Many times Christians who are called to begin a big, new assignment pin their hopes on receiving a powerful word from the Lord to kick off the next phase of their lives with a supernatural bang! They fantasize about receiving a prophecy that might go something like this: “Thus sayeth the Lord, I have called and anointed you to take My Word to the nations!”
Inwardly these believers long to hear God tell them, “I will do wonderful and earth-shaking things through you as you take on this big assignment.” To them this kind of prophetic utterance would be the “green light” they needed to rest assured that they will have amazing, unprecedented success in all of their endeavors.
However, expecting God to give you this kind of prophetic word isn’t realistic. For example, if you look at the life of Joshua, you’ll see that he didn’t receive that kind of word when it was time for him to assume his new role. He did receive a word from the Lord, but it wasn’t an incredibly encouraging, flowery prophecy. Rather, it was straight to the point and hard to hear, and it probably struck him like a slap in the face.
God started out by saying, “MOSES MY SERVANT IS DEAD…” (Joshua 1:2). What a way for Joshua to start his ministry! Then God continued, “…Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.”
When Joshua heard those fateful words, “Moses My servant is dead,” it must have hit him really hard. But mourning for Moses wouldn’t help or change the situation. Moses’ role had already been fulfilled, and the next phase of God’s plan was about to begin. It was time for Joshua to stop looking backward and start looking ahead. It was time for Joshua to start focusing on his future.
When a phase of your spiritual walk is finished, it can never be extended or repeated. All you can do is move forward toward the next new assignment God gives you.
Have you ever come to a place in your life when you knew that your present season was ending and that it was time to move on — no matter how glorious or wonderful that season had been? If so, you learned a universal truth: When a phase of your spiritual walk is finished, it can never be extended or repeated. All you can do is move forward toward the next new assignment God gives you.
However, if God has put a dream in your heart that has yet to be fulfilled, you wouldn’t want to stay forever where you are right now anyway! If you did, you’d never break into new territory and see that dream come to pass. You’d never know what it’s like to throw your fears and apprehensions to the wind and fervently pursue God’s perfect plan for your life!
Breaking free of your comfort zone to accept your new assignment — whether it’s witnessing to your neighbor or moving across the world to preach the Gospel — will make you feel like you’re living on the edge. It may be difficult at first. But after you’ve lived out on the edge for a while and grown accustomed to the daily adventure of serving Jesus Christ, you’ll wonder how you were ever satisfied before you stepped out in faith. In retrospect, your former life will look boring and terribly uneventful compared to your new walk of obedience, which is filled with power and daily adventure as you watch to see what God will do through you.