Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.—1 Timothy 4:14-15
I have been forced to admit that one of the things hardest for me to understand and try to reconcile is the complete aimlessness of so many Christians' lives....
Probably the worst part of this situation among us is the fact that so many of our Christian brothers and sisters have unusual gifts and talents and capacities-yet they have not exercised this discipline of girding up the mind and spiritual potential in order to make the necessary progress in the Christian life.
Why should a pastor have to confess total failure from year to year? Why should he have to go from one church to another, starting something, trying something-only to admit failure again?
I don't think he has ever really girded himself. He has abilities but they are not disciplined. He has a fine mind but it is not girded up. He is like a man with a treasured Stradivarius violin that has never been put in tune. He has never taken time to sit down and tune that priceless instrument, therefore he gets no melody and harmony from it. I Call It Heresy! pp. 124-125
"Lord, help me today to gird myself in the Holy Spirit's power; to discipline myself to faithful service; to gird my mind to excellence. As I wait upon You this morning, may my instrument be finely-tuned, with a melody and harmony that will be pleasing to You. Amen."