From uncomfortable situations to joyous occasions, everything we encounter is intentional. As we continue to live out God’s will for our lives, situation after situation will prepare us for continued elevation. However, if we hide our purpose, or become lazy in fulfilling our purpose, God has nothing to elevate.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV)
Paging through the Bible, we can see Biblical characters personifying preparation and elevation as a common theme. Before Moses was elevated to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 14), he first learned to lead flocks of animals (Exodus 3). Before David was elevated to kill Goliath, he first learned how to kill lions and bears to protect his sheep (1 Samuel 17). Before Jesus’ first disciples were fishers of men, they were actual fishermen (Matthew 4).
Likewise, if we look back over our lives, we can see how experiences in childhood and the near past have taught us lessons and prepared us for elevation. If we continue to trust God’s preparation process, not only will opportunities for growth present themselves, but we will continually see God’s promises come to life.
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…” (Ephesians 1:11 NIV)
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