People all over the world are seeking a position of power and influence. This is something to achieve as we pursue education, higher learning and a chance at success. The drive of the human spirit to succeed can cause tremendous accomplishment and when barriers are broken, it can make life better for people all over the world.
Because of this, there is a pressure that so many feel to rise to the highest level of corporate America or we strive to achieve greatness in the arts and to be the best in their field. This is admirable as God has made us to thrive in our gifts and purpose, but it can also be shortsighted.
When we think of positions of power and influence we tend to think of money, and to be the boss of others. So many are seeking to be this Idea, no matter the cost; therefore, families suffer, marriages are disconnected, and kids are alone. While this may not be the situation in every home, it certainly is increasing more and more in our culture.
We must guard our heart from seeking power and influence over others, versus desiring power and influence for others. There is a big difference! One is self-seeking, the other is life-giving.
However, Jesus flipped this idea long ago.
When he came, he changed the trajectory of peoples’ opportunities with God let alone their gifts and talents. When we think of achievement we must think, “From the floor up.”
Jesus gives all of us a position of power and influence and it starts at the floor. You see, when we embrace God’s ways, we receive God results. When we embrace this truth, our lives will never be the same.
From the floor up is referencing the position of power and influence that comes when we get on our knees. Yes, on our knees in prayer is place of power and influence that can alter the destiny and behavior of a person, a family, a church, a city, a nation and beyond. It all starts from the floor up.
While being on our knees isn’t the only way to pray, it reminds us of who God is and it speaks of humility. We’re so tempted to be prideful, even with Jesus; therefore, on our knees is a great place to be.
In fact, from the floor up changes things and brings about His plan and purpose through our lives. It empowers Him to fight for us, and to release angels on our behalf (see Psalms 91:11 and Hebrews 1:14).
I encourage you to pray! Don’t stop, don’t quit! He is moving on every word.
Matthew 7:7 says –
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
Notice the emphasis of keep going! This is huge and difficult at the same time. We know prayer works. We know we should pray but we struggle to do it. It’s difficult because of timing and expectations that may be unrealistic or incomplete. Yet, Jesus commissions us to keep going. There must be something to not quitting. There must be something to from the floor up that is beyond our intelligence and it’s beyond our ability.
This is when we must keep going!
I encourage you, no matter your occupation, no matter who you are, we all have the position of power and influence through Jesus. It starts from the floor up!
I ask you to join us at City Church as we have 21 days of prayer in August. I believe from this unified effort, we will see God move.
Embrace from the floor up! God is moving.
Have a great week and may Jesus do great things in our lives.