Have you ever tried to hold on to something that you should have gotten rid of a long time ago? You keep trying to convince yourself and others that even though you aren’t using it right now, you may need it one day. Everyone is telling you Let it Go!
Sometimes when God is trying to give us a new thing, we risk delaying it or missing it because we are still trying to hold on to the old. Let it Go!
I recently walked through this very thing. For years I have worked behind the scenes taking care of all of the logistics. I enjoyed it and God blessed me to execute in Excellence. I didn’t need recognition, I just wanted it done right. Recently, I have been, I won’t say pushed I will just say nudged, from behind the scenes to the forefront. Before I recognized what was happening, I kept fighting to remain in my comfortable place behind the scenes.
Then, one day in prayer, as I was crying out to God asking why He was allowing me to be pushed out of that position, I heard Him clearly (in my spirit) say, “Let it Go. You have served well there and because of your faithfulness I am going to do a new thing in you and through you.” Immediately, I began reflecting on the many Promises of God that have been spoken over my life. I thought to myself “That’s what this is! That’s what this is! He told me He was going to use me mightily, so why am I surprised?”
So often we think because we perform well and we are comfortable in a certain place, that surely this is where God has called us to stay. You may be in that place temporarily for training, sharpening of your gifts or God-given talent, to learn patience, or for the development of the Fruit of the Spirit in your life, which will lead to character development; but you are NOT meant to stay there. So, when the call comes, Let it Go!
His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:21).
God wants to do great and mighty things through you, so you can’t stay on the back side of the mountain. He has called you out of darkness into His Marvelous Light.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
Your desire to work in the Spirit of Excellence behind the scenes, even when no one is looking and it seems no one notices, is what has made you a hand-picked candidate to be used by God. He is looking for those who have no desire to take His Glory, but who will point people to Him. You can’t stay in your comfort zone. Perhaps you thought you were safe there and no one would notice you and call you out. Let it Go!
1 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”
2 But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” “Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord.
3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”
4 So Samuel did as the Lord instructed. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?”
5 “Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too.
6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
8 Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the Lord has chosen.”
9 Next Jesse summoned Shimea, [a] but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the Lord has chosen.”
10 In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”
11 Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”
12 So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”
13 So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah (1 Samuel 16:1-13 NLT).
There may be some who question your motives, but don’t let it cause you to doubt. The reason you know your motives are pure is because if you are honest with yourself, the thing you are trying to hold on to, you’ve recently started to feel as if it wasn’t as fulfilling anymore; but you are holding on to it because you want to remain faithful, and honor your commitment to the Lord. You haven’t yet realize that you are growing weary because you are being called to the next level. The call to the next level is none of your doing, promotion comes from the Lord; this is your season, your time for promotion is now (Psalm 75:6-7)!
You don’t even think that you are qualified, and you can think of others who appear to be more qualified than you; and this is precisely why God desires to use you. You not being qualified is perfect, because those He calls He qualifies. You acknowledge that the only way you can do it is with the help of the Lord, and that’s why you have been chosen.
So, That Settles It, that cherished position behind the scenes, Let it Go! Your time is now! The King has extended you His Scepter. You have found favor in His sight, and He wants to put you on display for the world to see your good works and Glorify Him (Matthew 5:16).