“A Hunger to Produce More”

“A Hunger to Produce More”
Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr.
Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

Have you ever accomplished something that you thought was nearly impossible?  I did earlier this year when I ran the Ukrops 10K.  I did not want to run this race.  Period.  I hadn’t trained for it and I knew my usual 20 minute jog around the neighborhood was a far cry from a 6.1 mile run!  But, when I found out a friend had registered for the 10K and realized a few days before the race that she wouldn’t be able to do it, I said, “Ok.”  I was afraid to say the least.  What if I can’t finish?  What if I have to tinkle before the end and there’s no place to use the bathroom?  What if I catch a cramp?  Eeek!  But, something happened the morning of the race.  I woke up and thought to myself, “I can do this… if God helps me!”  And, that’s exactly what happened.  Without stopping my jogging pace, I crossed the finish line, 1 hour and 17 minutes later!  I surprised myself and learned that yes, the slow and steady turtle does finish the race!  This story is just a simple example of the meaning behind this message:  Look your challenge in the face and give it your best.  We should always have a hunger to do more, be better, and grow as God’s children.

We are made in God’s image and we have authority on the earth as His children.  That means we can no longer become discouraged when we look at the way things are because we can change things.  When God presents you with a challenge, don’t frown, don’t pout, and don’t complain.  See it as an opportunity to exercise your spiritual muscles and gifts.  One of God’s greatest pleasures is when He looks down on the earth and sees Himself in us!

During the message, Bishop shared a personal testimony about our church.  Mt. Gilead started with just 25 members.  But, now the membership stands at over 7,000.  Many times God will start us out with something small before blessing us with something big, so that He can get the glory.  Every Pastor probably dreams of inheriting a big congregation, but can you build one?  It’s this building process that teaches us how to depend on God.

Matthew 25:14-16 (NIV) Parable of the Talents
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, according to his ability… The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more…”

As you can see from the scripture, the man with five talents was able to double what he was given.  In the same way, we are built to produce more than is given to us.  We were made to dominate our challenges, not suffer through them.  Some of us just don’t realize how much power we have.

Matthew 18:18 (NIV)
“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Another scripture example – the Lord gave Adam authority to name all the animals of the earth.  God didn’t do it.  He gave man the power to do it:

Genesis 2:19 (NIV)
“Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air.  He brought them to the man to see what he would name them, and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.”

Something to think about: Determination will take you further than your intelligence.  Don’t quit when challenges come your way.  With men, it may be impossible, but with God ALL things are possible.

1 Comment

  1. I love this message. Is this from last night? I love being able to get a Word from my Bishop even though aIm miles away. Thanks Amie and the WNS crew! 🙂

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