Daily D – Philippians 4:5

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Philippians 4:5  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (NIV)

Gentleness is power under control. It is also deploying power properly for the benefit of others. 

Our Father in Heaven empowers us for his purposes. No power? Get purpose.

Clarity of purpose empowers us to become all God ever dreamed we would be, to behave in a manner that honors him and blesses others, and to extend his Kingdom goodness everywhere we go and in everything we do.

Why on earth are you here? This is a preferable question to the age-old saw, “What is the meaning of life?”

This does not need to be complicated. It can be as simple and as powerful as two words. For example, Maximizing Dreams. I help people live better lives than they dreamed possible. 

Everyone has a dream of who and what they could be if someone would coach them, provide them with resources, believe in them, or give them permission. Where do such dreams come from? 

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God has known us from eternity past. He has been preparing each of us for this moment in time. His dreams for us are bigger and better than anything we can dream for ourselves. Our dreams often drift into fantasies formed more by popular entertainment than eternal truth. God invites us out of fantasy and into the reality of his bigness and goodness. He wants to empower us to bless the whole world.

He empowers us to empower others. My coworker Becky’s two words are Empowering Chosen. Jesus said, 

“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

People need to know God’s choice to know them, love them, and empower them to become all he dreamed they would be. It is not uncommon for those who know they are chosen to continue living limp lives. Becky and others like her help people see how to live Spirit-empowered lives that build better homes, workplaces, and communities. 

God has placed his empowering presence within you to join him in enriching the lives of others. He can take marred vessels like us and shape beautiful outcomes that bless others. 

How do we demonstrate his empowering presence? Gently. When you want to express power, do so with gentle applications of just what is needed and only what is needed. Power is a flow-through process where God extends his lovingkindness to others through you. Do not use power to impress others. Do not withhold power when you can truly perform as God’s agent of grace. 

I will live a gentle life empowered by God’s presence for his purpose.

Our Father, empower me for your purpose. Use me in whatever manner honors you and blesses others. Amen. 

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