This is a challenge. To not allow things or thinking to stop us from tapping into the potential God has placed inside each one of us.
Image plays a part.
So does IDEALISM. I would describe this as the pursuit of ones own ideals. That dream, that romantic view of how things should be, the perfect scenario of how God can use me. Extremely idealistic, just not very realistic.
Maybe the man in Matthew 25 given one talent had an idea of what he could do but as he thought about it more the need for everything to be right before he moved took over and eventually stopped him from doing anything.
You know the problem. Everything has to be ‘just’ right. Everything in its place. If it won’t work out that way, then why bother. Such an idealistic approach will put limits on me.
I think of the rich young ruler who had a perfect idea of what it meant to follow God. Jesus challenged this, made it messy and uncomfortable, maybe a little more chaotic. But that’s okay. To take the limits off may involve a change of thinking from ‘It’s not what I wanted so I couldn’t possibly’ to ‘It’s what God wants so I couldn’t possibly not’.
I need to be less idealistic and more realistic, let go of my need for things to be perfect and be intentional about doing SOMETHING and TRUSTING God for how it might turn out. I just need a VISION, an IDEA and to then start to work towards it.
INDECISION. The challenge of what to do & when to do it. That certainly effects my willingness to use all that God has placed inside me. Maybe the man in the story suffered from indecision and then as a last resort just put the talent in a safe place, to return when appropriate.
Indecision is the friend to missed opportunities. It’s fellow team players are doubt, procrastination, hesitation, wavering, uncertainty, ambivalence and dithering. It leads to laying on my death bed wondering what might have been. The thing with indecision is that while I stand still, someone else may possibly step in to take my place.
‘For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?’
There is a time to wait.
There are times to pray.
Then there are times just to step up & get involved.
The Apostle Paul uses a great phrase over and over again…
But now I urge you to keep your courage
Therefore I urge you, in view of God’s mercy to offer you bodies as living sacrifices, holy & pleasing to God…
I urge you brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ….to join me in my struggle by praying
1 Corinthians 4:16
I urge you to imitate me
2 Corinthians 2:8
I urge you therefore, to reaffirm your love to him
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received
I urge you to pray
1 Peter 2:11
I urge you as aliens & strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires….
I urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to you
Urgency cancels out indecision.
Urgency makes me act before I have too much time to think about what I am doing.
This is not a time for indecision. This is our ONE life & we MUST not let it pass us by.
None of us can afford to be indecisive. After all, Jesus simply says FOLLOW ME. He never said where to, what would be involved or how things would pan out.
Let’s take the limits off. What’s stopping you?