I would like to take credit for the following.
But it would be dishonest of me to say that I didn’t get prompted to write the following after I read a piece by Arthur Burk and Margaret Lehman from the Sapphire Blessing Application available for smartphones.
Seriously, gang, this is one app that is worth the charge of a few bucks per month for something that would provide a deep piece of life.
With that disclaimer and credit out of the way, onto the heart of the post.
More Than Sincerity….Effectiveness.
It takes more than our own capacity to do something that is the object of our dreams.
In order to take on a dream and to bring it to fruition, we not only have to dream and see the good thing Father has given us. we must also undertake and understand the process by which the dream comes into being.
It is not just something that God merely does without our assistance, or something that just happens.
It takes work….considerable work…on our part, and the setting together of many different principles to cause something to happen.
Bringing a vision to pass is not just about having the vision. It is about writing that vision down, and seeing what parts are your responsiblity, and breaking those parts of yours into measurable principles, weaving together those principles into tasks, and the tasks into something sustainable.
We don’t do more of it faster and harder if it is not working.
Rather, we change our tool, our principle that is not working for one that may work.
We were made for something, and the Lord does not bring it to pass unless….
Moses climbs the mountain.
Solomon forms a political alliance with King Hiram of Tyre.
David kills a lion and a bear.
David sings in the fields with his flocks.
Jesus learns masonry and building construction in the stonemason’s shop.
John the Baptizer dwells in the desert.
Samson keeps his hair long.
Adam communicates to Eve.
Eve comes against the serpent.
The eleven tarry.
Saul asks for Ananias.
Orville and Wilbur understand birdflight.
And make several trips.
And care for their colleagues more than their flying contraption.
And hours of being ridiculed behind closed doors while they experiment behind the bike shop.
We move into our realm of reality.
And stay in a church that does nothing for us.
Or with people that are little more than obstacles.
On the way to an assignment.
And flow outward to a church where you are not fed, but rather you do your work in feeding others.
And remember what He did for you.
Gang, we must move past sincerity, to the place where we embody principles.
Because dreams become reality when vision moves into principles.
With credit to Arthur Burk for catalyzing this concept repeatedly.
Stop being a sincere, slothful idiot (from the Greek idiotes, meaning “unlearned” or “someone who does not understand”).
You were made for more than just drooling and waiting for God to do it.
You were made for partnership with him.
Partnership means you bring some of the resources and capacity to develop skill to the table.