The Pioneering Spirit

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Hebrews 12:1-3

It’s within humanity to press towards progress. To Push. To Create. To Build. To Expand. You have that drive and this pioneering spirit was placed within you by God, your creator.

A Pioneering Spirit isn’t for getting more for yourself, but to make a way for others.

The problem we face is that sin tries to distort the pioneering spirit and cause us to selfishly strive for ourselves, rather than using those blessings to bless others. When we lose sight of Jesus, we lose the Spirit of a Pioneer.

Fortunately, Jesus crossed eternity to descend to Earth, abandoning His kingly comforts embraced the poverty of humanity, He added to His divine nature; a human nature that was both fully God and fully man. He walked the earth for 33 years defying every expectation and cast off the conventional and mediocre.

Jesus is the greatest pioneer the world has ever seen. He’s the ultimate example of what it means to be a pioneer. Jesus’ purpose was to pioneer a path to God’s presence, a road laid with bricks of grace.

A Pioneering Spirit isn’t for getting more for yourself, but to make a way for others. You are called to continue this legacy of pioneering.

Pioneers don’t settle for what is normal, average or indifferent. They don’t accept “what is” but tirelessly strive toward “what could be” and “what should be”. And you are called to do the same.

Our motto should be: “I believe things can be different and I can be the difference!”

It’s time to re-awaken your pioneering spirit. Don’t do less. Don’t do little. Don’t back down. Don’t give up.


Give It Up

“My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?”
[Galatians 5:16-18 (MSG)]

At the end of Self, begins Spirit.

In the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, God used a small boy’s lunch to do the miraculous. Was he really the only person with food in that crowd? We don’t know, but out of thousands, only one little kid was bold and selfless enough to offer up his lunch to be used by Jesus. When the boy gave what little he had, God was able to do something so big that it reverberated for generations. Out of a child’s selflessness God did the miraculous.

In another story there was a widow who offered up her last bit of oil to Elijah. As she poured out what she had left, God’s endless oil began to flow. Because she was willing to give even what little she had, a miracle happened. The principle here is the same as the story of the small boy’s lunch. When we give our best, God does the rest. When we’ve done the faithful part – we can count on God to do the eternal part. Today, take what you’ve got and give it to God. He will do more with your lack than you could out of your overflow.

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
[2 Cor. 12:9]

When we get to end of ourselves, that’s when He can step in and do something miraculous.

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