Do whatever it takes!

Jeff Connors, Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning at UNC Chapel Hill, said you have to do something you’ve never done to get something you’ve never had.  In other words, you have to do whatever it takes to get the results you desired.  Sometimes, you have to act like Nike when they released the Air Jordans in 1984.  Although the NBA fined Michael Jordan $5,000 each time he wore the shoes, Nike absorbed the cost.  Why?  They realized that the results would make the temporary discomfort worthwhile.

Sometimes, you have to employ uncharacteristic behaviors to receive uncharacteristic results.  Bartimaeus, the man featured in Mark 10:46-52 behaved uncharacteristically to get what he wanted.  His actions were so unorthodox that the crowd tried to calm him down.  When he heard that Jesus was nearby, he screamed as loud as he could to get His attention.  Maybe he had heard that “… everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved …” (Joel 2:32, New Living Translation) and was willing to test the Word.  He shouted until Jesus noticed him, and what a great decision this was!  Jesus gave him the healing he desired.

The Word of God contains answers to every problem you face.  But, are you willing to do what it says?  Bartimaeus’ story proves that if we do whatever He says, we’ll receive whatever He promised.  I encourage you – do whatever it takes to get the blessing you want from God!