The Next Level

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Growing and maturing in Christ and as a person can sometimes be much more intimidating than we think. We constantly ask ourselves if we are even worthy or ready to take up a greater task and we wait until we are very sure before we dive into it. We tend to be afraid to take the risk; we fear failure and the shame of it, and this prevents us from progressing. However, I have begun to realize the principle that the sooner we overcome that fear and move on, the faster we will learn and soar. Mistakes are only considered mistakes if we don’t learn from them.

John 15:16 (NIV)
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”

When we put our trust in Jesus, there is good news that we can rejoice in. We often think too much about whether or not we are prepared for the task ahead, but God tells us in John 15:16 that He is the One who has chosen and appointed us, and since He has done so, surely He thinks that we are qualified for the task. There is no need to doubt or worry because our God knows us more than we know ourselves. Growing is about stepping out of our comfort zones. If we are not consistently pushing ourselves beyond what we are familiar and choose to stay comfortable, then we know we are not making much progress. The common saying ‘no pain no gain’ is so true. We need to get into the habit of challenging ourselves and having a can-do attitude built on our faith in God. You know, I am glad that God doesn’t always give me what I want, but rather what’s best for me. I like to stay put where I am and keep things at a status quo, but God always gives me much more than I can handle so that I don’t remain at my current level.

Romans 8:37 (NKJV)
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

God calls us more than conquerors and He will never put us in a situation where we would only fail. His true desire is always about what is best for us. Remember, God used many ordinary people to do extraordinary things because they were obedient and they trusted Him.

Exodus 3:10-12 (NIV)
10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

When God called upon Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses, just like many of us, questioned his readiness and whether he was up to the task that God had given Him. But of course, if God knew that Moses could not do it, would He have chosen him? An amazing truth that we have at hand is the fact that we do not face our tasks by ourselves, but we have an all-powerful and loving Father by our side, guiding us and aiding us. When I gained knowledge about all these, my life took a turn. I begin to anticipate the challenges that come my way because I know that God is taking me to the next level through these tough tasks. It grows me in character, perseverance and faith! I have to constantly rely on Jesus for strength and confidence to carry on even when success is nowhere to be seen yet. I fall at times, but He picks me up and keeps me going despite how much I feel like I cannot handle it. God tells us to walk by faith, not by sight or feelings.

Some time ago, I found myself involved in many responsibilities and it made me feel very overwhelmed, almost to the point of burnout. I must tell you that it wasn’t easy going through all that. It seemed to me like I just had too much to handle, but really, it was all part of God’s purpose in my life to grow me into a stronger and more resilient Christian. Soon enough, it all settled down and things became manageable. What I am trying to say is that whenever we face a tough task, we should remember that God is at work in our lives to mold us into better people. Do not give up halfway because it gets difficult, but press on and you will see the results of your perseverance and faith. If you give up, you won’t get to see the bright side of things, but as long as you stand strong and continue, something amazing is waiting on the other side.

Let us pray.

“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your great plan and purpose in my life that is all for my good. Thank You for giving me more than I can handle not to break me, but to grow me and help me reach beyond my own limits. I know that it may not always be easy, but I pray You would remind me that You are by my side no matter what and You will guide me and instruct me in the way that I should go. Help me to throw aside all my fear and doubts and put my faith in You. I pray that with this knowledge, I will face my challenges with a new spirit and eagerness to grow into a stronger and better instrument of righteousness for You. I give You all the praise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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