Moving Up From the Mediocre Mindset
April 19, 2009
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How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics show how to become a King and how your can help Release Kings.
Conference – Our next conference is in Sebring, Florida May 8-9. It’s close to both Tampa Bay and Orlando so it’s an opportunity to see the great state of Florida… as a King. See the details on our conference page.
Kingdom Economic Summit – One of the great marketplace events we recommend is coming up April 22 in Austin, TX. The line-up of speakers make this a national event worth attending. See http://www.kingdomeconomicsummit.com. I was blessed at the last conference and will be involved in a couple of panel sessions in this one. If you can make it say Hi.
Moving Up from the Mediocre Mindset
Average is safe – I’m fascinated by the things that hold us back from achieving our full potential. One of the most common failure scenarios is resting once you get to average. The logic goes something like this, “If I try to achieve too much I may lose what I have.” The mediocre mindset is the brother of poverty. Once we fill our own cup we stop so that there really isn’t enough to give to others. Have you ever said to yourself:
* I don’t really need more things, I just need to learn to be content
*Success would be materialistic and take away from my spirituality
*God will have to open those doors for me if He wants me to multiply
*The wealthy don’t really care about poor people
*I need to zero out my desires to stay content in the will of God
*Promotion is driven by self-centered carnality, I’m more humble than that
Mediocrity is really the most common form of selfishness where we say “no” to the prosperity and influence that would position us to go beyond our own needs and bless others. The excuses are just a rationalization of why we should play it safe and not put our own needs at risk.
Life really begins when we learn to take risks for the Kingdom and get outside the circle of self. It’s actually allowing one portion of our self-life to die so that our real identity in Christ can come to the surface. Taking care of “me” is best accomplished by taking care of you from a Kingdom perspective. When I take care of God’s business, He takes care of mine…. not an easy concept to embrace!
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 The man who loves his life will lose it… John 12:23-25 NIV
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matt 10:39 NIV
The price tag for ministry – Real ministry that significantly impacts others costs two things – money and influence. We like to think that it’s spiritual to operate behind the scenes and maintain a low profile behind a facade of false humility. All we’ve done is surrender the limelight to the devil. God is looking for some Kings that are willing to allow their names to be made great and to carry enough financial leverage to bless the nations. That’s a covenant commitment not to maintain a low profile. God wants to make your name great! Are you willing to say, “yes Lord”, and then try to make it happen?
2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Gen 12:2-3 NIV
An amazing ride – Once you decide to surrender your mediocrity, an amazing thing happens. The favor of God begins to feel like the wind is at our back and doors do open when we knock on them. It’s scary. The vulnerability feels like a high-wire act and we do fall occasionally… right into the arms of a loving Father who sets our feet back on the high places. Don’t miss out on the life of Christ; it’s all about resurrections. You can fail and come back – That’s why we can afford to try.
*Love only comes to those willing to risk getting hurt. You can protect your heart by being alone, but the experience of loving and being loved is worth the risk. Martina McBride captured this point in a song: Safe in the Arms of Love.
*Prosperity only comes to those willing to “wisely” put the nest egg to work and risk losing it.
*Greatness only comes to those willing to put fear behind them and step up to the platform and make their dream come true.
Faith is a vulnerable place to live. Living to protect yourself is a prison that is boring and misses the fullness of your God-given destiny. You have to choose life. Please say yes and let the doors open. Hold on tight to what you feel inside and make that dream come true. Martina gets it.
John and Sue www.Releasing-kings.com
PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of a more relational view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
- The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
- The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
- The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at