got Jesus?

 
 

Send this page to a friend.

Your E-mail Address

Their E-mail Address

 

 

Jump-Start Your Day

Friday, March 1st, '19

All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson

 

SELF-IMPROVEMENT

"Every scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for...improvement..." (2 Timothy 3:16 Wuest)

 

What the old version translates as "correction" Kenneth Wuest translates as "improvement". The intent of correction is improvement. God doesn't discipline to discourage or defeat. Inspection is done to make the product more sound or efficient. Every individual should be seeking after improvement. If you don't some innovator with his new line will proselyte your business and leave you standing with only memories. Each annual model in the auto industry has to be an improvement on the former. Now we know that some of the new are lemons and engineering mistakes but the charts show that it is wiser to take a risk on creating a disaster than to remain content with the status quo. Churches normally are predictable; this Sunday will be a repeat of last Sunday and the Sunday before. We get in ruts. You probably will sit in the same section of the pews and talk to the same two or three people just like you always do. What about improvement? What about widening the circle?

 

The law of averages says that average isn't good enough. We don't stay in third grade, we move on to fourth and fifth respectively. That's improvement. You may shoot around a hundred in golf because the rest of the gang is satisfied with double-bogeys. You may be content with your child posting Cs on the report card because Cs are better than bad and worse than great. The oft used line is, "there's room for improvement". Usually a lot more room than we care to admit. It is a matter of what you are willing to live with. Are you content to read one book a year because that is the national average or do you desire to improve yourself?

 

According to our text the Bible was inspired, that is "God-breathed", theopneustos in Greek, for "doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect..." (KJV) Notice, Paul didn't say the Bible was given so we could be average but so we could be "perfect". He calls for As on the report card, pars where there were double-bogeys. He demands excellence in ministry, performance in business, improvement in skills and increase in profitability. The Bible is the manual to success and the greatest self-help or self-improvement book Barnes and Noble has to offer.

 

The means to improvement are obvious. You have to read and stay current on trends and methods. And they say that practice makes perfect. You get good at piano by playing piano, good at tennis by swatting green balls. Improvement requires examination. You may have to allow your spouse or a friend to grade you. A person has to be rated to be celebrated. Things that are not examined fall into disrepair just as the law of entropy states, but things that are examined are bettered. Few things are improved until they are reproved. It takes guts to admit that my plan or my way of doing things is not the best way or that it is completely wrong. But swallowing pride or eating crow or humble pie is probably the most nutritional meal you'll ever eat. Once you face up to what all your contemporaries in the business world already know, you will be able to move forward into the better days that are ahead. Paul's philosophy was "forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before..." He wouldn't allow his faith and vision to stagnate. Paul was always examining every area of his life quick to make improvements wherever needed. That is what I too desire today and the best way to accomplish it is to hold a Bible in one hand and a mirror in the other.


Jump-Start Archive

transcripts

20190525
20190524
20190523
20190522
20190521
20190520
20190519
20190518
20190517
20190505
20190504
20190503
20190502
20190501
20190430

Jump-Start Archive
Listen to past
radio MP3s

20190524
20190523
20190522
20190521
20190520
20190517
20190503
20190502
20190501
20190430
20190429
20190427
20190426
20190425
20190423

A lifetime of gathering of dynamic quotations...

 
home          privacy          contact
copyright © kris jackson ministries 2009