Say “NO” To Mediocrity
Day 13 – January 20, 2018
At Destiny, we want people to Know God and then Find Freedom. We want people to experience a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that results in freedom from slavery to sin. But our plan, and God’s plan for life does not stop with that. We also want people to Discover Purpose and Make a Difference. God has a plan for each of our lives, and that plan involves making an impact on the people around us.
Unfortunately, I have met many people who think that being a Christ-follower means to go to church and try to be good. That kind of approach to life will only lead to mediocrity at best. The Apostle Paul gave us a much better picture of the way we should live our lives.
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT)
If the Apostle Paul could not reach perfection, I doubt that you will. But that did not stop him from engaging in the great adventure of affecting as many people as possible toward the kingdom of heaven. You and I need to live that same way. We recognize that God is not done with us. We still need to grow. But we push past our past and aggressively pursue the purpose and plans God has for our lives.
As we move on into week three of 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, we are going to be looking away from ourselves and looking toward others. God wants to use us to reach others. Do not fall for the lie that you have to be perfect in order to do that. But we should all be conscious of our sin and failure and confess those things to God.
We should never learn to live with sin. God will not use us the way He plans if we live with impurity. But when we sin, the bible says, “If we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing” 1 John 1:9 (TEV). That is how we become pure. We confess our sins, and He purifies us. And as we continue on toward transformation, God will deliver us from evil.