We study under a lot of people to learn and grow and there’s nothing wrong with that but lately I’ve begin to ask myself this question: Do I need to be filling my mind with that? I’ve studied top spiritual teachers, top motivational leaders, and overall thought leaders who make references that look like this, “Whoever you worship to” or “Whatever God you have.” I’ve begin asking them this question, “If you are a Christian then why don’t you just say God?” They tell me “Well I don’t want to offend anyone or it’s really up to them to make that decision” or “it’s not politically correct to push people to worshiping one God.” I see that they don’t want to offend anyone but as my good friend Peter Demos’ says, “The bible doesn’t say come and see, it says go and tell.”
As many of you know I’ve been more bold with my own personal faith over the last year. I believe that your work can be the distribution channels for your talents and I believe that those talents came from one place; God. One of my former employees said to me one day this, “I think we’re building a kingdom coach, but it’s the wrong one. It’s a Micheal Burt kingdom, not a God kingdom.” She was right on the money. Through a series of God moments in my life I’ve had the spiritual awakening I had longed for for years and now am on fire to take a hard look at who I get my counsel from, and that means cleaning out the closet of some I’ve studied from before that teach things contradictory to my faith. When I wrote the book “This Ain’t No Practice Life” I said there were seven big decisions a person needed to make during their life to maximize their potential. I wrote it from a secular position but if I re-wrote that book today it would say “This is a Practice Life” and it’s all in preparation for your next life.
I would say that I think God is going to ask you two questions on judgement day:
- What did you do with my son?
- What did you do with the talents I gave you? I explore how to use your talents in great length in the book but in the world vs. in the church.
I want to have the right answers to those two questions.
I haven’t always been obedient like I’m seeking to be today but I want those who choose to use my firm to know that I am bold about my faith. I do believe that I’m a temporary steward in a wide variety of riches on loan from God to be enjoyed, maintained, and used for their intended purposes (Hodges and Blanchard). I do believe we can and should combine our “faith and our work” and I do believe we need to be cautious about what we are filling our minds with.
The greatest compliment we can get from another may just be, “I see God in you.” When asked on a podcast recently what I wanted God to say to me at the Pearly Gates I answered this, “This was the easiest question I’ve ever answered. I want him to say Well done good and faithful servant.”
Is your Guru missing one big thing God?