Day 30 | You've Always Had It
- P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
- P.A.S.S.—Pray Prior | Author's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Remember you are repurposed and ready for ministry because you are a subject of the Lord who now takes control of the life and the skill, talent, and abilities you have and will use them for His purposes not your purposes.
23 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well what is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies,
for that food is deceptive.
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
do not crave his delicacies;
7 for he is the kind of person
who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Do not speak to fools,
for they will scorn your prudent words.
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you.
12 Apply your heart to instruction
and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
and save them from death.
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad indeed;
16 my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it—
wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
25 May your father and mother rejoice;
may she who gave you birth be joyful!
26 My son, give me your heart
and let your eyes delight in my ways,
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,
and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in wait
and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
32 In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”
Goal: You have always had it—you are just repurposed
The one discipline I see men overcomplicate more than any other is this one - ministry. Simply because most think that ministry is something you do after you have a career or in place of a career. We hear about people going to “a mission field” as we assume the mission field is somewhere else, requires a ton o preparation, and that there are only a few that do it. And this is a severe misunderstanding we have that complicates the whole thing. Ministry is not something you do as a vocation (even though some do). It’s not something you do when you are prepared (in the Bible, few are prepared for it, and there are tons of examples). Ministry is not optional (everyone is required to do it, it’s a lordship requirement) So let’s agree from here on out you are a minister of Jesus. Accept this requirement and then discover how to do it.
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.—Matthew 12:33
For as he thinks within himself, so he is.—Proverbs 23:7
Jesus, in the text above, is exposing the incongruency of the religious leaders by connecting their words and actions to their motive. He does this with a cause and effect analogy—healthy trees produce good fruit, and the unhealthy ones do not.
In the same way, the words and actions of a man reflect the heart of a man. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said it this way "Man becomes what he thinks about all day long." The outer man and his actions are the results of the inner man and his thoughts.
But being God's man does not mean that we focus only on the fruit of our lives. Far too often, men fall into the trap of trying to produce the right results while ignoring the importance of being the right man. The fruit of a man's life will always reflect his motivation (what's in his heart). Stop thinking only about trying to say and do the right things. Become the right man, carefully attending to your heart, and you will always produce spectacular results.
DO THIS: Focus on your heart and motive by taking an extended time to pray.
PRAY THIS: God, I want you to check my motive today. Test me and make sure my heart is pure.
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