sight. Again, let me assure you: you are not born to meet all the needs of the earth. You can’t and you won’t! Now it is very easy to become concerned about the many problems we face in this world. Here is what will bring it all home for me: compassion.
Compassion is not only an admirable quality, but it is also an essential element of vision. You cannot try to meet everyone’s needs around you and still be effective in helping people. You just cannot do it! The more needs you attempt to meet, the less attention you will be able to devote to each individual need. Again, you were not born to do everything.
All the needs you see in and around your community or in your nation cannot be met by you. All the trouble that you see in your community cannot be solved by you. All the problems that you see on your street cannot be addressed by you. This is the reason why you must discover your personal vision from God and then stay on track with it.
My friends, you were meant to meet certain needs, not every need. God created you for a purpose, and the purpose is supposed to be your focus. It is what must motivate you and keep you centered on what is the most important for you to be involved in.
Therefore, while you should be open to the various ways in which God may direct you to help others, you must not become sidetracked by a myriad of needs. There will always be more needs than you can personally handle.
In closing today, I want you to know that some people never pursue their true visions because they have what I call a “problem” of being multi-talented or being able to do many things. A misunderstanding of their gifts causes many talented and intelligent people to be ineffective and unsuccessful in life. You can hear stories of this a lot around you or in your community.
A lot of times someone will say, “Brother, I have so many gifts that I do not know which ones I am supposed to use? I want to develop all of them.” So as a result, they develop none of them to proficiency. I speak for myself, because I have so many interested things in my life. I am a speaker, a writer, a golfer, teacher, mentor, and musician. But, I have had to focus on only a few specific gifts in order for me to be very effective in life. My Pastor, George Reed, has helped me with making me focus on my calling so I can be accountable and effective.
So here comes an easy part as I ask you this question. Answer me this: Did you ever, or have you ever, seen anyone who became successful in life by doing everything? Think about these people such as Tiger Woods, Bill Gates, Tom Brady, Mother Teresa, and others in life. Each of these people do one or two things very well, and it became the source of their life and their prosperity. It really made room for them in the world.
You see when a person tries to do everything, he ends up becoming what I call a “jack-of-all-trades and a master of none”. Maybe you know about some multi-gifted people who seem to have the best chances of success, but who aren’t doing anything with their lives. That is why I am encouraging you that you have to guard against the temptation to try to do everything.
You know, it does not matter how many gifts you have - do not let them distract you. You must decide to concentrate on one or two gifts, and then stir them up. Don’t worry about losing the other gifts, but decide which gift you are going to stir up; as you stir that one up, the other gifts will follow it. God will not waste what He has given you.
Go with God’s blessings this week and remember to stay focused on what you are doing. Let God be God in your life and all you do. Do not get frustrated in little things but be encouraged, for the best is yet to come. Let your gift do the work and you will see God move mightily in your life time, in all you do. His favor will be in your gift. Trust the Holy Spirit in all things! Have a good week.
Prayer: Father, we love You so much that sometimes words are not enough to say or speak. We hunger after Your touch. We know we are to influence the world and our communities with what You have gifted us with, but sometimes we are so lacking of purpose and that lack makes us miss the mark in things that we do. As we meditate in Your love and presence today, we want to be effective in what we do in life, not just busy in many things. This is why, we need to refocus and come to see what You already planned in each and every one of our lives. Help us to see that one or two gifts is all we need to stir up, and those will lead us to where we are going. Holy Spirit, You are our Helper, our Comforter, Counselor, Silent Partner, Advisor, Teacher, Grace, Wisdom, and Truth. Show Your favor to us, Your servants, as we seek our purpose and vision, so that we will not be distracted by all other things in life. In my church, help me to follow what is necessary to help out my brothers, sisters, and the leadership in the church. I am tired of being so busy and not effective. Therefore, let Your guidance be our compass that will help us focus on what counts and is important for the rest of this year. In obedience to Your calling and those whom You have appointed to lead, guide and take us to the next level in our church and spiritual living. Bless our Pastors and those whom You have called in our church to lead us. Let Your Word be sharp and so convicting in our hearts to help us move to the next level as we seek Your guidance and instructions. May we never be bored in teaching or being taught Your Anointed and Holy Word. May we be effective to give the truth always, so that those who are coming will be fed and be filled. Bring those who will help in building what You already purposed in our church. Do not bring anyone that is not in accordance to what Pastor has already established, but those who will support his vision for our church. Bless Your people and let them be faithful always in all they do. May they fall in love with You more and more as they grow in the spiritual things of You. Let Your grace and favor in their lives be their uttermost hope and trust. We love You! In Jesus’ wonderful Name, amen and amen.
Thought: You were not born to do everything!
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