“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
During my time in Accelerate I have had the opportunity to do much reflection on true, noble, right, pure lovely, admirable, excellent and praise worthy actions. These actions are shown to me in the messages of our morning seminars, in the actions of my class mates as they serve throughout the weeks of the course and in my own actions. I end my day meditating on these things.
Meditating is just focused thinking. Regularly in the Bible we see meditation as a way of learning and gaining knowledge. I assume David will have written many of the Psalms which declare joyfully the pleasure derived from meditating on the Law (“You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches” – Psalm 63:6). This focused thinking brings forward an increased knowledge in my own life over multiple areas. My understanding of Biblical living, worship, leadership, relationships have all led me to a place where I have had a shift in my paradigm, my internal view point of these areas.
What does knowledge, and this shift in understanding, do for me then? It gives opportunity. With opportunity I get the chance to choose life or death (Deuteronomy 30:15). In this way knowledge is a two-edged sword that requires wisdom to utilise effectively. This opportunity then needs to be seized in order to bring about results in our life. An understanding of who Jesus is will always save us (Ephesians 2:8-9) however we see in the parable of Jesus that the talents given to us if not utilised will bring no blessing and additional favour by God (Matthew 25:14-30).
Andrew Carnegie, the great Scottish American business man, said in an interview with Neapolitan Hill that Knowledge without application is ineffective. It is the reason why uneducated people can often succeed over educated people. Andrew Carnegie believed there was an underlying principle in life that those who cast and acted upon knowledge could not help but move forward.
Knowledge + Application = Acceleration
What then is application in my life on this new found understanding from my time on Accelerate? It is applying greater commitment to personal time praying and seeking God. It is more time putting down my own wants and desires; fasting, giving others my time, helping them with their troubles before I look at myself. It is watching my mouth so it speaks no ill of people and blesses those who may persecute. It is serving my boss better at work, and assisting my pastors at Church in order to bring about the desired goal. It looks like honesty of sin, repentance and saying sorry to God and to those I have wronged. It looks like a person who does not see the smallest of task below them; be that toilet cleaning, being a door stop or giving an evening to walking and listening with someone way beyond the time I wish to go to bed.
What is the result for me then? What does my acceleration look like? It looks like a physical boldness and confidence. It looks like increased energy. It looks like better quality friendships. It looks like prioritisation of goals. It looks like greater opportunities.
It looks like life is moving forward, spiralling upwards, accelerating into my future.
C7 Accelerate Year 1 Student