Has anyone ever heard of D30? It is a fantastic new product, which is almost claylike in texture, and can be easily moulded. Unlike clay, D30 becomes rock solid upon impact. You can hit it with a sledge hammer, and it will break the hammer. You can run over a blob of this stuff and it feels like a bump and dependant on speed, could damage your wheel. D30 is being used in the protection of mobile phones, being moulded in cases, to protect them when they are dropped. I think it is also being introduced into the inside of phones themselves for this very reason.
In this study I am suggesting that each of us should have a D30 mentality. Now this may seem strange, but when you really think about it, you’ll be able to see where I’m coming from. So journey with me through my concept, and God’s word, wont you? And let’s see where we end up.
A D30 Mentality
Now, I propose that the D30 mentality has three attitudes, which make up the mentality. As you read on, I’ll introduce each attitude, and give some tips on how to achieve it. I’m not saying this is a step by step guide, as I have no right to proclaim such a thing. This is something which is a continual process, which we need to make a conscious effort to apply and live out.
An attitude of Love
The first attitude I propose is an attitude of Love. We each as Christians strive to become more like Jesus every day. Or at least we intend to. The very fact that Jesus is God, and God is Love, means that we should at all times look to show that aspect of who God is through our lives.
D30 in its initial state is soft and almost gooey. This is how most people view love, hence the comparison. Let’s look at what the bible says about love, and what tips it gives us about how to show it.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us the characteristics of Love. Love is patient, kind, is not jealous, boastful or proud. Love does not demand its own way, is not irritable, and keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not rejoice at injustice, but does so whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
These characteristics ARE an instruction manual on how to love. Applying these to ever situation in life will allow us to measure how loving we are being, and how we can improve.
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40 NLT
This verse informs us that what we do to even the least of people, you are doing to Jesus. In that respect shouldn’t we treat each other in a way we deem acceptable to treat the Lord?
An attitude of enduring, unshakable, unbreakable Faith
If there is one character flaw that Christians worldwide need to remove entirely, it’s that we are quitters. We are told time and time again in the bible to endure, and fight to the bitter end.
So what is faith? The definition is as follows:
1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
The biblical definition is as follows:
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” Hebrews 11:1 NLT.
Through analysing and combining the two, we can see a clear map for our faith.
- Have confidence in the Hope Jesus brings, in the promises of God, and in each other.
- Live as thought what you believe will be proven, even when you don’t have the details (facts)
- Believe the Word of God, which is provided through the Bible. Act on it. Live according to it.
- Be bold in declaring what you believe. Don’t shy away from admitting who you are.
There are two major biblical examples of enduring faith. First of we have Moses who led the Israelites through the desert wilderness for 40 years, whilst Paul says in his letter to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NLT.
Both of these men are prime examples of how to live a life of unbreakable, unshakable, enduring faith.
If we take the example of these two great men, and adopt the principles set forth here, we can develop an attitude that will enable us to stand firm in our faith, no matter what we come up against, and endure all trials. And I promise you this, there will be trials.
Loving and praising God in EVERY circumstance.
This attitude is possibly the hardest to apply in the D30 mentality. It’s human nature. When we suffer, or face anguish, or hardship, it is in our human nature to try and find someone to blame.
If we take a look at the bible, and the truly great example set by Job, we see a fantastic roadmap to success in this area.
In Job 3 we see an extremely dramatic, and lengthy… well moan. Wouldn’t you given his situation? He has just lost his entire family, and spent an entire week sat covered in the most horrific skin disease, with some friends there to comfort him, but with no conversation. You’d be a little annoyed right? Well Job does not once curse God, he does not blame God. Rather he defends God, when asked why he wasn’t cursing.
In Job 6, he is forced to defend his integrity. At the time, bad things happening to you, was deemed as a direct result of sin in your life. This was the perception of the day. Should you have told everyone you are Christian, and something bad happens in your life, people will be watching to see how you react.
Job 7, has Job crying out to God. He is asking what sin it may have been he did. He is trying to ask God to stop testing him for his last few days alive, I assume that he may have some peace from his suffering in his last days. He does not hate God for his trouble, but rather asks for a reprieve. He acknowledges that with God, there are times of success and joy, but they come with times of hardship, illness and pain.
Job 9 has him responding to a friend’s comments, agreeing with them in principle. He then goes on to say how awesomely wise, and powerful God is. He goes on to tell how regardless of his innocence, in God’s eyes he is guilty. He is acutely aware that no matter how hard we try to live our lives perfectly and blamelessly, we are still guilty, as we are born human, and born sinful.
Job continues in a back and forth between defending his innocence and honour against his three supposed friends, and talking with God, asking him to let him be and die in peace, wrestling with him, but never ceasing to praise. This continues all the way through to chapter 38.
The following Chapters are a challenge of the Lord to Job. Job never lost his integrity and never stopped believing in, or acknowledging the almighty power, of God. Job is then blessed for his attitude.
If we are able to praise God in each circumstance we find ourselves in, we will be blessed also. Fact. I find it helps to acknowledge that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, there is most likely someone worse off than ourselves.
We can all adopt a D30 mentality by applying these three attitudes. Through combining an attitude of love, an attitude of enduring, unshakable, unbreakable faith, and an attitude of loving and praising God in every circumstance, we will become more and more like Jesus every day, but also, live out an exceptional witness, which will help further the kingdom of God.
I’m not saying this will be easy. I’m not saying that anyone will ever achieve this mentality in a lifetime, as it is a continual life long process. My challenge to you is to strive to achieving this mentality for the rest of your life. So do you accept?
As ever, please give me feedback.
God Bless you all.