“Push! Reach! Climb!” You push, reach, and climb, but still don’t have the flashy car, bright lights, nor the big home, big bank account, or the big name you desire. By society’s standards, you’re failing and living subpar. Stop.You’re already successful. You’re already on the high ground. Says who?! Says God—and only His validation matters.
Society leads us to believe that if we’re not doing something “big,” then we’re not doing anything significant. Consequently, this lie from the enemy leads many to ignore their high calling, in order to pursue fleeting matters, rather than things eternal. To avoid losing your position on the higher ground, you must understand your identity in Christ and resist being measured by the world.
Here’s how you can navigate in a world that continues to push for “next”:
1) Understand Your Position
Our society challenges us to be persons of constant progress. However, we need to believe that we’ve already graduated. We’re not striving to get there. My friend and colleague, Hakim Hazim, helped me to understand this concept. As co-founder of the web-based Christian think tank, Freedom Squared, he says,
It is the world who has yet to realize who you are and where you’re truly seated—in a higher place. God will reveal you at the right time before the right people. (Freedom Squared)
Satan wants to instill doubt and fear in us. He wants us to think God has forgotten us, or is blessing everyone but us. God will reveal you at the right time.
Continue to operate obediently in your attributes, gifts, and talents. Understand that your position and influence will be revealed in perfect time. You won’t have to promote it.
The Bible says, A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. (Proverbs 18:16 NIV) Wear your talents well, and never apologize for or compromise them.
2) Know God Has Great Plans for You
Those of the world want to map out their own plans, while those who’ve asked God to be the author of their lives, hand the reins over to Him. Who would want to hand over such control, especially when we have certain intelligence to figure several things out for ourselves? This idea conflicts with our logic and nature. However, God tells us,
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
If we communicate with Him regularly, He’ll let us know what He desires for us to do. We can then implement an active faith toward our calling.
3) Be Anxious for Nothing
Our progress-driven society can cause anxiety and stress. However, God desires for His people to operate in rest and peace.
God has no problem accomplishing what He’s going to do—we simply have a hard time waiting on Him.
In our impatience, we sometimes move ahead of God, but this is wrong. People ultimately want a shorter route to get what they want. Don’t fall into desperation or feelings of abandonment. Your work is not in vain.
4) Our Best Opportunity for Success is Obedience
Obedience says, “I will follow, no matter the cost, even if I don’t know the cost.” God desires our obedience over sacrifice. God is creating something very special in you. Sometimes the “shiny objects” offered by this world appear to be a quick way to take us from where we are, to where we want to be. However, don’t take the bait.
If you’re going to strive, strive for remaining obedient to your purpose, which is your success.
This life is about decreasing us and increasing Christ. While we can’t see the details ahead, we do know where we’re going, and it is good. While the world is pushing to “get somewhere,” the truth is, as Christians, we’ve already graduated. This is made possible through our life perfected in Christ Jesus.
Stand on the Word of God today.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)