Aggressive and patient? How can I be aggressive and patient at the same time? Don’t the “meek” inherit the earth? What steps can I take to succeed and grow in Christ?
You will notice that I illustrated our discussion with a drawing of a soccer player in action. We will talk about that in greater detail in a few minutes. First, let’s talk about balance. Balance is a key principle to a successful life. Solomon taught us in Ecclesiastes that there’s a “time for every purpose under heaven”. There’s a time to be happy; a time to mourn. I would suggest as well that there’s a time to be aggressive; and a time to be patient. How about a time to be aggressively patient? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Let’s consider aggressiveness. The word has a rather negative context to it. The dictionary isn’t kind to this word. I would submit that aggressiveness doesn’t always align itself with bullying and poor behavior. I believe that the Lord is looking for a certain amount of aggressiveness in His people. Do you remember John’s warning to the Church at Laodicea in the Book of Revelation?
“I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then, because thou are lukewarm…….” (Revelation 3:15-16)
God is looking for aggressiveness in His church. He’s looking for aggressiveness in His people. The Bible uses battlefield language in verse after verse for a reason. We are in a spiritual battle, and we’ll have to put up a fight to win it!
Let”s move on to the subject of patience. The Bible is full of references to the importance of patience in the life of a believer. We must constantly remind ourselves of the importance of “waiting!
“They that wait upon the lord, shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31)
These two attributes can and should coexist. Let’s go back and look at the example of the soccer player. He aggressively runs down the field only to have to wait for his teammate’s pass to reach him. It may require several attempts to be successful. Both aggressiveness and patience are necessary to be able to receive the ball and shoot a shot on goal.
We as Christians have to aggressively move forward in Christ. We will accomplish nothing by standing still. We must reach the place were we are in position to be blessed by God. We have to reach that place, and wait upon Him. You may have to outrun trial and tribulation, and a host of obstacles in your life that are keeping you from being in position to be blessed. Leave it behind! What a thrill when your determination and patience pays off, and God blesses your life. Maybe its peace you need. Perhaps its wisdom, or joy. Remember, you must be in position to receive what God has for you. Too many of us find ourselves on the bench instead of the field of play. Get in the game!