A. Let’s think about how distractions keep us from making up our minds on things. Consider what was said to the soon to be king, Saul (I Samuel 9:1-27) *vs. 20.
- What if someone’s mind is on one thing when they are presented with something entirely different to consider (Acts 24:22-27; 26:24-26)?
- What if someone has a divided heart (Hosea 10:1-2)?
- How does the Lord view those who like to ride the fence regarding spiritual matters (Luke 11:23 and Revelation 3:14-16)?
- Think about God’s various instructions to “choose” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Joshua 24:15-22, I Kings 18:20-22, Psalms 119:30, Proverbs 1:27-31, Luke 10:38-42, etc.).
- What if it is a “person’s nature” to be indecisive (James 1:8)?
- How could that cause sin, even in areas of authorized liberties (Romans 14:22-23)?
II. Body: II Corinthians 8:1-12 [cf. I Corinthians 16:1-4] “readiness to will” (vs. 11); “willing mind” (vs. 12).
A. The wording, from the Greek word “προθυμία” meaning: “predisposition, i.e. alacrity: — forwardness of mind, readiness (of mind), ready (willing) mind. Zeal, spirit, eagerness, inclination, readiness of mind” (Strong’s # 4288).
- “Readiness of mind” (Acts 17:10-11).
- “Ready mind” (II Corinthians 8:19).
- “Forwardness of your mind” (II Corinthians 9:1-2).
- Even the right actions can be wrong if our minds are not ready, not willing in doing something (i.e. I Peter 4:9).
- In thinking back to II Corinthians 8-9 and the act of helping needy saints: how important is it for such rightful actions to be done with a readiness; willing mindset (I Timothy 6:17-19)?
- Think about the one who just gets stuck, doesn’t have his or her mind set for action, and buries the will of God (Luke 19:11-27).
- Can principles such as the great truth of “counting the cost” (Luke 14:25-33), which was taught because of excuses (Luke 14:16-24), lead to overthinking and possibly getting stuck in neutral; indecision [like Pilate] (Luke 23:1-25; cf. Matthew 27:15-26 and John 18:12-15)?
- He went from a man of why he couldn’t do it, to the man the Lord spoke to mouth to mouth (Numbers 12:6-7).
- He was called faithful in all his house (Hebrews 3:2; 3:5).
- These principles are obvious even to sinners (Matthew 21:28-32).
III. Conclusion: Consider David’s counsel to Solomon (I Chronicles 28:9).
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