That a standstill position is hated is nothing but a living truth. It goes without saying that almost if not every one then, desires to move forward in life. Why not if not! After all, it is the desire of our loving and kind Creator. Is that not what He had in mind when His word says: “Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health as your soul prospers” (3 John 2). Yes of course!
Man therefore having seen that his desire corresponds with the wish of his Maker; seems to have left no stone unturned in the quest for the height of honor. Many work round the clock and by so doing over stress the body denying themselves rest. To a large extent, many are sickened because of the lack of rest. Did your Creator not rest? Some more take too much rest and become lazy because too much of everything is bad. In the long run, it is only a minimized percentage; that have discovered the real key to moving forward in life.
If we decide to conduct a debate over the secret of successes, the learned, will simply attribute it to education. Yes that may be right but I think we should also remember that we all came to the world blank. Empty, without anything in a more: simpler language. Permit me to ask who was it that trained the first created beings? The truth is and remains that there were no schools, colleges or universities but God in His Omniscience taught them and they, in turn passed it on. Are we passing on what we acquired of Him today?
Man do not rather we give every credit to science and technology believing completely that man evolved from apes and as such every other thing has evolved from man. It has failed to dawn on man that the ability to think and create has only been possible because we were created by the awesome Creator in His image and after His likeness. The lack of this knowledge therefore has to a large extent kept many at standstill positions in life. Most people, work like elephants and feed like ants while many more have nothing to show for their labor under the sun.
To narrow the gulf and thus check such menace, institutions are created who come up with suggestions that to a very large extent have not helped man because someone who is already down does not need to be calmed down but needs action. In the same vein the world today do not need suggestions but in dire need of solutions. If we continue with treating the signs and symptoms without taking care of the root cause, we are simply building castles in the air meaning to say it will all amount to time waste. I am simply saying that the desire to move forward should be followed up with the right attitude.
The attitude I’m talking about is the simple understanding that one can not climb up and higher without a ladder. I dare any one who is not in agreement with this to come forth and disprove this. No one can contest this because it is a living truth. Fast thinkers and creative minds who; understands the power of the ladder, have manufactured it in different forms, shapes and sizes which have helped and will continue to help with different types of climbing. The birth of taller buildings has equally given rises to elevators through which man without stress finds himself to the floor he intends to go. Wow!
These varying means and methods of moving higher have their flaws and failures. There have been cases of people already in the motion when a crack was seen on the ladder thus raising alarm. What about elevators, that sometimes refuses to open for its passengers to alight? Or do we need to talk about the experiences of those who dare to climb mountains and the dangers they are subjected to courtesy the tool of climbing! Anything made by man can never be perfect. Why then has man continued to opt for imperfect when he can go for that which can be perfect and permanent?
As with the natural ladder which helps us with our upward movements, so is there a ladder which God has ordained to help us in our upward movements in life and without this Ladder, every attempt to climb higher will always almost witness failures and disappointments. Jesus Christ is that Ladder. Hear Him: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6).
Every journey requires a direction and if you therefore move without one, you risk certain dangers. As such man has readily sought for himself directions before embarking on any journey which I believe gave birth to navigational appliances. In air and seaports, there are signals and control towers that passes on information nevertheless there are still mishaps. Journeying on the roads does not give any guarantee because of the pot holes and pressing the wrong knobs by the drivers. All these happen because every man made direction is questionable. Still at that, we have continued to opt for the man made as against the direction that leads to eternity.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, says without mincing words that He is the way. What way or way to where one may ask? This way does not have one direction but directions to every facet of life. In other words, He is the way to every good thing which you would want Him to be. Way to divine health, prosperity, promotion, success, victory just to mention but a few. It is painful that man has refused to go through this way instead has continued to seek for direction where there seems to be none. Are we not at the receiving end?
A very good instance is the case of since man has decided to ignore this way in our marriages and opt for man made ways. The by products of such decisions are felt all over. Single parents are on the increase while the number of broken homes heightens. What about our children who are denied the joy of growing up under the tutelage of both fathers and mothers! Man has rejected the path way and have gone into the bush to the hurt of humanity owing chiefly to our refusal to go for the truth that sets free. It is however not too late to make a U-turn because without the ladder climbing to higher heights will be extremely difficult as we see in our world today.
It is only the blessing of God which makes rich and adds no sorrow but every other have got sorrows attached such that they are given with the right hand and there and then taken back with the left hand . Our Lord Jesus Christ in order to drive this point home did say: “The thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John10:10). Why have man continually obstructed his chances of moving higher while desiring same? God have mercy.
Some one once told me that he is considering going back to the world since according to him it seems that people there are making it. I remember shaking my head in disappointment because most people do not have the right tool for measuring success. Did the Bible not say: what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but looses his soul?
Please let not your success be measured by only flashy things for those are the counterfeits which the enemy, comes up with instead in all things, remember that Jesus answered Peter saying: “Assuredly I say to you, there is no one who has left houses, or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the Gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions and in the age to come, eternal life” (Mark 10:28-30).
Do not let persecutions make you loose the target for Jesus alone is the way and none other. He is the ladder to climb into higher heights. Have you backslidden due to circumstances, please the door is still open come back to where you belong and He is ever ready to give you a second chance. If you however do not know Him that is to say He is not your Lord and personal Savior, please as you are reading now, do not harden your heart but simply lift your hand in total surrender and ask Him to come into your life, for you do not need any visa to go somewhere in order to observe any religious right so as to attain this height.
If you are ready say this simple prayer: Lord Jesus, I am a sinner and I believe you died for my sins, I confess that You are the LORD. Come into my life now and be my Lord and personal Savior; Amen. Congratulations for you are now born again and I can assure you that by that little act, you have just placed your Ladder in its rightful position; get ready to climb into greatness, signs and wonders in this beautiful year of the Lord as you go about living according to His words shunning the wrong and doing the right.
Be richly blessed of the Lord.