There is much emphasis on being or having the best. In baseball, Barry Bonds was said to be the best; in basketball, it was Michael Jordan; in golf, you hear, Tiger Woods; and tennis has Venus and Serena Williams. What is the common denominator with all of these individuals? Inherent in them is a desire to be greater than the normal athlete. This same thirst for greatness is in you, too. God has placed a seed in you that is a replica of Him. The pursuit of God’s best brings out what He has instilled in you, so that you might walk in God’s best. This book is a unique and profound message that will greatly bless you. If you are tired of mediocrity, as you read these words, you will find yourself motivated to pursue the fulfilled will of God for your life on the earth.
To pursue God’s best means to press beyond the point where others have ventured. If you look at Barry Bonds, who first broke Hank Aaron's home run record, then went on to break his own record, you will see someone who pressed past the usual boundaries.
Michael Jordan pressed beyond the norm in basketball, then after retiring for a short time, he decided that idleness was not good for his life, so he returned to the game. He felt that the only way to be fulfilled was to return to the thing where he had accomplished his greatest feats. The boxer, Roy Jones, had been fighting for many years before most of us had ever heard his name. But, because he pressed beyond the normal, he is now the middleweight champion of the world and everyone knows his name! Mediocrity is not an option if you want God’s best for your life.
What distinguishes the average believer from an anointed son of God? Anointed, mature sons of God, have a discipline cultivated through diligence in their quest to walk with God to pursue His best for their lives. Believers are re-born but sons transform into the measure and stature of Christ Jesus. The scriptures are replete with examples of ordinary people exemplifying extraordinary manifestations in spite of fear, setbacks, or environment. Yet, in spite of challenges, perils and generational chaos, we see many of them triumphant. What made the difference between Elisha, who received the mantle of Elijah, and Gehazi, who forfeited the prize for merchandise? Or Gideon and Ruth, in spite of generational chaos, rise to become the deliverer of a nation? Or, Daniel and the three Hebrew boys who maintained an excellent spirit even in captivity?
Discipline is defined as self-control or orderly conduct; control obtained by enforcing compliance or order. I like to define it as “forced obedience”. As we look into the scriptures (Ephesians 1) we discover that we were in God before the foundation of the world and we were sent forth onto the earth for his own pleasure and purpose. I believe God gives us glimpses of that purpose through dreams, goals, innate gifting and abilities, talents, and vision. If we grab hold to those small indications, we begin a journey to discover His true plan and purpose for our lives. By applying discipline and diligence, we can bring to full maturity the greatness deposited in us from the beginning, whether it is natural talent or learned skill.
“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
- Proverbs 12:24
Unfortunately, many people resist diligence and settle or accept mediocrity: less than the best in life; not realizing pursuing the best God has for you will position you to have great success in life.
This book is designed to not only motivate, but also activate you to look and move forward.