Have you ever heard of the “Be, Do, Have” philosophy?
Be, Do, Have is an incredible truth but most of us get it backwards. We think that once we have a million dollars, or a college degree, or extra time, then we’ll do something important with it and then we’ll be a great person. I heard the principle in a leadership seminar last week and here’s something I’ve noticed. All the best principles come from the Word of God and they are provable in our own lives. But Where is it in the Word? And what is this thing? Instead of having it mixed up and backwards, we need to turn it and our priorities around. We first work on who we are on the inside to be a great person, then we’ll do something great with ourselves, and then we’ll have whatever we need. Here in Mark there’s example of someone getting this mixed around.
“And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, (the word “loved” is the Greek word “agapaō”, which means “the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation”) and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” Mark 10-17-24
This section is so fascinating! Here Jesus beholds and walks in love/agapaō towards this man, and you know he asks God what to say. All of the money the man had earned on his own, and had gathered it around him of his own might. They were now standing in his way of even greater riches because he’d learned to depend on THEM not God. His priorities were mixed up. This story shows how hard it is to trust in God after years of trusting in what someone has or on himself.
I used to think that if I had a degree at a noteworthy college then I would really succeed.
When I broke down that motive in my heart; by going to God and asking Him, I realized that I wanted the degree so people would respect me more. I had decided that once I had a degree then I’d really serve God, I’d really do something special for Him. He reminded me that if I just worked on my walk with Him He would lead me into that great service. He would lead me into speaking the right word and the right time to the right person. In that, I could affect vast ripples of change throughout the world. Wow! But I, like that rich man, had to trust God to get me there. Not the college degree, not money, not a business. God. What a perspective change huh? Here is the verse where Gods’ asks us to “Be, Do, and then Have”.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
We decided to trust and lean not on our own understanding and acknowledge him, then He shall direct our paths. Verse 13 of the same chapter says…
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.” 13-16
Look at all that you reap in reward just by finding wisdom from God? Wow! And this verse goes on and on but I think you get my point. Be God’s best today! You only have now to ask, “God if you were me what would you do?”. Then DO it. Do your best. The deliverance comes in the doing of the Word, not in the hearing only. Your “haves” are your path filled with wisdom, directed by the One who knows everything that will ever be profitable to you. Use your NOW to BE the best you can possibly be. God Bless You Today!
What difference can a day make in your walk with God?
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” 2 Peter 3:8
God knows each and every one of His children and is personally involved in their lives. How could one of our days be like a thousand years? Well, God is so fully aware and involved in so many lives, that each day is filled with at least a thousand years worth of blessings, details and deliverance. If we thought about time the way that He did, it would take us millions of pages to write out one little day. There are people being born, people falling asleep, people needing other people, and a quadrillion details in between all over this planet that God takes care of for us.
So what could one day change in MY life?
Well, thank God we don’t have His job. Comprehending and understanding God is no more possible than the bread comprehending the baker. But we can be more intentional with our days. And each day try to drive a little harder towards God. I often ask the question: “God if you were me what would you do today?” Each day we can work to ask that questions one more time than the last day. If we fail, as in turf in our teeth fail, we need to remember that,…
Yesterday ended last night.
We have the choice to keep dragging those failures along with us, or we can let go of them. That doesn’t mean you don’t take responsibility for them, it simply means you don’t beat yourself up over and over.
“Be ye careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
“Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 8:6-8
Why would God tell us, His little kids, to think like this?
He made us. He knows our minds can only hold one thought at a time. If we are thinking positive thoughts, we will have peace. If we stop worrying, we see results. It is principle and amazing how things turn around just by controlling our thoughts!
Are you hanging on to something from yesterday? Fill your mind with that Word of God today. Be intentional today. If the failure tries to sneak back up, ignore it and make your mind track down the positive instead. Great cargo comes in over quiet seas. Your mind is the sea for God’s great revelations and blessings, keep it quiet and thankful. Before long your days will fill with sensational truths and peace.
God bless you TODAY!
Here’s the scene. You watch in the mall, as three grown men ogle a woman wearing a dress too short for her leg length and a top cut too low for her shoulder width. She looks like a walking wardrobe malfunction, or a cry from the wild Amazonian jungle. But that’s just it…she isn’t walking she is sa-shaying away; hypnotizing the men with the sway of her hips. From that incident we women, who wear capris that are too long for our stubby legs, and a top named after a dead-old-maid, gather that men only want sex-appeal from us. As sure as I am that the first woman is stopping traffic and causing wrecks, I am also sure that men are smarter than that. What am I talking about?
Yes, sex and the kind that makes you sigh into your coffee with delight when your sweetie walks by the next morning. Here’s the difference between the first woman and the second. Confidence. Let me test this out on the men for a second. Have you ever seen your woman drop her conversation to watch a six-pack with no shirt working in a yard? Ah-hem…yes…you have. Women do the same thing won’t we? Could the men assume from seeing their women do is that all WE want is sex appeal from our man. Is that true girls? Nahhhh! Not at all!
(I can hear my mother now…Terri, this is a Christian website and you’re not supposed to talk about sex on here! Lol…) I’m not talking about just sex. I’m talking about GOOD sex, with respect. Sure, it’s a Christian topic. I don’t want to have to bring up all the men and women of the Old Testament who “got it on,” to prove it to you. Or how much Paul had to talk about not getting it on with people outside your marriage. It’s all over the Bible.
There are 3 Kinds of Love; Agape (the love of God), Philos (familial/friendship love), and Eros (sexual love). If you build a relationship on the love of God, you’ll enhance the other two by using it. But if you are hot under the collar with eros, and then try to build the other two, you get it backwards. Sure… the sex is great, but after a while you don’t like the other person and things degrade from there.
Here’s the bottom line folks. God designed our bodies, He designed our minds, He knows what flips “the switch” for each gender and He’s not a prude. Take God out of the box and ask Him what you can do to bless your sweetie in the sack. Respect the other person and start incorporating agape into your eros. You’d easily ask what God would do to bless a friendship, why not here as well? It sure makes it a lot easier for the man to say no to the constant bombardment of temptation and the woman as well. Just a tip here, be willing to do whatever God says. My hubby brought me a shoe-shelf one time and got me all hot and bothered. HA! Boy was he surprised! The point is; he was willing to bless me the way God asked and he does it everyday. I try to do the same. We became lifelong companions who are deeply in love. You can have this too! But you have to do it God’s way.
Now; just like in so many of my posts I talk about what God is okay with–and what isn’t Him at all. It really boils down to two things either you’re humble to God, or you’re prideful. Either you’ll do things God’s way, or you gotta do it your own way. This issue is problematic for either gender. Chauvinism (male or female), arrogance, ego, destructive behavior physically or mentally, these are on the pride side with anything. It goes for sex as well. If you are being this way towards another person…it actually destroys what is so great about great sex. If you are in a situation with someone, male or female like this, go to God. Ask if that will ever change. If not, ask God what to do about it. Every situation is unique. Sometimes a healing is required. Sometimes nothing can be done. That’s when you have to decide.
I’ll leave you with this verse.
“I [am] my beloved’s, and my beloved [is] mine…” Song of Songs 6:3a
God Bless You Today!