Wow! Mark Batterson is simply blowing my mind! I love Primal and specifically chapter 8… Sweat Equity!
The first thing that came to mind as I began reading this chapter is the quote “Same blood in the same mud”. You hear military men use this phrase when speaking of fellow war buddies. It refers to the bond they have after experiencing life changing circumstances on the battle field. We have a Savior that has battled and defeated the enemy and we owe Him much more than we are currently offering. How we spend our physical and spiritual energy is how we show appreciation to Christ for suffering on the cross for our sins.
In Chapter 8 Batterson puts the “pedal to the metal” and challenges us to put our faith into action. If we truly love the Lord then our love will result in actions. I believe the church is suffering from two great sins and Mark Batterson highlights them in Primal and especially in chapter 8. We suffer from apathy and mediocrity. If we have truly had a heart transplant then our hearts should break for same things that break the heart of God. Seeing His children not use the gifts He has given them simply breaks the heart of God. “Potential is God’s gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to God.”
Batterson also challenges us to act upon the God ideas. Quit operating in a “red light” mode paralyzed by the fear of failure. The biggest failure is disobedience to His calling within your life. Mistakes will always be made but living a life of fear and regret is not a mistake, it’s a failure.
I will leave you with one last thought from the book that has ripped me to my core and brought me back to focus on what He has called me to do.
“The risk is taking no risks. And it’s not just risky, it’s wrong. Righteousness is using all of our God-given gifts to their full God-given potential. Love doesn’t play it safe; it takes risks. Love doesn’t make excuses; it takes responsibility. Love doesn’t see problems; it seizes opportunities to step up and step in.”
If we truly love Jesus why are so many of us scared to take a risk for Him? Why do we keep making excuses? Why are we letting fear dictate our future instead of faith? If we truly believe in the God vision He has placed within us then He will provide the means to make it happen. Our job is to be ready to move and the prompting of the Holy Spirit without fear or hesitation.
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“Society’s relentless focus on people’s shortcomings had turned into a global obsession.” Tom Rath
Do you ever feel stuck in your current career path and/or daily life? Maybe you are not living through your natural God given strengths? I am current reading Strength Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. Tom is a New York Times bestselling author and I am quickly discovering why. We spend many hours, stress, and heartache trying to become “better” at areas of our personality and life that we are simply not naturally gifted in. Why? Well, exactly! We simply shouldn’t! Today I will take take the online 30 min. comprehensive strengths finder survey (free with book purchase) and share the results in a future post. I encourage you to click this book and purchase your copy today. Your life can be a happier and more fullfilling one using the natural strengths God has given you.
Excerpt page 29
Our natural talents and passions — the things we truly love to do — last for a lifetime. But too often, our talents go untapped. Mark Twain once described a man who dies and met Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. Knowing that Saint Peter was very wise, the man asked a question that he had wondered about throughout his life.
He said, “Saint Peter, I have been interested in military history for many years. Who was the greatest general of all time?”
Saint Peter quickly responded, “Oh that’s a simple question. It’s that man right over there.”
“You must be mistaken,” responded the man, now very perplexed. “I knew that man on earth, and he was just a common laborer.”
“That’s right my friend,” assured Saint Peter. “He would have been the greatest general of all time, if he had been a general.”
This list is from Killing Cockroaches written by Tony Morgan. This book is listed on my reading list if you would like to purchase it. Enjoy!
10 Easy Ways To Make Church Services More Boring p.19
1. Don’t worry about when you finish. I’m sure no one has plans after the service.
2. Straight Scriptures, no stories. Jesus didn’t teach that way, but you’re obviously a better teacher than Jesus.
3. No television, no movies. It’s just a phase. People don’t really need visual stimulation. They prefer talking heads.
4. Use the same service order. Every week. No exceptions. Ever!
5. Make more announcements.
6. Encourage elementary school kids to sit through your services. They love lively 45-minute sermons. It’s good for them. It builds character.
7. Talk more about the past and less about the future.
8. Use the same song every week. And try the chorus one more time.
9. Use lots of big words that no one uses in normal, everyday life.
10. Forget relevant topics and life application. That’s overrated. People are really only intrested in hearing what you think, not why it matters to them.
“Ok, you probably get the point. The question is this: What are you doing to make your services memorable and impactful? Or do you believe unchurched people, people who aren’t already in a relationship with Jesus, should just be expected to show up and put up with something they perceive as boring?” by Tony Morgan