There are people that the scripture calls ‘The Remnant.‘ In days of old, these were Israelites who survived the war and slavery and could now return to their homeland.
These days, the remnants are those who insist on waving God’s banner of righteousness against the odds. They don’t just talk the talk. They walk the talk. They walk the work.
With such devotion to the Lord and his precepts, you’d think that these people had a special spot in life. That by maximum surrender to the Lord, they were going to ascend the mountains of influence automatically.
They were already living a sold-out life and enduring persecution. Shouldn’t the reward be an abrupt and absolute promotion?
Maybe, but eventually. Because the remnants (of Israel) will take root downwards first!
God did not shake or waiver on his principles. Remnant or not, the first thing to do to ascend in life is to take roots downwards.
It’s expedient at this point to mention that the status of being a ‘Remnant’ was not of your own making. It was the zeal of the Lord that set you aside.
What His selection criteria were, we don’t know. But that you are a remnant today is courtesy of the Lord’s zeal. To Elijah, the Lord said, “I have kept for myself 7000 men”. They didn’t keep themselves. God did.
How are you building the foundations of your life?
Simply knowing God or enjoying his mercies doesn’t assign you success.
- You MUST take root downwards.
- You MUST grow stamina.
- You MUST erect sturdy foundations.
- You MUST gain mastery.
- You MUST explore information.
- You MUST harness knowledge.
- You MUST grow organically.
The depth of your root determines the height of your shoot.
You can choose to be a pepper plant with shallow roots that the wind can uproot. Or you can choose to patiently take 3 years to build the type of root that allows you to shoot like bamboo. But by all means, take root downwards!