Free from the Stronghold of Mediocrity
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
Mediocrity stands at our door and begs to enter our lives. Once in, this stronghold brings reinforcements of defeat, denial, placidity and much more. A host of mediocrity is easily satisfied with irresponsible and inferior work, feeble attempts at relationships, and in fact, it is satisfied with feeble attempts at perfecting almost every area of our lives.
There’s no room for mediocrity in the life of a believer. God does not call us into this life of mediocrity. He calls us to excel. He gives us the victory in Christ Jesus. He gives us access to all spiritual gifts. His requirement is to submit to him and his will.
When a problem arises, a host of mediocrity will give in and blame others or even God instead of its own feeble attempts. If we give in to mediocrity we settle for less. If we settle for less we get less. God will not trust an important task to a host who harbors mediocrity, particularly if fear has ushered it in.
The Lord does not deal lightly when fear and mediocrity take over the spirit of his people. At these times faith, love for, and trust in God is weak.
Victory is never the goal of mediocrity. However, victory may even be demanded by the host without warrant. When a placating spirit joins it, the host feels justified to continue harboring this dangerous stronghold. Dangerous because, mediocre attempts to raise a child, perform a duty, carry through with a requirement at work, or in any other area can begin a series of catastrophic events that may be irreversible.
1. Do everything as if you were doing it for God. Your passion should be in pleasing God, who created you, who provided for you, and who is waiting for you to fulfill the hope of your calling.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.
2. Give generously, willingly, and cheerfully whenever you can. God doesn’t want your scraps. He doesn’t want your food or shelter. He wants your heart.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
3. Strive for excellence in word, deed, and thought. Keep your mind focused on the victory, which is in Christ. When you do your best, you please God. When you please God he blesses you beyond measure and the results of your attempts may be greater than you can imagine.
Hebrews 12:13-14 And cut through and make firm and plain and smooth, straight paths for your feet [yes, make them safe and upright and happy paths that go in the right direction], so that the lame and halting [limbs] may not be put out of joint, but rather may be cured. 14Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.
4. Watch your words. Out of the heart the mouth speaks. Your own words can condemn you and proclaim victory or defeat in your walk with the Lord over every area of your life.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.
5. Keep your eyes on the goal. Keep the prize in focus. There’s no time for mediocrity and certainly no time to give in, give up, or compromise with the enemy of our faith.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Don’t you realize that everyone who runs in a race runs to win, but only one runner gets the prize? Run like them, so that you can win.
Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
Hebrews 12:1 Since we are surrounded by so many examples of faith, we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up.