Level Up

Everyone wants to be at the “next level” in the areas of their lives they love the most. Whether it’s in our profession, finances, physique, or spiritual walk; we all feel uncomfortable with being comfortable and being stationary. The “next level” is the “holy grail” of accomplishment. To pursue it makes men out of mice and princes out of paupers. The pursuit of it becomes an obsession, and even an addiction, that overshadows the level itself. So much so, that once we achieve the mystical “next level,” we feel unsettled and dissatisfied.

The pursuit of it becomes an obsession, and even an addiction, that overshadows the level itself. So much so, that once we achieve the mystical “next level,” we feel unsettled and dissatisfied.

Why?

It’s because we have made the next level all about ourselves.

When one becomes inward focused, the world suffers.

I get it. It’s a beast I wrestle with every time I feel the hunger for something greater. And in the midst of all this, the thing that frustrates me the most is having the overwhelming urge to take “it” to the next level and realizing that I have no clue about how to get there.

One thing that must be understood, above all, is that the price associated with going to the next level is worth paying, regardless of the level of frustration that will inevitably accompany it. Here are a few things that need to be understood before you take your first step:

  1. God will only allow you to go to the next level when He sees that you have been faithful in the previous level.
  2. The next level is brought about by God, not you.
  3. The next level cannot be done in your own strength. It is only something God can accomplish.
  4. You will be uncomfortably stretched. It is not much fun, but there will be a peace that comes with the stretching because you know that it’s God who is doing it
  5. There are things that you can talk about with those close to you, your core group, but some things you will have to dig for alone in your secret place of prayer
  6. It will be very important that you hear and follow the voice of the Lord. Chances are that no one has been where you are going and so it will be impossible to imitate others.

Your private times of prayer are going to be of the utmost importance. You will receive some things from God in an hour; other things in two hours. However, there are some things reserved for those willing to go past that. The gold is deep in the ground and few are willing to dig for it. You will go way beyond yourself, but know this, that there is no better place to be.

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Next Gen Pastor, River Valley Church

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