Yes. Your soul needs taming. You will never be the influence you are called to be if you don’t TAME your soul.

There are many dimensions to this. The most important dimension is inviting grace to change you in the ways the Bible directs. There are so many directions to live out. For example, “Do.” That is an instruction from Jesus. “Do.” Immediately you ask, “Do what?” Simple. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31) You are “it” in this great life game of tag.

But there is more. And we have to bust the myths we use to keep ourselves from doing and being all we are called to be.

Time

You have all the time you are ever going to get. So don’t let yourself believe the myth you need more time. You just need to use the time you have properly. “What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)

Ability

You don’t need more raw ability. You have all you are going to get. But you also have the option to finely tune that ability and train yourself to do what you don’t think you have the ability to do. “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.'” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

Money

Almost everything costs money. If you use time that could be exchanged for money on something else then money will run short. However, if you just keep trading your time for money you will never have more time and you probably won’t have enough money to do what you wish. Money is a seductive quantity. Never let the lack of money rule your choices. Find money. But more importantly properly allocate the money available. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Emancipation

You don’t need someone to set you free. You are not a slave. Give up hoping that people will identify with your deep desires. They are your desires, not their’s. Most won’t likely understand. And even if they do the majority of people around you are not likely to endorse your ideas when they are out of the mainstream. You just need a few advocates who believe in you and are willing to introduce you to others who need what you offer. Your emancipator is the Lord. Don’t give away your loyalty to him because others aren’t so certain as you are. Get the sequencing correct. “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)


Churched Out

One of my observations could be wrong. But I don’t think so. Here it is. I suspect that many who entertain the thoughts of investing more in ministry do so for suspect reasons. Some want to please themselves. They demonstrate they care only when it will give them a return on their investment in the accolades they receive for their service. Some follow a standard career path into ministry because they don’t think through their own unique path. Back in the day, missionaries went to offbeat places and did outrageous things others never thought of to serve the Lord. They had more autonomy to figure things out. They also were subject to the bruises experienced by loners. That opportunity to stretch their own wings was seldom offered to people entering the pastorate.

In both cases, the drive is still there to do what is expected by the people around them in their church. My thesis is that many ought to stay with the main stream. God has wired them for that. However, many others should take some big hairy audacious risks!  Nothing much will change if there aren’t a select number willing to give it all for a new idea.

It is generally understood that churches are in decline. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that true leadership in churches is also in decline. Few missions are prospering with an overflow of candidates for other cultures. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that there must be better ways to find the people the Lord wants found for these roles.

If more people would take responsibility to TAME their souls; more feet would follow! How about you?

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