Time for Your Extreme Makeover!

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you Matthew 6:33

As we near the end of the first quarter of 2011, it’s important to take the time to review and renew your strategies for having a successful year. Definition of success: outcome, result, favorable or desired outcome; the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary). Ok, how do you as a Christian Leader approach the need for an “Extreme Makeover”?

A logical first step might seem to be taking an inventory of last year’s “wins and losses”. Before you embark upon the task of assessing things you’ve gotten done and things yet to be accomplished, take some quality time to consult the “God of Extreme Makeovers”. Often you may have thoughts of what need to be “changed or re-arranged” in your life in order to experience success, but it is wisdom to take time in prayer to get God’s advice. Matthew 6:33 encourages us to seek first the Kingdom of God and “His righteousness.” The personal life coaching of the Holy Spirit is the safest way to get sound direction for experiencing your “Extreme Makeover”. (Romans 14:17; John 16:13) Once you get the counsel of Jesus Christ, then it is time to move by writing the instructions that He gives you. (Hab. 2:2)

A written personal, family, or business action plan will help you exercise faith to reach your goals and objectives. Noah received his action plan in communication with God and it led him to build a life saving Ark (Gen. 6:14-22). Moses found himself in a high place literally and figuratively as he sought out life lessons for the children of Israel. Upon Mount Sinai God gave him the ten main coaching points (commandments) by which a whole nation of people could govern their lives. (Exodus 19:20 – 20:17) God loves to share His plans for the extraordinary things He has planned for us. Make the instructions that Jesus gives you a priority for experiencing an “Extreme Makeover” this year.

Now you can get started by building a daily activity list focusing on a chronological action plan that is in one accord with God. Be prepared to move in new directions and be willing to use your faith to do things you have never done. (Isaiah 55:8-11) Jesus is moving the Body of Christ into a more proactive role in the market place. Traditional evangelism is receiving an “Extreme Makeover” in that each of us as believers has to demonstrate authenticity in our relationship with Jesus. (Matthew 5:16) The Jesus the world is longing to see is the Jesus Christ in you and me. Make sure that you do a daily “willingness check” to prevent stagnation or apathy from setting in and stealing “God’s Extreme Blessings” from you. (Isaiah 1:19)

To complete this year’s makeover you have a significant role to play. Your makeover is dependent upon you volunteering to strip off some of the “old fixtures” of your life and replace them with the “Extreme life practices” of the Kingdom of God. Live your life showing goodness and extreme favor to others as you go about practicing principles from your “daily coaching sessions” (devotions) with God. Make a quality decision not to settle for very good but set the bar for excellence. Your mindset needs to be harmony with the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”.

As you continue into the second quarter of this year, begin by “letting go and letting God” map out the blueprint for the remainder of your year. Keep a digital recorder or a pen and paper handy to write down God’s instructions, even if He dictates it to you in small increments (i.e., monthly weekly, or daily). Employ the Holy Spirit to guide you in implementing each task while exercising your faith in Jesus to accomplish the extreme goals He has for your life. (Ephesians 3:14-20) Always be ready to be a blessing in the process of God improving your life and equipping you to impact the marketplace (world) for Jesus! (Matthew 28: 18-20)

This article is written by Pastor Henry Coles, Jr.

Pastor Henry Coles, Jr. serves as Senior Pastor at Word of Faith Christian Center, Nashville, Tennessee