Performance mindset asks, “What can I do for God?”
The premise of the question is me and my contribution. The onus is on me to achieve, to accomplish, to make things happen. Performance is a slavery mindset. It implies if I don’t make myself useful, I don’t deserve a seat at His table. Because what is at stake is my worth and existence, a typical fruit of a performance mindset is anxiety and stress.
Partnership mindset asks, “What God can do through me?”
The premise of the question is God and His unchanging and unconditional love for me as my heavenly Father, because of the reconciliation of my sins through the blood of Christ. His love is revealed to me through the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore the onus is on God, whose desire is to show the world His love and mercy through my story with Him. A partnership mindset is rooted in a mindset of sonship and inheritance. It implies given my permanent seat at His table as His child and heir, He longs to glorify Himself with my life by what He does in and through me. Because it operates from a secured relationship of love, and the source of love is the magnificent God, the One who spoke the universe into being with just His words, instead of taking an aloft position from on high, He lowers Himself to relate to me, a sinner, intimately as my Father. Therefore, a typical fruit of a partnership mindset is anticipation and rest.
There is boundless freedom and abundance in living a life of partnership with my heavenly Father. He is able to do immeasurable more than all I ever ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within me. His stories through my life, and with other believers, that is His Church, bring Him glory for many to see, not just now but transcends many generations to come [Ephesians 3:19,20].