I urge you, then – I who am a prisoner because I serve the Lord: live a life that measures up to the standard God set when He called you.
Inspiring to Excellence
Pride is a funny thing. We know that a prideful spirit is a sin, but it’s “funny”
how pride works – how pride gets in the way of the Spirit.
The talks that are given on the Kairos weekend all blend together to form one
message. So, no talk stands by itself. It relies on the message of the talks
that come before it, and it lays foundation for the talks that come after it.
We ask the persons who give the talks to be obedient to the talk’s outline.
They must make sure that they are good stewards of the talk. They must share
how their journey gives evidence to the truth found in the talk. And they must
do this in a way where they make themselves vulnerable. Vulnerable – to the
Holy Spirit, the team, and the residents.
We ask every speaker to realize that the team “owns” the talk, and that the
speaker is accountable to the team for their portion of the larger “Talk”. So,
every talk must be heard and reviewed by team members.
This review is often called a “critique”.
Rather than “critiquing” a talk, think of this review as a chance to inspire others to excellence. Let the spirit of those reviewing the talk be one that will lift up the speaker and encourage them. This includes when you lovingly identify problems. You present them with a solution, not a judgement, suggesting improvements.
Let the speaker’s each approach the talk reviews not with that troublesome, prideful spirit, but with humility. The speaker should earnestly listen and
respond to the reviewer’s suggestions which are offered in love.
Inspire others to excellence? Wouldn’t our world be a better place if we lived
to inspire rather than to critique?
What is God saying to me through this Word?
What kind of progress am I making in measuring up to God’s standard?
Prayer Focus: Lift up all who are prisoners because they serve Christ.
May we all pay attention to the words we use use in our everyday life. Our accuser is constantly critiquing our choices and our actions, tearing us down for not attaining a standard of perfection we have never been asked or designed to attain. We don't want to join him in his tactics to tear down and destroy.
It is important to remember, our God wants our best with Him, period. He never says we are to be perfect in the understanding the world has today; to be without error or to be performing or achieving at the highest level known of today.
When we are living our life "perfectly in Christ," we are living life to the fullest, applying the truths of God we know to our everyday life and lifestyle. We are letting the Holy Spirit guide us and lead us into all truth. We are having a growing understanding and revelation of the person of God as well as "who" He has made us to be.
The only standard that God has for each of us is this--He wants our whole heart for Him with nothing held back in reserve. Our God knows this is not an event in our life, it is a process. This is why we are told that He is faithful to complete His good work in each of us, without exception, as we love Him the best we are able.
May we all accept that God has made each of us to be His blessing in the world today, wherever we are. We are to lift up, encourage and enable those around us to be all they are. We are looking for the best in them and speaking to their good and not their worst.
This is the same loving kindness our God gives to us; drawing us to Him and helping us to grow and mature, becoming healthy children who honor and respect their heavenly Father in every way.