Part 3 of 4
By Pastor Dave
The I is for Inspire. Why is it that some people have a gift to inspire? They are part of the class of dreamers or visionaries that seem to get the whole picture. It seems that without even trying they get immersed in some great cause no matter how trivial it may seem to others and end up inspiring them to get off their duffle bag and join the cause.
I recently was given a quote I want to share with you. “You don’t have to be a hero to accomplish great things–to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.” Sir Edmund Hillary That “ordinary chap” was the first to climb Mt. Everest. If that is all it takes to inspire, I guess you and I can do that.
We live in such a negative world and the can’t doers seem to far out number the can doers. You can inspire with word but the best inspiration is backed up by deeds. It was David a shepherd boy who was so caught up in the reputation of God that he went against all odds and stood against Goliath, inspired a nation, pleased God and got the blessing of the God of heaven
In the heat of battle in the Civil War when the battle was in chaos it was Robert E. Lee that said “There stands Jackson like a stone wall.” Hence the great general we know as “Stonewall Jackson.” All he did was stand his ground and became an inspiration for an army. We have the choice to inspire every day. Children take their lead and get their inspiration from the adults in their life. You and I have a grave responsibility to have the character and the courage to set a good example to those who look to us for inspiration.
Someone once taught me a simple ditty that has stayed with me all these years. Sow a thought, reap an action, sow an action, reap a habit, sow a habit, reap a character, sow a character, reap a life style. Who we really are on the inside will become the seeds of our inspiration for good or bad.
As a Christian, our everyday holiness, truthfulness, love, diligence to our duties and our dedication to the cause of Christ will be the power of our inspiration to others. It is righteousness that touches the heart in the midst of this world’s sinfulness. Our greatest example of inspiration is in Matthew 27:54 when the centurion who helped nail Jesus to the cross and witnessed all that happened at the cross, heard his words to his father, to the one thief, his prayer for his father to forgive, the darkness, the earthquake, his single righteous example because he could see this man was not guilty of what they said. The verse says “They feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” It is what Christ did that inspired the centurion. In the gruesome and inglorious death of the crucifixion, the soldier came to believe in Christ and glorified God by his words in Luke 23:47. This is inspiration that took that man into the kingdom of God as well as the thief that went with him. We should live to inspire others in the little things we do every day for every deed is important and inspiring when we do it for God’s glory in the name of his son Jesus Christ and in the power of his Holy Spirit.
I leave you in this “power of inspiration” one more thought and that is your thoughts. If your thoughts are “I can’t” I say then you won’t, but remember, memorize, place deep in your heart. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).
To be continued ………………..