The Great Mobilizer
“Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.”
~ The Apostle Paul| 2 Timothy 2:4 (NLT)
How excited we are when we truly accept the gift Jesus offers! I’m sure many of you remember the day. You may have felt some of your pain drain away as you embraced the Good News. Perhaps then you slowly started to engage a bit at church to learn more. If you were like me, not much else changed though I suppose I became a bit more cognizant of being a good person.
Some time later it started to hit me, “Is there something more I should be doing?” I decided to get involved with the kid’s ministry. I love kids so this was easy and it seemed to allay my thoughts about doing more for a while.
I started a daily devotional. On a trip, I ended up with a One Year Bible. From then on, I read each day some Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs over the course of a year. You know what? Those prior thoughts came back and then some. It seemed that the closer I got to God, the more I realized that he was recruiting me into his army.
I could not shake the thought that, “There’s got to be more to life than this!” I came upon the parable of the sower. Jesus, in his riveting and deep hitting way, laid out the different soils in a way that seemed tailored just for me, ending with this one:
“Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Jesus Christ| Matthew 13:8 (NLT)
“What kind of soil am I?” I asked myself. I struggled, “Hasn’t God already determined it for me?” Over time, I realized it was my choice. Was I willing to be fertile soil? Jesus was recruiting me to be part of his army, why wouldn’t I enlist?
Have you chosen?
We give a myriad of reasons to say “no!” to Jesus. One I often get is an honest expression of fear from people, “If I enlist, will I have to become a missionary and move to Africa?” A few people will end up doing this I suppose, but why wouldn’t God mobilize you right where you are? The plain reality of this hit me a couple of weeks ago like a slap in the face when I read this:
“These were his instructions to them: ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’”
Jesus Christ| Luke 10:2 (NLT)
Everywhere I look is a harvest field! If your field is right in front of you, why not enlist?
Mobilize Your Mission
Can you feel the urgency in Jesus’ words? True believers know deep in their hearts that a harvest lies before them, so what keeps so many frozen in place? I have come to believe they’re paralyzed by practical fear surrounding big life questions like: What am I supposed to do? Why me? How could I afford to?
Fear is the great immobilizer.
When you don’t have answers for key questions like these, it’s very easy to become focused on fear… and when you focus on fear, it grows into a great monster. (See my blog “Fear” https://www.missioncurve.com/fear-2/ ).
I have learned that mobilizing your life to produce harvests of 30, 60 or 100X starts by answering these fundamental life questions with crystal clarity: “Who am I?”, “What am I here to do?”, “Why me?” and “What will be the impact of my life?” Your answers to these questions are called your 4 Power Affirmations.
Crystal clarity is the great mobilizer.
Your Character Identity answers the question “Who am I” and your Life Mission the question “What am I here to do?” Your Character Identity and Life Mission are crystal clear, concise and simple, with incredibly deep meaning. One of my mantra’s is “keep it simple.” Complexity causes confusion, which leads to inaction due to fear, which leads to regret and ultimately an unfulfilled life…infertile soil. You cannot please the officer who enlisted you by being infertile soil.
It’s time for you to gain crystal clarity because Jesus wants you in his army. Our Reach New Peaks Guided Workshop will lead you to find your 4 Power Affirmations.
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