I have had this saying stuck in my head for a while… You have called me higher. Part of that could be because a friend shared this song with me, and I cannot quit playing it over and over and over. Take a listen…
It’s beautiful, isn’t it?… It moves me to tears every time I listen to it.
Today God shared, or I should say re-shared, with me something about this…
Higher doesn’t mean what we think in this world. It doesn’t mean the next step. It doesn’t mean we are moving up to a higher position like it might mean at work. It’s not a step-by-step process, perfectly laid out so where can map it out. We are not climbing up a ladder to Christ.
Make no mistake friends… it doesn’t mean it cannot be that way. God can do anything. He knows our plans and He has plans for us.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lordestablishes his steps.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
David, a man after God’s heart, even talks about this in Psalms 25.
Ok, so what does “higher” mean? There is no simple answer to this question. There is no one size fits all answer. Like David mentioned, that is something you will have to seek after God to answer. And if you seek Him, He will answer you. It may not be what you want to hear, you may not understand it, but He will answer you.
For me, He reminded me of this…
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
He reminded me that Higher is not a vertical thing for me but digging into a deeper relationship with Him.
So what’s deeper? Again there is no one size fits all answer.
For me… He showed me that deeper for me means to follow Him . Deeper means listening to Him more than defending Him; He’s got that covered. He has a softer approach than what I would choose. Deeper means being real…
So I wanna take a rabbit trail here for a minute.
Being real… So yesterday and today I had the opportunity to practice what He was teaching me here about being real… and it was hard. Of course, He didn’t promise it would be easy. On the contrary, He said:
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
I had the opportunity to share my servings of humble pie yesterday; which was hard enough to eat let alone share with the world. Then today I had the opportunity to share I didn’t know something…
The second one may not seem that hard, but I was the leader in this group. While it may seem silly now, I struggled with this a bit.
You see, we all put this pressure on leaders no matter what they are leading, whether it be a small group, a Sunday school class, a preacher, a church leader, you name it…. to be perfect, flawless, knowledgeable.
Now, I know some of you may immediately jump up and say I don’t do that, I don’t expect that, and you may not… or you may not realize it until you are put in the position to see that a leader has fallen off the pedestal that they have been placed on.
Moreover, even if a leader has not had that pressure put on by others, they may put themselves under that pressure…. Maybe that is for good reason. James 3 talks about how much damage words spoken can do.
Even Jesus at the end of a parable, said this…
Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
Does that mean teachers and leaders are perfect… no… They will be judged with greater strictness for what they say, but it doesn’t say they will be perfect. I think that is also why we are told to…
Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
Also, it is pointed out in the scripture below that those who are called are not the strongest, the wisest…
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
All that to say that God showed me that going deep meant being real, and being real meant showing that I don’t know everything, that I mess up, that I am not perfect…
And that is ok…
That’s kinda why He called me.
Circling back… to me, Him calling me higher means that He is calling me to go deeper. Deeper than my comfort zone, deeper than my understanding, deeper than I can imagine. I just need to follow Him.
Friends, He is Calling you higher… to what, how, when, or where I do not know, but I do know how you can find out… just ask Him and listen… He’ll answer you I know it.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Take a listen to that song one more time above….
As always friends,