Last night I spoke at the Hillsong International Leadership College Graduation and essentially focused on the 4 qualities I believe we all need in order to run our race and to FINISH our course. It is not enough to start strong; we must also determine to finish that which we have been commissioned to do.
The Apostle Paul declared, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
I shared with the students the 4 qualities that I think are a major key to longevity, and this week I will share one per day with you to ponder…
1. God Has An Appointed Time
It is crucial to dream big dreams, and to expect and believe for great things from God. But we must always remember, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
So many people prematurely give up on the promises of God because they expect God to move according to their DUE DATE. But God doesn’t come in on our deadlines and due dates; He has HIS appointed times and seasons.
Don’t give up because you don’t think it is happening quickly enough.
When you think nothing is going on, God is preparing you for the very thing He has already prepared for you.
It is crucial to remember:
Most things will take longer than you think.
Most things will be more difficult than you can imagine.
Most things will cost so much more than you ever thought you would have to pay.
BUT IT IS SO WORTH IT. Don’t give up.
“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
Remember God has a due SEASON; He does not give you a due DATE!