MAKING MAXIMUM IMPACT (MMI)
(From the message taught by Dr. Akpo Onduku, Pastor, Chapel of Grace on Sunday 11th September)
Text: Joshua 14:12-14
There is a great difference between average people and those that are outstanding. While outstanding people are aiming at the highest possible level, the average people are aiming at the barest minimum.
What are the traits/characteristics of those making maximum impact?
i) The God Factor. It is going to be an exercise in futility if you attempt to be great without God.
Psalm 75:6-7 “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
ii. Right Motives. Your heart matters to God. Your priority must be the kingdom of God.
Psalm 37:4 (NLT) “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
iii. A Plan. It is impossible to make maximum impact without a plan. Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Psalm 20:4 (NLT) “May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.”
iv. Preparation: To achieve a goal, 70-80 percent should be used in organising and preparing. Abraham Lincoln said “”Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Proverbs 22:29 “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”
Anything you admire is as a result of diligence. Spectacular achievements is in preparation.
v. They are quick to accept challenges.
They are ready to attempt what others call impossible. Outstanding people never dread mountains (Joshua 14:12).
To them, mountains and giants provide opportunities to demonstrate the supremacy of the power of their God.
vi. Understand Seasons. Seize the moment.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
Grab that opportunity.
vii. Always Learn to Rise Up. A life without failure, setbacks, challenges and obstacles is not a life in this earth. Abraham, the father of many nations was still barren for 25 years after the promise.
Disappointments are part of life.
Paul said in Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
viii. They are absolutely committed to the cause of God.
1 Corinthians 9:27 “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
They are committed to living a lifestyle of self-control, total surrender, holiness, fasting and prayer.
ix. They volunteer involvement. They are always looking for opportunities to sow into God’s kingdom and to build for Christ. Average people see the needs but they pretend they do not (2 Samuel 7:1-3).
x. Fresh testimonies.
1 Samuel 17:34-36 “But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
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