Mastery is an intensely rewarding free will decision. It also takes a crushing amount of commitment and time. Every atom in you must glow with the fervent burning desire to strive for perfection. Persistance must marry perseverance and create the offspring of…discipline.
Only a small percentage of people ever become masters here in the 5-senses world. They are the elite and the leaders among us. They are the pioneers and the Olympians. These are those who break records on the way to their goals. These men and women shatter the mold and redefine the possible.
They become our heroes.
An even smaller percentage become masters of the incorruptible. What do I mean?
“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” 1 Corinthian 9:25
What do we do to obtain the incorruptible crown? How do we strive for mastery? We become temperate.
What does temperate mean? Disciplined
What did Jesus Christ call those who were disciplined?
Ananias was a disciplined one.
“And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.” Acts 9:10
Ananias lived in Damascus and went about his daily life like any other normal Christian. Although Christians were NOT a normal thing in his day, many had taught him how. He is not mentioned as being one who walked with Jesus, or who taught in synagogues. This was just a committed follower and believer of Jesus Christ. A disciplined one. What did he answer?
“I am here Lord.”
Showing up to work or school every day takes discipline. You have to be there. You have to start with, “I am here Lord.” That’s where every mastery starts. Be there with 100% percent focus. The essence of faithfulness is just in showing up ready to work. It’s in saying, “I’m here Lord.” I may not know what comes next and I’m not going to assume, but by golly I’m here Lord. And you repeat that everyday over and over and over.
On this day, God had a special job for Ananias.
“And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.” vs. 10-12
This is a very specific detailed instruction. When I’m teaching people to hear God’s voice, we start with the basic yes and no questions. We don’t start with paragraphs. I want you to get so SURE that you hear God, that we start with the basics. We don’t leave the basics until you are getting consistent results with the yes and no’s. Did Ananias have to develop that sureness? YOU bet! Learning to tune out the ranting and ruckus of the world, takes discipline and time. Is God going to give a special job like this to a babe who doesn’t know if they can really hear His voice? No way. It would trip them up and cause them to stumble in their walk or worse. You gotta walk before you can learn to run.
Not only did God tell Ananias to go somewhere but He also asked him to operate his gift of holy spirit. Ananias would have needed 5 of the 9 manifestations to do what God asked him to do in this one job. Which ones would he need? If an apprentice electrician were to go out on a job and only know 2 of the 9 or 3 of the 9 things he needed in order to get the job done, would he be the right man for the job? No, you’d need a certified and experienced electrician. You’d need someone who had mastered the skills it takes to do those tasks. And when something strange pop up, the master electrician knows what to do.
Ananias needed to know what he could do. How did he learn the nine manifestations? He disciplined himself to learn them. What happened next?
“Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.” vs. 13-14
Haha! Something popped up! This job was not for your average guy, it was for the worst of the worst guy. What does tell it you when you see the words, “Then Ananias answered the Lord,” He had a running relationship with God and it was enough that he could discuss things with him. He talked things through and didn’t leave for the job until he understood all the aspects. How many of us hear something from God, a tidbit really, and go running off half cocked and tell all our friends about it? That’s called immaturity. We strive for a mastery. Somethings just take more time to work through. Sometimes they take more patience, more effort and more discipline. I for one am supremely thankful that Ananias did not cop out on God right here. He trusted the Master of all Masters and did what he was told. Why? Because this “bad guy” was the Apostle Paul; the man in whom God wrought special miracles and who revealed the greatness of the mystery to the whole world.
“But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake,
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.” vs. 15-17
John F. Kennedy coined the phrase that “A rising tide lifts all boats.” When you strive for a mastery with God in your life, you become the tide and the lives around you are all the boats affected by your walk. History has Ananias to thank for his walk, for his discipline and for his unwavering mastery. All I can ask is this…
What mastery will HIStory have you to thank for?
God bless you today!