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Topic: Willingness (02/21/05)
TITLE: The Volunteer State
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Roget’s Thesaurus (1922 version) gives” voluntariness” as a synonym for the word “willingness”, so, with this in mind, we could say that Tennessee is the Willing State. The phrase, “willing volunteers” is redundant because inherent in volunteer is willingness. Many times, we think of volunteerism in terms of doing something for the love of it rather than for pay. Someone might ask about a particular job or position, “Is this position paid, or is it volunteer?” This implies a certain motivation on our part.
In relationship to God and his Kingdom, do we live in the volunteer state? Are we willing do be and to do what has designed for each one of us? Willingness implies a forward movement. Are we volunteering to move forward in God’s time and place? Living in a volunteer state involves serious commitment that relies on our integrity to finish the work. Do we willingly surrender to the task with an eye toward the goal of its completion?
Living in a volunteer state is not a solo venture, but a group effort. I Thessalonians 5:11(NIV) says “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” In other words, “Let’s go Vols.”
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