Thursday, July 7, 2022

Daily Devotion: Endowing

Bible Reading:  Hebrews 10:19-30 

Key Verse: Verse 24“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”

Key Words:  to provoke unto love and to good works

The word endow means to enrich, to furnish.  It is a part of what we are to do as a believer.  While you do not find the word endow, you find the thought of endowing “to provoke [one another] unto love and to good works.”  A part of what we are to do as believers is to enrich others, furnish them with a desire through our expectations of them.

John Goetsch writes:  In the musical My Fair Lady, British speech professor Henry Higgins makes a bet with a friend that he can transform a poor Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a refined, blue-blood society lady.  To assure his success, the professor not only works with the girl on her manners, speech, and dress; he also spreads the word that he will escort a refined, beautiful princess to London’s biggest ball of the year.  He knew the power of expectations!

Weeks later, when the door to Higgins’s gilded carriage opens, a gasp goes up as the crowds see what they expect to see: a dainty, elegant princess.  Throughout the evening, Eliza’s speech and actions are profoundly shaped by the city’s expectations of her.  At one point the professor asks the orchestra conductor his opinion of the “princess.”

“I’ve seen hundreds of balls all through Europe,” the wizened old conductor says, “and that one was brought up in the most refined of all palaces.”

In the middle of the play Eliza makes a profound statement.  She says the real issue isn’t how she acts, but what people expect of her.  And she says it was Professor Higgins’s expectations that caused her to change the most.  That is how a girl of the streets becomes a “fair lady.”

Expectations are a powerful tool, especially in the ministry of a mentor.  Many young people fail today because that’s what everyone around them expects – a failure.  When children are constantly told, “You can’t do anything right” or, “I knew you’d mess that up” or, “You are so stupid,” what do we expect them to think of themselves?  Remember, they are the followers – we are supposed to be leading them.  The product cannot rise above the pattern.

So what are your expectations of those under you, and are you endowing them with what is required to accomplish those spiritual goals set before them?

What to do:
✞ If you don’t endow them, don’t expect.

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