Identification (John 8:18)
Jesus knew who He was. Know yourself. understand your weaknesses and know your strengths. Cultivate your strengths and deal with your weaknesses. Romans 12:3 states “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly then you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Don’t try to be what you are not. this causes insecurity, insignificance and insufficiency. Rather be the real thing. Don’t compare yourself with others. You will find someone doing a better job which will discourage you. Conversely you will find someone who does not do as well as you and this will tempt you to be prideful. Don’t copy someone. Be yourself. God takes pleasure in you as you are. He needs all kinds of people, so learn your spiritual gift. Be involved in service. (2 Corinthians 12:4-5, Philippians 4:13, 2 Peter 1:5-7, Galatians 6:4)
Motivation (John 5:30)
Please God – know why you are doing what you are doing. Who are you trying to please? You will always disappoint some people. You are both a hero and also a zero at the same time! The fear of man is a trap. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 states: “…we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people, but God, who tests our hearts.” Instead, live with one thought to please God alone.
Dedication (John 14:6)
Live with integrity and sincerity. In ages past when statues would break they would be patched with wax and painted over. Summer would arrive and the wax would melt. How do you act everyday? Hopefully not patched with wax and painted over. Not covered up, but truly sincere (2 Timothy 2:21). God doesn’t want dirty vessels. Joshua 7 tells us of the story of Achan and his sin in regard to God’s command to not take any of the devoted things. Achan takes them and then buries them. This sin has a great effect on the whole group. Joshua in finding that Achan is the culprit, comes to him and says ” ‘My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.’ Achan replied, ‘It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent with the silver underneath‘ (v. 19-21).” What draws you away from living as you ought? Recognize it for what it is, sin, and become dedicated to living a clean life for the Lord.
Concentration (John 8:14, Luke 9:51)
Focus on what is important. Jesus knew where He was going. ” ‘I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do‘ (John 17:4)” Jesus led a focused life. He didn’t heal or save everyone, but He did do everything God willed for Him to do. If your list is too big then you will either not be able to do it well or it is not God’s will. ” ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things,’ (Luke 10:41).” Satan gets us to do many good things which only leads to burn out. Keep balanced by focusing. God wants you to love Him, people and sinners.
Delegation (Mark 3:14)
Share the load. Jesus appointed the twelve to share the load. Exodus 18:17-18, 21 gives us a look into the leadership of Moses “Moses’ father-in-law replied, ‘What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him…But select capable men from all the people – men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain- and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.’ ” Divide the load. Struggling to share the load is born out of our pride, insecurity, or fear. Maybe someone else can do it better. Good if they can! Share the load and let them participate.
Mediation (Luke 5)
Get alone with Jesus often. We’re overexposed in public and underdeveloped alone. Fill your mind with God and He will change you. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16) Jesus spent the whole night in prayer prior to appointing his disciples.
Relaxation (Mark 6:31-32)
Take time to enjoy life. Come away or you will come apart. Rest in Christ and turn yourself over to Him. Slow down. Take one day off and rest to understand what God is saying. Become refreshed. Make life fun. (1 Timothy 6:17) You will burn out if you take yourself too seriously and don’t take God seriously enough.
Education (Luke 2:52)
You can’t take people farther than you go. “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.” (Ecclesiastes 10:10) Study the Word; memorize the Word; live out the Word. Work smarter not harder. Be encouraged. God wants you to be balanced! Mix all these eight truths together and it will be a wonderful life for you.
By Milton Eder