Many churches preach that if you place Jesus first, you go to the front of the line immediately.
The truth is when you genuinely put Jesus first, so much so to allow Him to prepare you correctly for extraordinary opportunity later, it is a long and drawn-out process that will test you to your core.
God will try your faith to its limits to stretch you to be filled with a greater glory later, one that many unwilling will never know.
They took the first word-initially and dove into opportunities given by someone who liked them or wanted to see them succeed, but the person was not ready.
So then, what happens?
Well, worst-case scenario, they mess it up somehow by relying on the opinions of others rather than God, and the opportunity becomes a slip and slide back down to ground floor zero, leaving the saint to start over again to mature.
Another scenario could be that the person becomes so rooted in self-achieving that their faith turns into compromise, speeding up the process to a place that limits them from going any farther. They will become one who is constantly striving but never arriving.
Or perhaps a Saint will start out placing faith in Jesus, and as He opens doors, they become filled with pride but, the people they side with also having pride don’t mind it, so they partner and become immersed in money and idolatry.
To onlookers, it appears they are touching the stars, but sadly, now they are making their way to hell unless they repent and change.
Then there are those chosen few who genuinely place their faith in Jesus Christ, loving Him first before everything else because their heart is rooted in pleasing God and getting it right.
The long, drawn-out walk of confidence in the Word of God and His voice.
The willing take a wilderness journey through the deserts Barron and harsh terrain. The place of persecution, testing, emptiness, mockery, and an obstacle course that makes no sense, but you do it anyway because God is telling you to.
This road is less traveled, and because of this, there aren’t any “help stations” along this highway, nothing but the open air and the breath of God to sustain you.
Yet every few miles, a beautiful vehicle will pull up and ask you if you need help. Reluctantly you say yes, and as they open the door to let you in, the person in the backseat says, “no, I don’t like how they look,” and they slam the door in your face and drive away, leaving you to mend your wounds by praying for them while you were the one left stranded.
Sadly, those beautiful vehicles were other ministries fully functioning to help you and show you the way. Still, the original person who saw God in you chose to ignore Christ because of the demons who whispered in their ear.
How do demons function? Through people, please read Ephesians 6:12.
So then you continue on past every maroge and what happens during this intense preparation is our faith in Christ becomes so pure and magnified. Jesus then starts to download Revelation and maps to follow.
Whereas on each road, he presents to you hundreds of people who have less than you, handicapped if it were, and God’s giftings through you healed them, so they too started walking on the road after Christ.
But remember, you are in the desert, and no one saw it, but Jesus and the saved and healed never saw you again to share their testimony openly.
This is what faith in Jesus Christ looks like while preparing for the final destination.
Yes, there will be snakes and every wild animal chasing after you along the way, but you never run. You face each with courage and virtue while God gives you the strength to wrestle wild lions and bears to the ground.
At the same time, the occasional pack of hyenas sneaks up behind you but seemingly effortlessly, you overcome them by the authority of God. It looks easy to the onlookers secretly hiding behind the cactus, watching and not knowing the material and physical costs of each challenge.
Jesus allowed this to strengthen you!
To conclude, this is the walk of a Saint while being equipped; it is a lonely road and often dark because day becomes night every evening, and there are no streets lights in the wilderness.
I encourage anyone who has taken the walk of faith that I have to walk boldly in your calling.
The lengths that Christ has gone to protect you will take you to the end of the enormous opportunity to fulfill the Word you were given tears ago.
Did I say tears? Yes, I meant year’s but both apply so I will keep it.
The year’s marching faithfully while paying the price at every turn-style to enter the next season and testing while saving many along the way.
Do not worry about the looks, sneering, or the double standards from those who envy the gifts you have paid to receive.
Those unwilling to take out their wallet and pour out their life, material things, family, and all for Christ can not afford to judge.
The Bible says, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” —Philippians 1:6
When you place all trust in Christ, He will set all trust in you, equipping you to be trusted with the things others will not be asked to handle for His Kingdom.
You belong to God, and He loves you!
Keep going, trusting, living, loving, persevering in the quality of Christ. There are more than you know watching the miraculous unfold.
Your example proves that Christ can do all things for those who love Him.
Sinner Saved By Grace