Content With The Ordinary – Part One

All around you there are people who are content with the ordinary. And, if you begin to search for God’s best – His presence, Hos purpose, and His power – they will begin to wonder what is wrong with you and why you are not satisfied with the ordinary, the normal, and what has always been. And, because you like these people and they are fairly nice and okay folks, you will be tempted to rejoin them and stop your quest of fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Encounters with these people can be very crippling when you are working at pursuing the life that God has called you to.

Maybe the reason some of us feel surrounded by opposition as we try to live for God is that we have surrounded ourselves with the wrong people. They are not hiding outside our windows waiting to ambush us. They are sitting at our tables by personal invitation. If you are going to do what God has called you to do, you have t intentionally bring the people into your life He wants you to have. And put out the ones who subtract from your potential.

Consider the Bible examples:

Solomon was condemned for surrounding himself with foreign wives who led him into idolatry (1 Kings 11:4)

Paul encourages us to “not be midled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

Jesus put out the people in Jairus’s home who laughed at Him when He wanted to bring Jairus’s daughter back to life (see Mark 5:40)

The concept of putting people out of your life may not sound very loving. But I’m not talking about drawing a circle around people and refusing to care for the. I’m talking about drawing a circle around your spirit and allowing only certain people to affect it. There’s a big difference.

And it makes a big difference. if you told me the five people who have the most access to your life, I could predict with remarkable accuracy the course your life is going to take. Not because I am prophetic. It’s just simple logic. The people who have significant input into your life shape who you’ll become and what you’ll do.

Tough lesson to learn but one that must be grasped and applied if you want to fulfill God’s planned purpose for your life.

1 reply
  1. sheila carpenter
    sheila carpenter says:

    At the very least this belongs on Mt. Rushmore and a line of T-shirts! Many decades ago Anne Ortlund wrote a book and one line stuck with me…”eliminate and concentrate.” However, I had to learn it the hard way. But once you learn it, it makes all the painful reminders a double blessing. Many people, for many reasons, tend to be “codependent rescue players” and try to be what only GOD can be. Plus, the enemy sends hordes of spiritual assassins against anyone with a call on their lives. #1 never cast pearls before swine #2 never give what is holy to dogs #3 heed the HOLY GHOST early detection radar and avoid all that bring a check in your spirit #4 continually ask GOD for discernment.


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