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Our dispensational calling is what keeps things in perspective. Remember, your perception of reality determines how you act. If ruling and reigning on an eternal level is real to you, it will shrink your day-to-day problems down to size, won't it? It will keep them in perspective.

An eternal view can bring our problems down to size. Things which ordinarily control so many people's behavior, like fears and anxieties, just melt away.

For example, fear of death controls many people's behavior without their awareness. They will not go swimming. Why? Fear of death. They will not fly in an airplane. Why? Fear of death. The word cancer strikes fear in their heart. Why? Fear of death.

So much of our behavior is unconsciously controlled by the way we have been mentally programmed; how we act determines what we impart as we relate to other people. That is why it is so important for the truth of God's Word to become reality to us, not just mental assent.

When you allow your mind to create a mental image, it produces behavior. If you have a mental image of the wrong thing, it will produce the wrong behavior. If you are envisioning your life worked out within the parameters of God's Word, it will produce behavior which is correct and in the right direction. That is why Paul emphasizes the need to renew our minds (Rom. 12:2).

The world's way of doing things and looking at things has so permeated our thinking that we must make a conscious effort to see our lives within the context and framework of God's Word. His is an eternal calling.

Rulership, leadership, reigning with Jesus, leadership—all these things are so basic to what life is all about. Yet we hardly ever see it that way. So our behavior is modified, but in a negative sense, by what the world has told us.

But when the truth of God's Word becomes our reality, problems come into perspective. Anxieties and fears, which might keep us from acting or reacting as we should, are reduced to choices we make rather than pitfalls we are unable to avoid. God's ways have to become reality, because, as they do, we gain a clearer understanding of our dispensational calling. This narrows our vision (or the way we see life) a little more.

A Two-Pronged Attack
The two prongs to our dispensational mandate or calling are evangelism and discipleship.

A dispensation is the ordering or management of the world by delegated divine authority. Dispensationally, that is, the management principle Jesus made us subject to was the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. Jesus said we have been commissioned to preach the gospel to all the world.

How do we do that?

Evangelism is the first prong of our dispensational calling. Then He said to go into the highways and the byways and bring them into His house so they could be fed a banquet of God's Word, grow up, mature and become a part of the glorious Church (Luke 14:23-24).

Discipleship, the second prong, is preaching the Word to see people saved and grow up spiritually. Everything you do ought to be measured by its effectiveness in achieving one of those two dispensational callings.

If you are going to administrate on an eternal scale for our Lord, if this is reality to you, then it completely restructures your behavior.

Once you realize that everything you do should contribute to one of two things-getting people saved or helping them grow in God's Word—it completely restructures your use of time and your use of money. Your behavior is completely altered.

Your behavior changes because you have finally grasped the big picture, which keeps you running on the right track.

The reason ministries and people get sidetracked and sometimes even fall into gross deception is that they lose sight of the big picture. The leadership loses the ability to communicate the goals and purposes effectively with the people who are working to bring them about.

Consequently, the workers seldom produce what the leaders desire. Even if the production of tangible goods is maintained, the intangible problems—strife, division, unrest, dissatisfaction—will be present because the leadership is unclear of its objectives.

Your view of the call on your life and how you fit in the plan of God will affect how you behave toward those who work or minister for you and how they respond to your behavior.

This has to be the first focus of a leader's effort—to develop the vision within himself and then to develop it in the lives of those for whom he has been given responsibility.

Source: Positioned For Promotion by Mac Hammond
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Mac Hammond
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Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a large and growing church in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. He is the host of the Winner’s Way broadcast and author of several internationally distributed books. Mac is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.
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