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Art Williams is an insurance executive and master motivator. He founded what is today Primerica Financial Services, the largest financial services company in the US. Years before the internet, he held weekly video conferences for his company’s 100,000 plus agents. He would motivate his employees by talking about their need to “get a mad on.” This translates into the idea that action is connected to emotional investment.
I would submit that one of the rules of entering the new life in Christ is getting mad. In Ephesians 4, Paul begins to list what a person should be doing as a result of everything God has done. In verse 26 one of the instructions is to be angry. This is a command. Paul is quoting this from Psalm 4:4. Isn’t that a curious rule? Paul is saying we need to get a mad on.
This isn’t “flying off the handle” in a way that offends God, though. It says, “Be angry; but do not sin.” Plus, there is to be a boundary to this. The second half of that verse says, “Do not let the sun go down on your anger.” In essence, a person can get revved up, but it is not to be a perpetual state. Spouses love quoting this verse to one another in the midst of an argument, although the context is not marital. It is about being positioned for action.
I was listening to the Dave Ramsey Show a couple of days ago. A guy called in with $200,000 debt. He works as a physician’s assistant earning a six figure income. He told Ramsey that he was on track to retire his debt in the next seven years. Ramsey calculated that as slow progress. Ramsey then explained how this man needs to get mad about his situation in order to see results. Until this guy got his mad on, he would languish in his sea of debt.
God wants you to get angry over certain situations in your life right now.
God allowed the people to get their mad on as slaves in Egypt. In Exodus 2:23 it says, “The Israelites groaned under their slavery, and cried out. Out of the slavery their cry for help rose up to God.” Jesus talked about getting vicious with our condition. He said in Matthew 5:29, “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” This isn’t a picture of dispassionate action. One would have to be pretty angry to gouge an eye. It is a picture of being fired up. This person is sick and tired of the way things are.
What do you need to get mad about?
  • Do you need to get mad about the state of your finances?
  • Do you need to get mad about the condition of the church?
  • Do you need to get mad about the shape your personal health is in?
  • Do you need to get mad about the brokenness of a relationship?
Until you get mad about the situation, you will not have the emotional investment to take the action you need to take.
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