The ‘edge’ is that narrow place where there is no room to settle, but you’re leaning forward READY to move. We all know this place, there is uncertainty and fear – but there is conviction, fire, and grit.
The ‘edge’ is an important place for the believer. It is a place of faith and power. Just as a runner leans over in his stand and prepares to launch in his lane – this is our place of advantage. The inception of growth and new beginnings are on the edge.
In Act 3:4 “Peter and John fastened their eyes and said look at us….” The man was asking for money and was so focused on his need – but God wanted to do more. God is always wanting to go above and beyond in our lives – see Ephesians 3:20.
Focus is something that is developed not something we are born with. In our families, job and ministries concentration develops focus. Prayer gives an edge. Faith creates an edge. Wisdom keeps us from losing our edge. We can do a lot of good things but is it a GOD thing? As we are led by the Holy Spirit, and not by need, expectation or good intention, we will have an edge. It is OK to say no, but when we know what to say YES to, we then say NO to the wrong things.
Focused light becomes a laser, it burns through any matter or layer. Comparatively, a flashlight has a broad spectrum of light that illuminates and shines. Both are good for different purposes.
Here are some ways to cultivate a razor’s edge:
- Want what you’re doing
- Fight for it as if your life depended on it,
- Realize the WHY in what you’re doing
- Listen as if you’re going to do something about it
- Approach it as if it is the most valuable thing you have
- Eliminate other distractions
- Go ALL in.
Excuses are easy, and they sound so good and there is often a lot of talking and “wiggle room”. Think of this the next time we back-peddle, “we have left our edge and are taking up too much room”. Billy Sunday said Excuses are a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. Let’s live expecting great things from God.
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Proverbs 24:10 “If you shrink back in the day of adversity, your strength is too small.”
Jason is a graduate from Maryland Bible College and Seminary, and presently he leads the Pastoral Care Team of Greater Grace Church in Baltimore. Since age 16, Jason has been involved with mission work among the former Soviet-Bloc countries in Eastern Europe, as well as in Asia, and in the United States. While living in Ukraine, he helped the church plant three new churches that continue to thrive today under trained nationals. He has also written five books and has his own podcast (www.InnerRevolution.us)
I have a book I purchased a few months back. Have not cracked it open yet. The title was enough to capture my attention. Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom where Fear and Courage meet.
Your article is right on the mark. The edge is where our fears and the courage we have through Christ is met. These fears are those that prevents us from moving forward. Self-talk and doubt of what if’s. Imagine if Peter and John looked at each other and murmured, What if people judge us? What if this doesn’t work?
Our very own self-doubts an insecurity presents a barrier for God to work through us. Thank you for this.
Thanks for the feedback! Sounds like an awesome book! Yes our self talk can make us or break us that is for sure. Speaking to ourselves in faith and imagining “best case scenario” is exciting. Fear is a lie and it is powerful one. The edge is the safest place to be and a place of growth because we need HIM!
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Thanks Michael will Check it out! Thanks for the encouragement!
Sorry it has taken a bit to respond…so glad this touched your heart. Staying sharp in his presence makes what we know powerful and personal..praying for you!