Ring! Ring! Ring! That’s the sound of your alarm clock going off in the morning to let you know that it’s time to get ready for work. Your body feels so tired, and your mind is still groggy so you press the snooze button again and again. Unfortunately, that’s how some of us have allowed ourselves to get when it comes to putting forth the effort to do and plan for things that will help us to get ahead in life. We don’t always feel like putting in the work in order to grow. We feel lackadaisical when it comes to the things of God as well. However, know today that it is time to move forward: Move forward in life, in your calling, in your purpose, and in your assignment. Prepare to carry it out because the time to execute is now.
In order to ascend, we have to put in the work. Sometimes, the only thing that’s stopping us is our unwillingness to grow. Growth will forever be a part of life. We want to know how to grow our money, but we don’t want to read or listen to the experts that God has placed in our path. We want to be healthier, but we eat candy all day. It all starts with a renewed mind. Romans 12:2 (AMP) says to “be transformed and progressively changed by renewing your mind (focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes)...” The way to combat the lackadaisicalness is to focus on the things that will motivate us. That means we also have to do what Philippians 4:8 tells us: “whatever is true, honorable, worthy of respect, pure, wholesome, lovely, and brings peace,...think on those things.” This means that we cannot think negatively about ourselves. When you have set your goals, do not tell them to anyone who is just going to tell you what can’t be done or what won’t work. Everyone around you does not believe in you. Make your plans, get a schedule, and let’s move forward.
To be lackadaisical means to have no enthusiasm or determination. It means to be lazy, careless, lax, half-hearted, and lethargic. We might not always realize it, but we get this way concerning our purpose in God as well. 1 Corinthians 15:58 tells us to be “steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord (always doing your best), being continually aware that your labor (even to the point of exhaustion) in the Lord is not futile nor wasted (it’s not in vain or without purpose)” (Amplified Bible). The word steadfast means to be firm, or unwavering, in your purpose. Whether it is in the church or outside of the church, God gives us assignments so that we can impact the world around us, and we have to be careful to steward the impact well. Others are watching and taking notes. Let’s look at this through the lens of business. Picture it: you work at a bakery, and you are the one that is in charge of keeping up with the number of orders from customers who order online. What would happen if you decide that you would check the online orders at the end of a month instead of checking daily? The bakery would suffer tremendously by losing customers and finances because you were not steadfast nor were you excelling (abounding) in your works. The impact could either be negative or positive. In this case, it is negative.
Now, let’s look at this from within the church walls. What happens when we become lethargic concerning corporate prayer? We have to be careful about this. What happens when the worship team does not ever want to come to practice? What if the pastor never came to church? What if no one ever cleaned the church? Everyone’s part is important. It is important to press toward the mark as you take up your part in that organization. Intercessors have to pray and seek God concerning that ministry. Ministry leaders cannot become laxed. These are the examples of things that will decrease momentum. Momentum has nothing to do with doing this or that: it has to do with everyone being in their place and doing their assignment consistently. The execution is for the impact with which God is entrusting you.
Now is a time of birthing and excelling. Let’s shake off the lethargy and the negative mindset. Let’s put practical strategies in place and remain steadfast concerning our purpose. As a matter of fact, we have been summoned to duty and drafted in God’s army. March forward, soldiers: it’s time to execute.