As an added benefit to doing the MKMMA I am finding myself drawn deeper in the scriptures. It’s happening in a couple of different ways. First, as I am doing the various readings, different verses pop into my head. I take that as a prompt from God to go look at those verses. Sometimes the verse is enough but others times I’m drawn into learning the context and even studying the commentaries. The latter is what brought about last week’s post. The other way is that I find myself thinking that if I put as much effort as I am putting into the MKMMA into scripture then I would undoubtedly be drawn closer to God which is my goal. So starting today before each of my three Mandino reads I am going to read my daily devotional. I want, no I need, God to be the focus of my life.
Jumping back to that first idea of verses popping into my head, here are some examples that have come to me while reading Scroll III. This is not to say that there is doctrinal alignment between them but simply that God is leading me to scripture and I am following.
Mandino writes “I was not delivered unto this world in defeat.” The phrase “we are more than conquerors” keeps coming to me. It’s found in Romans 8:37 and when you continue reading through verse 38 and 39 it’s very powerful. “37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” How’s that for comforting?
Further in the scroll we find “I will be liken to…the ant who devours a tiger.” The image of an ant instantly brings me to Proverbs 6. In verses 6-8 there is a great illustration.
“6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.”
The ant is persistent and does the work that it needs to do when it needs to do it. The Maxwell Leadership Bible has this to say about those particular verses. “Do you want to make a difference? Then pay attention to the metaphor of the ant. It’s amazing that one of the smallest of God’s creatures can become one of His greatest teachers. The lessons the ant teaches us can be summarized this way: A—Attitude of Initiative Ants don’t need a commander to tell them to get started. N—Nature of Integrity Ants work faithfully and need no outside accountability to keep them doing right. T—Thirst for Industry Ants work hard and will replace their anthill when it gets ruined. S—Source of Insight Ants store provisions in summer. If we consider and learn from the ways of the ant, we can grow wise.”
Here’s one more for you. “I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head.” I had to do some searching but I knew that there was something about “things above” in the bible but the verse didn’t readily come to mind. I found it in Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” With the intention of transparency I have to share that that verse is a concept that I’ve been wrestling with a lot this week.
Here’s where my head and heart are at. I’m working through making sure that this course isn’t distracting me from the work that God has called me to do. I need to keep an eternal perspective. I’m learning some great habits and making some wonderful friends here. But I’m finding myself thinking more and more about “If only I put this much effort into my relationship with God.” As I mentioned earlier I am drawing closer to God but I question whether I have learned what He wants me to learn here and perhaps it’s time to move on and refocus even deeper on Him.