the paradox of promotion – pt.1
This has been in my spirit lately…I hope you enjoy!
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds onto life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”
-Jesus (John 12:24-25 The Message)
We are citizens of an upside-down kingdom. The path to the top is a journey to the bottom. Success is not measured by the earthly standards of how many people answer to you, but rather, of heavenly standards of how many people you have affectionately served.
Jesus was the manifestation of this kingdom, the kingdom incarnate. Serving was not just His message but also His mission and His manner of life. Jesus, the King of kings, declared over His own life;
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28 NKJV).
This simple statement is the quintessential paradox of promotion.
In order for us to operate in this paradoxical kingdom, we must understand the process that Christ walked through. The scripture says;
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV).
We, the body of Christ, have the riches of the kingdom. Christ Who was rich (heavenly) became poor (took on flesh) so that we who were poor (already flesh) could become rich (heavenly) through Him.
Two questions come to mind.
1. What is our appropriate position in Christ and how do we apply that truth?
Paul, in writing Ephesians, often called the Epistle of the Heavenlies, declared our position. He said;
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in the heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6 NKJV).
Question one – answered! Our appropriate position as the body of Christ is to be seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:20 NKJV). That is good news.
2. How do we take our seat?
How do we operate in this truth? Let me break the cardinal rule and answer that question with a question. How did Christ take His seat? The answer to the latter question establishes a pattern that in turn answers the initial question.
So, how did Christ take His seat? There are four strategic moments in which Christ demonstrates the process to promotion…these next few blogs will be dedicated to those four moments…I hope you will join me in this journey!