rise to the top
Caution! When you seek promotion and greater influence, understand that with it comes increased responsibility, because if you fall, the potential to take many down with you is there!
Why do some rise to the top and then fall?
Pride. A confidence in self crowds out the confidence in God that once characterized the same person before his or her accepting a position of influence. Pride is natural; it’s a human condition… Let’s be honest. We all need to guard ourselves against the proud heart that comes in the wake of success. In every area of life, including our career field or ministry, there is always the opportunity to take pride in our accomplishments. It’s a natural occurrence.
Therefore, be supernatural.
And, when you wake up tomorrow, be supernatural again.
It may seem impossible to live beyond our natural limits, but for all who are in Christ, we are expected to do nothing short of the supernatural life. I quote this scriptural truth often, but, my goodness, it begs repeating! We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not us (2 Corinthians 4:7, NIV).
So let God be God in and through you so that you may live humbly before Him and man. And while you’re at it, stay thirsty for His Presence. Don’t let yourself get dry, but continually seek a refreshing drink of living water from His river of life.
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this He meant the Spirit… (John 7:37-39, NIV).
If others are under your leadership, the demands of your role will try you. Having a saturated spirit ensures the overflow of living water when you get squeezed like a wet sponge in a clenched fist. You want the overflow of God’s grace. So does your family, professional team or co-laborers in ministry. If only the flesh and all of its ugliness overflow when the pressure mounts upon you, then, my friend, you have a dry spirit.
Warning Signs of a Dry Spirit:
- Skipping personal devotional time to focus on work demands.
- Forsaking the gathering of believers for “downtime.”
- Hiding something from trusted advisors to avoid embarrassment.
- Finding the pastimes and desires of your old nature to be pleasurable again.
Take heart, dear leader! The Father in heaven knows our frailty. He also never planned for us to do the work on our own. He is with us, even better- in us to equip us to go beyond our limited strength.