Your mindset directly affects so much of what happens in your life. The best things in life are attracted, not pursued. It’s not magic—here’s how it works. Over time, if you have the right mindset, you simply develop the character and skills to carry more weight. Even if you’ve never built any kind of wealth before, the right mindset gives you the eyes to see opportunities you might miss otherwise. So, every Monday in July, I will share a motivational mindset that has helped me build wealth and pursue the calling God has on my life. Here’s this week’s: I am not in control.
Count the Cost
Without fail, most of the times I get stressed are when I am holding onto my life too tightly. Jesus made it clear that our lives aren’t our own anymore once we decide to follow him. Our mindset should always be “God, what are you saying right now?” It’s simple, but it’s certainly not easy. That’s why Jesus repeatedly taught that we must count the cost before following him:
“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish?”
This is so true. We are quick to count the cost before we purchase a property, sign a contract, or commit to a project, but don’t always do that when it comes to our faith. Each of us must evaluate whether or not we’re willing to give God everything—our plans, ambitions, security, etc. When we do, He will fill us with His desires and purposes.
As the Apostle Paul encourages, “Surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship,” (Romans 12:1, TPT). Your life is a sacrifice. Let the meaning of that sink deeply into you. As my friend Andrew Wommack jokes, the only problem with a living sacrifice is that it likes to crawl off the altar! We have to continually resubmit our lives to God’s purposes.
Have Your ‘Get off the Couch’ Moment
I had to resubmit my life to Christ after I had already been a pastor for over twenty years! If you follow my teachings, you may know that I had a ‘come to Jesus’ moment after I reached financial freedom. We had what we needed and more, so I could spend every day on the couch or golf course if I wanted to. My salvation and my financial security were set, but God (and my wife) kept telling me that there was more for me to do. I had to surrender my purposes in exchange for God’s purposes. Let me tell you something—God’s plans require more of you, but they also give you way more. I am more alive and full of purpose than ever before, and there’s no way to put a price tag on that.
Paul continues in Romans with instructions on how to transform our mindset. He writes, “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”
The promise is this: when we offer our lives as a living sacrifice and commit to inward transformation, we are able to discern God’s will for our lives, whether that’s the big picture or the day-to-day grind.