For years, in the workplace I had been the person who managed the quality systems, created standards and processes, to make sure we had a system to produce repeatable products and services.
As the quality manager, I was conditioned to make sure all products and services were delivered “right first time”. So as a disciple, I thought it would be best to invest time to make sure I had no remaining knowledge or experience gaps, and would not need to go back and get more training, so I could be perfected as a disciple, capable of performing God’s work on the streets and in the neighborhoods of healing the sick, casting out demons, and preaching the gospel.
Functioning as a quality manager is about control and standardized processes for everything. Living by the Holy Spirit is very different life.
I remember sitting in the audience at the West Palm Beach, Florida kickstart and hearing the Holy Spirit say to me to let go of having to have audio recordings and videos and processes for everything, and trust Him alone for all.
Earlier today I was reminded in a Facebook message from some friends in the city that Pete Cabrera is speaking Wednesday-Friday at a church in North Kansas City sharing at his identity training.
Because Pete’s identity training would help me, as I believed ‘make sure I had no remaining knowledge gaps’, I contacted my partner to let her know I would not be joining her for our usual Wednesday night dinner with her Mom, because I was going to go to the training.
Even though my flesh wanted to ‘get more training’ and ‘make sure had no remaining gaps’, I sensed Holy Spirit redirect me to learn to deliver the kickstart seminar as the priority, and go out daily anywhere to be His hands and feet, because if I continued to be dependent on classes and processes and videos, or ‘have to have someone else to go with me’ I would never learn to disconnect and depend on Him alone as my guide that He is…
“Now as for you, the anointing that you received from him resides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as it has taught you, you reside in him.” 1 John 2:27
…else I’d continue to be like what Paul talks about in letter to Timothy:
“always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:7
I have arrived at the knowledge of the truth, and the season for training is over, and the season of doing has arrived, as James says:
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” James 1:22-25 ESV
Training upon training upon training is no different that sitting in a church, being talked at week in and week out.
What about you, how many classes have you been to? what is the ratio of classes taken to action taken? did you lay hands on the sick and they were healed? when was the last time you shared the gospel? this week? this month? this year?
The time for training is over. The time for doing has arrived. Let us all be doers of the word, not just hearers.