The Roman army was at its peak in Jesus’ generation. During this timeframe they were able to rule enormous parts of the world. Roman soldiers are along the lines of Marines, but all are lifers.
One way generals kept the morale and focus on the same page was to develop little sayings that summarized what they were all about. “veni, vidi, vici” is one they often used. It should read, “I came, I saw, I conquered.” The second version is just as important. Part of success is often just staying put in a geography. A verse from the Old Testament I particularly like is a reference to “The land of your anointing.”
The results of being in that land are generally marked by:
– personal fulfillment
– the favor of God is clearly upon you
– strong love for your community
Looking back at what happened with the Vineyard church Janie and I started, it is clear there was a revival happening. Are you in the land of your anointing? Maybe that land is the unique in life focus God has given you, whether gifts that are clearly ministry or mostly in the business world.
Resist the temptation to bail on something that doesn’t seem to be “Blessed” right now. Wisdom is that you move on once you can see there is literally no way to move forward toward you based on what you know to be true. If you work at McDonald’s and have the aspiration to become the manager of that location, but your regional person tells you there is no way that will ever happen—in that setting it’s wisdom to bail. You are probably wasting time that you could be investing in something else.
Find the anointed part God has in front of you.
Commit to that place or ministry.
God will do the work as we faithfully continue to show up.