The Cost of Epic

praiseWhen we get a vision for our destiny, we are tempted to believe that the distance between here and there has been eliminated. When we see the things within us and how they are designed to come out, we can’t forget the process of development that positions us to handle their manifestation. Just because you can see it, doesn’t mean you are ready for it.

I wrote the other day about how I had realized the epic adventure that comes with a realization of God’s Kingdom. I wrote about how I started to see that there was more than I was experiencing. Little by little, I began to walk towards the vision for how things could be and have realized certain promises in my experience since then.

Of course, there is no way to capture that process in 450 word blog posts. There is so much that has to change for the new to be realized. The dissatisfaction with compromise comes at the cost of abandon. In other words, the only way to take hold of the future is to let go of the present. That idea as a concept is easy, the practical realities are more challenging. It hurts to let go and it’s scary.

If living in certain neighborhoods or school districts is the goal, it’s going to take money. For most of us, that’s going to take a job. Depending on the target, it may take a good job. Good jobs require great commitments and great commitments don’t share. It will likely be difficult to realize the epic if we are trying to make it compatible with the ordinary. God isn’t calling us into a better subdivision, He is calling us into Him.

The steps along the way which we are all currently invited into, no matter where we are in the process, depend on our “yes.” Yes depends on no to something else. The sacrifice for the adventure may be giving up the mundane. Mundane is safe; safe is predictable and predictable is comforting. If we are drawing comfort from the control of our circumstances, we likely won’t go with the Comforter to places that take us out of our manufactured comfort zone.

To get there we have to leave here. Going from glory to glory requires relinquishment of the first glory to reach the second. Our destiny is the piecing together of the glories that God will reveal. Each requires that we step forward from the previous, however. Glory comes at the cost of comfort and former glories turn into present comforts. Present comforts restrict our appetites for new glories.



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