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Do Not Neglect The Gift

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Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. (1 Timothy 4:14 NKJV)

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV)

The gift of God, given to a person through the prophetic word (and the laying on of hands), is a strong indication that God is not content to simply wait for the last person (whoever that is) to give their heart to Jesus (whenever that will be).

God doesn’t play a “Prevent Defense”.

And he doesn’t orchestrate the actions of his church; thinking he has to settle for a tie with wickedness or anything else the devil throws at him or us.

No!

God goes for the win. He is always planning his invitations, preparing his messengers, and pursuing his loved ones; all seven billion of us.

Three things strike me strongly, in the two verses posted above..

1. The gift (charisma) is a special endowment from God. A spiritual gift, in that it’s spiritual in nature, yet it is to be used in the natural. Out where people, hurting and broken, live. A gift of God, yet given to a man to impart to someone else.

2. Speaking prophetically is speaking in God’s stead; as his mouthpiece. Laying on of hands, therefore, is touching someone in God’s stead; on his behalf.

3. Though the gift comes from God, and the words and hands represent God’s words and hands, still we have the responsibility to stir up the gift. We have the duty of not neglecting the gift. God won’t operate it for us, and neither will the ones who prophesied over us while laying hands upon us.

If God is going to be honored as he should be, we must use the gifts he’s given, as he prescribes.

If people are going to be helped as God has planned and prepared, we must not hold back using what we have; even though we may not think we have very much.

If the gift isn’t used, then there isn’t any reason for the prophetic word, or the laying on of hands. None of the gifts are meant just to be displayed, as a Christian version of Show and Tell.

God doesn’t have to anoint or impart gifts to any one of us. But it’s a sure thing he is going to enable and endow someone. He needs people to do the work of the ministry. He needs folks yielded to him so he can flow through them. So, since he’s looking for someone who will partner with him, it might as well be me.

And you.

Do not neglect God. Do not neglect God’s gift. Do not neglect God’s purpose. Do not neglect God’s prophetic word.

And do not neglect God’s people. They just may be someone who has something of God’s to impart to you.

Or, to receive from you.

Familiarity

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Familiarity:
-the state of being familiar with something
-the state of having knowledge about something
-a friendly and informal way of acting or talking

There’s an old, well-known expression regarding familiarity. You may never have said it, but I’m certain you’ve heard it.

“Familiarity breeds contempt.”

In other words, the more we get to know someone, the more apt we are to notice their faults, flaws, and freaky mannerisms. Their shining armor becomes tarnished. It’s not like we try and find something to pick at; it just happens. Their jokes are no longer funny, their apologies sound like hollow, empty words, and their table manners are abhorrently disgusting.

The honeymoon is over.

What happened? We were never bothered or irritated before when they told their jokes. Why now? Is it just because we’ve been together too long? Is that why it seems as though we’ve grown apart?

I’d say no. Probably not.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that should be changed.

For instance…

Familiarity breeds, not necessarily contempt, but slothfulness; i.e.- laziness.

I’ve noticed this in my own life: in the different places I’ve worked, and in the various relationships I’ve had through the years.

Who’s the person who normally gets the brunt of our grumpiness? People to whom we’re supposedly the closest to.

Professional drivers can, at times, let their focus on safety become slack. After all, they’ve driven the same road over a thousand times, and without incident. So what if they are driving a little fast, or the road’s a little wet. They know what they’re doing.

Until the crash that claims their life, or the life of someone else

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A letter carrier, walking the same route everyday, house to house, can become so used to their surroundings they never notice when something changes. I know a guy who, after walking the same route, months on end, walked into the raised tailgate of a minivan. Cracked his head wide open.

Never saw it. He allowed familiarity to blind him.

Another guy tripped over a rock. Someone had changed the landscaping but the carrier didn’t see the change. He was blinded by familiarity. He quit looking. And broke his ankle.

Have you ever owned something brand new? You were its first owner. Remember how cautious you were with it? Careful! You don’t want it scratched, or messed up in any way.

At least for the first few months.

But, after a while…

A lot of the problems husbands and wives face stem from this thing called familiarity; not because the honeymoon is over.

No, generally familiarity leads to…

Laziness. Slothfulness in the way we look at people, treat loved ones, or even take care of ourselves.

Laziness in communication. No longer thrilled to spend a quiet evening with family; it’s just too boring.

And one day our world crashes in. Or we walk into a raised minivan tailgate.

Or our spouse walks out of our life for good. Or…

Familiarity can breed contempt. It can mark the beginning of an end. It can spell danger.

Yet familiarity isn’t a bad thing, because real intimacy grows from such closeness.

Familiarity is the outgrowth of shared experiences, even tragic experiences.

It’s easy to share nice, feel good experiences with someone you love. It doesn’t take much effort to enjoy the company of someone you’re physically and emotionally attracted to.

Familiarity is fun in those cases. Wouldn’t you agree?

But sooner or later, at some point in our lives, we’ll find ourselves in the familiar company of someone who irritates the daylight out of us. It may even be our spouse!

And yes, we may need a little space in order to return to some semblance of sanity. But let’s keep our eyes, and our heart, on the prize; the prize of intimacy with people we truly care about.

People we love.

Let’s endeavor to maintain intimacy with God, our spouse, our family and loved ones, in the bond of peace; regardless of the work involved.

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3 NKJV)

Familiarity breeds contempt?

It doesn’t have to.

And it won’t, if we will do our part.

Rain Clouds or Dirty Hands

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Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. (Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT)

I have watched people for a number of years now. I’ve seen people from all walks of life, well, a lot of them anyway. And I’ve finally come to this one conclusion.

People receive from life what they put into it.

Yes, there are some exceptions. But by and large, people reap what they sow. Only a whole lot more.

And guess what. Lazy and stingy people receive what they didn’t sow. They reap a heaping helping of nothing.

People who make up excuses for why they can’t do this or that are only excusing themselves into a life of selfishness, bitterness, and envy.

There are many people who believe managers, supervisors, CEO’s, or any kind of boss could not have reached their position without “brown nosing”. You probably know someone who fits that description.

Did you know God’s word is true whether or not anyone believes it?

Check it out:

The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor. (Proverbs 12:24 ESV)

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. (Proverbs 13:4 ESV)

Don’t be misled – you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. (Galatians 6:7 NLT)

You will ALWAYS

Perhaps it’s time to quit looking around for a reason why you CAN’T do something and find at least one reason why you can?

There will NEVER be perfect weather. There will ALWAYS be clouds in the skies of life. If you look hard enough and long enough, there will be some reason why you can’t or shouldn’t do something that would, in the long run, change your life for the better.

Abraham made it to the promised land not only because he believed God, but he got up in the morning and started walking. And kept walking, regardless of the news or the weather.

How about you?

Go ahead. Get a little wet. Set down that umbrella and put both hands on the plow. Allow yourself to be stretched; maybe a little inconvenienced. You’ll forget all about it when harvest time comes around.

People may think your nose is brown, until you show them the dirt on your hands.

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