As a follow-up from last week’s blog about our GMM Conference Theme of “Relentless “ Engaging Men to be fully alive, I thought I would try to tackle what is “Relentless”. Once again what does that mean – it is another action word that has a different meaning for each of us. I looked up a Simple definition and here is what I came up with:
Simple Definition of relentless
1. Continuing without becoming weaker, less severe, etc.
2. remaining strict or determined.
Well this did not help very much in trying to identify Relentless in my own personal life, so I did a further search on the meaning of Relentless. I came across an article from Jon Bloom and this one really helped in trying to identify how I can become “Relentless” in my walk with Jesus.
Please read and enjoy….
Article by – Jon Bloom (he describes Relentless as Gritty)
He uses this scripture as an example of Relentless:
(1 Corinthians 15:58) Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
**Then here are some great examples he gives of people in the Bible”
The Bible is replete with gritty examples:
◾Noah building a huge ship over decades as he waited for the fulfillment of God’s promise.
◾Abraham and Sarah living like strangers in the land of promise and waiting a quarter century into old age as they waited for the fulfillment of God’s promised child.
◾Jacob serving his devious uncle, Laban, for many years as he waited for the fulfillment of God’s promises.
◾Joseph languishing in an Egyptian prison as he waited for the fulfillment of God’s promise.
◾Moses leading the recalcitrant Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years as he waited for the fulfillment of God’s promises.
◾And “time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David, Samuel, and the prophets” (Hebrews 11:32), and of Mary, the disciples, and Paul.
******And Jesus. Jesus, the man of such sorrows as we’ll never know, who in the garden, facing a horror that only God could experience, said to his Father, “not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36) and moved with relentless determination to the cross. Never has more grit for the sake of love ever been seen.
These examples have really challenged me on what I can to do achieve what God would have be do and go forward in a way that will glorify Him. I do see that “Relentless” is a long term goal and something that will not happen in a moment – so I have to be patient.
***I do have to tell you that I am excited to see what the Speakers have been enlightened with from the Holy Spirit this weekend as they explain what it means to them. It is going to be an AWESOME SATURDAY MORNING>
I normally write a challenge – but the only thing I can challenge you with today is to come Saturday be BLESSED.