I have a question.
I just saw a picture that said, ” You can’t have a million dollar income with a $5 mindset.” What does that mean? “Think big to earn big?” “Risk big to gain big?” And, how does this compare to our spiritual attitude? Just underneath that picture was this,
“But whatsoever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, tat I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that come from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” Philippians 3:7-9
I know that in the physical world “think big to earn big” and “no gain without risk,” is the way many people play the game.
Now let’s flip that over to the spiritual side.
When someone truly sells out to God you will see a fundamental shift of priorities. A house to live in and food to eat will still be a priority but the type of shelter and food will change. No longer will we have to have a 2000 sq. ft. plus house with an pool, indoor garage and a 70 inch television. No longer will T-bones twice a week, fish and shrimp every Friday be must haves.
When we _know_ that true wealth doesn’t belong to us and that true riches cannot be bought with money, we will begin to see beyond the very temporary and fleeting treasures.
I have taught children for years and one of the lessons I had to teach was distinguishing between good, better, and best when making decisions. It’s almost unfair to show a 4-5 year old 3 treats: a few pieces of candy, a candy bar and a piece of cake with ice cream and tell them they can only have one. They can have the candy pieces at any time, if they wait an hour they can have the candy bar, another hour and they can have the cake and ice cream. This teaches a process of critical thinking; “How much do I want the big prize? How badly do I want the candy now? Is it worth a little candy now to sit and watch others eat their cake and ice cream?”
This teaches patience, self-control, setting goals and achievements. As a parent and teacher this requires a steadfast knowledge that the process is good even when the child is crying or throwing a tantrum because they can’t have the big treat.
Now picture Satan and God. God wants us to have the big prize and he is willing to give us the big prizes to show us how much he loves us as we wait/strive for the final prize. However, Satan is trying to catch our attention with a short term pleasure/treat that will take our eyes off the prize.
God wants us to dream BIG because He is BIG God and desires to do BIG things in our lives. He wants us to push the envelope of everything we’ve ever been taught about God and what He will do for us. But, when all we are focused on is the “small stuff,” _we_, limit God.
We limit His power in our lives. We don’t give him anything to work with.
If I were to build a sky scrapper my foundation must be deeper and stronger than my foundation for a house. Just the same way Jesus is calling us to the deeper commitment/relationship with Him. He is asking us to risk everything (knowing He will take care of it) to focus on what is most precious to His heart, people.
God could call you as a pastor, an evangelist, a prophet, but just as important are the spiritual moms and dads, teachers, counselors, givers, cleaners, servants, encouragers. There are other positions that are needed and over the coarse of time we will find ourselves filling many or all of these positions. Some for a lifetime, some for a day. ALL for the Glory of His plan.
SO, Dream big, Risk everything, Trust God fully, have Faith and don’t let go or give in when everything gets hard.
Watch what God will do.