“And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.”
The children of Dan had the right mindset towards getting what they didn’t have. They realized that the land they dwelt in was too little for them, so instead of complaining about what they didn’t have, they chose to fight for the land they wanted. They had a mindset that they were not going to settle for less; rather, they were going to go after what they wanted and they succeeded at it.
Far too many believers settle for less when they could have had more and done more had they acquired a mindset to conquer. Many pastors have settled for less because they didn’t want to work hard to have more. Many Sunday school teachers could build their classes if they wouldn’t settle for less. Many believers could see God do great things through them if they wouldn’t settle for less. Let me give you several thoughts about how not to settle for less.
First, don’t be satisfied with the status quo. You don’t have to settle with what you have. There needs to be a revival among believers of not settling for the status quo. The Devil loves it when believers are satisfied with enough. There is never enough for the believer who sees the need through the eyes of God. Enough is the beginning of the demise of any church. When you feel you have enough in your church, Sunday school class, bus route, or any other ministry is when you begin to die spiritually.
Second, don’t give excuses for why you have less. Excuses will abound with those who feel they have enough. “It is too hard.” “People don’t respond like they used to.” These are just a couple of the common excuses people give when they settle for less. You will always find an excuse when you choose to settle for less. Your excuses may appease your apathetic mindset towards growing, but your excuses are not acceptable to the LORD. Stop looking for excuses as to why you have less, and look for ways to overcome whatever is hindering you from growing.
Third, don’t be afraid to fight to get to the next level. The children of Dan knew that the only answer to getting more land was to fight for what the LORD had already given them. Too many believers feel that the LORD will give them what they are supposed to have. In part, this mindset is true, but He will only give to those who are willing to fight for it. You must get a fighting mindset to grow if you are going to grow. Every person I have been around whom the LORD has blessed has always had a mindset that they were willing to fight for what they wanted. Don’t just settle for less; fight to get to the next level. The person who is willing to fight to get to the next level will be pleasantly surprised as to how the LORD helps them to get to that next level. No, it won’t be easy, but you can get there if you are willing to fight for it.
Fourth, never lose your vision for the next level of growth. Whatever you have obtained in the Christian walk is never enough. Let me encourage you to never lose sight of the next level of growth that the LORD wants you to take. If you lose your vision for the next level, you will die. It not only takes a fighting mindset to overcome obstacles to grow, but it takes a never dying vision to grow. Let me encourage you to keep pursuing the vision of the next level.