If you allow God to light you, there is no way He won’t lift you.
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. Luke 11:33
“When I light, I lift.” I heard the Holy Spirit whisper this to me a few months ago and at the time it was a word of encouragement to me to keep pressing in. These words made me reflect on the scripture above.
We have always been taught to aspire for greatness and there is nothing wrong with that. You know I can go on about the topic of standing out for Jesus Christ. As God’s children, greatness is encoded into our spirits. But I have come to realise it’s not automatic, it has to be activated. And there is a process that comes with this activation. I call it “The lighting process.”
Let me be honest with you. The lighting process is not easy. Think about it, when we light a candle, we are actually burning it. If the candle could speak, it would probably be screaming in pain. If we were using gardening terms, another word for the “lighting process” would be “pruning”
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:2 [NKJV]
These were the words of Jesus Himself, confirming that He intentionally works on His children to make them bear more fruit. The preparation that makes for anything valuable is never easy. I’m sure we’ve all heard of the metaphors about gold and diamond, and the beauty that emerges from them only after much processing.
How about athletes, who have to go through rigorous training to become the champions that we all know and admire?
Every beautiful and valuable thing requires careful preparation and processing.
How then does God prepare us?
Through regular and consistent prayer
As we spend more time in the place of prayer, God begins to work on us and strengthen us. I emphasise the word “time” because this is very important. Let us never feel like we need to rush out of God’s presence, it pays to wait with Him. We learn to hear His voice better as we fellowship and commune with Him. As we pray in the spirit, our spirit is built up and edified.
Through the study of God’s word
I can never stop emphasizing the importance of the word of God in our lives. It’s so much more than “a book” we have to read every day. As we engage the word of God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, He begins to renew our minds and so transform us to be more like Jesus. I hope to do a full post on this later, but I’ll just mention a few things here. Our mindset, culture and ideology can have a big impact on how far we can walk with God.
So, as we walk with God, He begins to work on all those mindsets we carried over from our lives before we met Him and like a surgeon cuts, He cuts out those things that are not in line with the ways of His Kingdom and replaces them with His principles and ideologies. This is done by the Holy Spirit through the word of God.
Through our personal circumstances and situations
God often uses various situations and happenings whether good or bad to build a certain character or quality into our lives. I’ve seen this happen to me countless times and these things only make sense when you look back. For example, when I didn’t get into university at the first attempt, I really struggled, but through that, He taught me that my love for Him shouldn’t be dependent on the things that happen to me.
Through constraints on your life
As you walk with God, He may put certain constraints on your life that may seem unfair because others seem to be doing those things freely. This may even be things that aren’t bad in themselves, are just excesses. God lead to put more effort and time in building certain aspects of your life. For example, God may require you to wake up earlier to pray, spend an extra hour in bible study or fast on certain days of the week. God may say He doesn’t want you to have certain things or go to certain places. You may look around and wonder why God is being so hard on you, but you must realise that the price for greatness usually involves sacrifice.
So, remember whom God lights, He lifts and if He is taking His time to prepare you then He has already prepared your spot at the top. So, let us go through the process, it might a slightly uncomfortable but that’s because you are gold!
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Written by Ayowade Adeleye (Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!)