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November 26, 2012

Maintenance Of The Heart

I want to share with you three things the Bible says will change you completely and will help you discover what life’s all about.

1. CHOOSE TO HAVE AN ATTITUDE ALIGNMENT – I choose to have an attitude alignment. If I am going to live a high-performance life, I have to have an attitude check. Look at Phil. 2:14, 15. “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars ….” Nothing will siphon your fuel for life faster than complaining. I call it the complain drain. Whenever I start to complain, or get negative or gripe or grumble in my life, that’s a horn that sounds in my life that says I’m getting off the road. That’s a warning light that goes off in my life that says I’m trying to move over into the driver’s seat. Because whenever you gripe, complain or grumble or get negative, basically what you are doing is you are in the passenger’s seat, moving God out of the driver’s seat. If we are honest, we’d all have to say we fall into the complain drain at times

2. CLEAN MY WINDSHIELD TO SEE THE NEEDS OF OTHERS – You see, my windshield gets a soot of selfishness on it, and it fogs up, and I can’t see out to see the needs of others. I’m so focused on my own needs because of the selfishness all over my windshield, so I have to wash my windshield so that I can look out and see the needs of others in my life. Everyone has needs around me. God wants me to get my focus off myself and onto others. Look at Phil. 2:4, 5. “Look out for each others interests, not just for your own. The attitude you should have is the one that Jesus Christ had.” If we could just see people in a different light, if we could just clean the windshield of selfishness off of our lives, so that we could see beyond ourselves, we would see that everyone has a hurt. Everyone has a need. Everyone is going through a tough time. Everyone needs a lift. The greatest leaders are servant leaders that see the people in their life for who they are. They see the needs of others, not just their own needs.

3. GIVE MY TALENTS A TUNE-UP – He gives my talents a tune-up. Jesus told a parable about a wealthy business owner who gave one of his workers five talents. He gave another worker two talents. Another one, one talent, and he said, go out and invest it, and I’m going to come back and expect a return on your investment. When he came back, the guy with five talents said, I worked real hard, and I invested it wisely, and I’ve got ten talents now. The owner said great. The other guy came up and said, I had two talents, and I invested it wisely, and I’ve got four talents to give you now. Great. The third one said, I buried my talent in the ground. Look what he says in Matt. 25:25. “So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground ….” The owner looked at him and said, we’ll take the one talent from this guy and give it to the one that has ten talents. That doesn’t seem very fair, does it? That’s the only talent he had and the owner gives it to the one with ten? That’s not fair.

Here’s the point. God has given you some opportunities to use the gifts and talents and the treasure you have to make a difference in serving in the life of someone else. We have those opportunities. We have to take advantage of them. Be aware of these blessings and don’t let them go to waste!