I think we can all agree that no one likes to experience pain, suffering or disappointments. No one likes to be let down by family and friends or have their hearts broken by those they love. We do everything we possibly can to avoid the things that hurt us and often we try to protect ourselves by ensuring we never go through those experiences again. This is no different for the Christian; after all we are still human beings with feelings and emotions. We didn’t lose the ability to feel when we made the commitment to following the Lord. In fact the ability to feel the pain of others is often greatly increased. When we come to the Lord, there is a process involved in cleaning us up, preparing us for the journey and equipping us to endure to the end. To achieve this we must go through the process, the pain, suffering and sacrifices just as Christ did; not that I am saying it is all pain and suffering.
Imagine for a moment you would like to be a brain surgeon. You cannot say “I want to be a brain surgeon” and by the next week you are a brain surgeon. There is a process to go through. Lots and lots of studying, sleepless nights, exams, sacrifices, failures in not achieving the grades you need and going back to the drawing board. The trauma of losing patients whether through no fault of your own or through mistakes made on that journey. Becoming qualified and registering with the necessary bodies, and respecting the authority of those over you. There is no other way that you can become a brain surgeon unless you go through the process and endure to the end and even then, there is ongoing training to maintain your skills level and keep up with new procedures, technology or even to pioneer new procedures yourself. If someone told me they got up one day and decided to be a brain surgeon and a year or so later they were ready to operate on my brain, I’d have to take my chances WITHOUT the operation!!
Yet often as Christians we come to the Lord, spend no time with Him to find out what His purpose is for our lives, and can’t be bothered to study the Word of God and allow it to feed our spirit. We don’t talk to Him so we have no relationship with Him, but we decide that we want something and expect to get it by bypassing His process. We have our own agenda and put our action plan in place. My question to you then is, “if you can’t bypass the process in the world why would you think you can bypass God’s process?” Surely that’s disrespectful! We cannot fulfil our destiny in Christ if we bypass God’s processes. We must suffer a little, make sacrifices, hurt a little, go through disappointments to come out the other side, stronger, wiser and with a testimony. Ready for the next challenge that life throws at us.
If you come to the Lord today and try to be a preacher, teacher, prophet and such like, a month; year later, you are trying to bypass the process. You have learned nothing, have experienced nothing, you have no testimony, you cannot stand in the face of adversity and you certainly will not know how to deal with the challenges of that office. Three of the most important things you will need to start working on the moment you come to the Lord is your relationship with God, spending real quality time with Him, speaking to Him and listening when He speaks to you. Finding out what you are called to do, what your purpose is. If you don’t know what you are called to do how can you fulfil your destiny? Then you need to learn to wait on the Lord. Let Him train you and take you through the processes required for your ministry.
To achieve anything in life there is always an underlying process!
Isaiah 40:28-31 (KJV)
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.