Jul 15, 2015
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Let me share with you something that will set you FREE for creative works. It is this: BE UNIQUE. Serve God in the giftings He has given YOU. Many people―many rabbis and ministers―are serving God as “Copy Cats.” That is, they are copying other ministers or ministries: some unknowingly have been doing this from the start―not even realizing it.
You may ask, “How
are they copying―or, trying to copy―others?” Here are some
examples: Style, Content, Organization, Outreach, Solicitation. To
be effective at maximum efficiency, productivity and anointing you
must minister, or serve the LORD, in your own unique way. You do
NOT need to―nor are you required to―be like others.
JUST BE YOU!
Let's discuss some areas to clarify our premise.
FAITH: What faith is –
Faith is the underpinning―the knowing―that you already own, or have, what you are hoping for and attempting. Why then would you want to copy someone else's pursuit of something that is NOT yours?
GREATNESS: Making your mark in life –
Great marks in life start small. Obedience produces opportunity for Kingdom advance. So obey God in what He is leading you and He will open doors. He sees!
DECISION MAKING: The point of decision –
Large decsions in life are the composite of the smaller, or minor, decisions you have made, or are making. Learn to make the right move at each point of decision.
Understanding can wait, but obedience can not.
Doubt will erase the mark you want to make in life. Our brother James (Hebrew = Jacob) taught:
“When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. that person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” – James 1:6-8
Doubt usually comes from any of four sources:
Do NOT doubt when you have the vision—when you know—that you own what you are attempting.
Start where you're at―even if it's small—and be like the “Energizer Bunny.”
“Those who have made fun of this day of small beginnings will rejoice when they see Zerubbabel holding this important stone. Those seven lamps are my eyes—the eyes of the Lord—and they see everything on this earth.” – Zechariah 4:10
There was an NBA basketball player named John Stockton that lots of peole never remember … or even heard about. Before turning pro, he played at a small college in his home town. He just did his job as point guard. But he was like the Energizer Bunny. He left the NBA after 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, holding a mass of assists records, including the career mark (15,806). He led the league in steals twice and, with a career total of 3,265, he retired as the NBA's all-time leader. He played all 82 games in 17 of his 19 seasons and his career shooting percentage was .515, a remarkable statistic for a guard. "There absolutely, positively, will never ever be another John Stockton – ever," said Karl Malone, Stockton's teammate for 18 seasons.
John Stockton was NOT trying to copy―or, be like―anyone else. He just used what giftings he had for 19 seasons. The Jazz never missed the playoffs during Stockton's career and they reached the Western Conference Finals five times in a seven-year span. He left his mark on the game! Famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said Stockton was the NBA player he enjoyed watching the most and the only one he would pay to see.
You are not always the best person to judge your uniqueness! Especially if you're feeling low or insecure. But … YOU are the only one who can make a difference with what God has given YOU. When you hear voices telling you that you are not talented enough or good enough, talk them down. Tell them that YOU are the only one who can do what God has called YOU to do.
Above all, do NOT get yourself―or your service for God―into a position where you are on a “gristmill” working to maintain and NOT to be creative. Georges St-Pierre, Mixed Martial Arts champion says it well: “You can tell when your enemy is defeated mentally because he is fighting not to lose instead of fighting to win.”
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My friend, let me ask you the most important question of your life: If you were to die right now, do you know for sure that you would go to Heaven? If not, pray this prayer:
“God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, if Jesus is really my Messiah, please reveal Him to me and I will serve You the rest of my life. Please forgive my sins. Help me to live for you the rest of my time on earth, and take me to Heaven when I die. Amen.”
Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai.
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