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Mediocrity

  • Jim Townsley
  • Mar 20, 2019

Mediocrity is less than being average; it always suggests disappointment and failure. No one would ever aspire to be mediocre. Every young man who starts a church must dream big dreams and aspire to do great things for God. Starting a church is not for those who will settle for mediocrity the enemy of excellence. To be mediocre is to expose a lack of character and a habit of laziness. No one chooses mediocrity but many settle for it.The difference between mediocrity and excellence is often a matter of effort. Mediocrity is the silent killer of success. Nothing of any real significance happens to people who settle for the status-quo.

Greatness is not always measured by the size and location of a church. Many country preachers have started and built great ministries in rural America. Their influence has changed the lives of many young people and often had a major impact upon a community. In the inner-cities men have given their lives to reach and disciple many converts. In every region of the country and in every rural hamlet and major city lives have been changed and transformed through the vision of a man of God that has given his life to reach his community. No one should ever look upon the place to which God has called him as small or insignificant. If God has called you to a specific place, it is a place He expects a great work to occur. God deserves your best, but never a mediocre effort.

The following traits are always present in a man doing a great work for God:

  1. Attitude. Your attitude determines your altitude. A positive attitude in a plane means that it is rising and a negative attitude means that it is falling. To rise to greater heights of ministry there must be a positive, never quit attitude that loves the ministry.
  2. Initiative. Good intentions accomplish nothing. Pursuing excellence shows that you aren’t a victim of procrastination. Your intentions must be accompanied by initiative. Preachers do not punch a time clock so to get things done there must be the initiative to get started and keep going. Doing the bare minimum will not build a great church. You must determine to do more than is merely expected or required. Go the extra mile. Jesus stated, “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” - - Matthew 5:41. Get motivated by listening to preaching or godly music. Read about great preachers of the past and missionaries that accomplished great things for God. William Carey, the father of modern missions stated, “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.”
  3. 3. Enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is greater than money or power. It will enable you to attain the goals you wish to attain. Passion demonstrates enthusiasm and is a necessary ingredient to success. We have the greatest message in the world and must not bore people with the truth. Be excited about the gospel!
  4. Dedication. The greatest ingredient to building a strong church is the longevity of the pastor. Length of tenure is no guarantee of success, but a brief time of ministry makes it impossible to do great things.  Fruit is only revealed after decades of faithfulness.
  5. Common sense. Some call it uncommon common sense because is it so rare in our society. Ministries must have more than emotion. Emotion must be grounded in truth. The one thing the Bible states a young man needs is discernment. “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” - - Hebrews 5:14.

D. L. Moody was moved by the statement of a British revivalist, “The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to Him.” Moody set out to achieve this high calling as he stated, “By God’s grace I will be that man.