For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the judge: He puts down one, and exalts another. (Psalm 75:6-7)

We cannot promote ourselves into the place that God has for us. This promotion comes from the Lord. But we can do the things that place us in position to be promoted in God’s timing for us.

Paul said in Romans 1:1, Paul, a bondservant of Jesus, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God. Notice that Paul was called to be an apostle. That calling happened eons ago in the mind and heart of God. But then Paul says he was separated to this call. God has a plan, a call, for all of us. There is a Divine purpose for our lives that was determined before we were born (See Psalm 139).

But we must be separated to that call or Divine purpose. And the separation to the call is when we actually begin to function in the will of God for our lives. And that separation has more to with us than with God. God calls and it’s up to us to respond. Jesus said it this way, “Many are called, few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14). Being chosen means entering into the call that God has for us.

God doesn’t look for ability but for availability when He separates us to the call for our lives. And the number one character trait God looks for is faithfulness when looking to promote us. It’s the faithful man that will abound with blessing. (Proverbs 28:20). It’s required in stewards that a man be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). Paul told Timothy to look for faithful men to help him in ministry (2 Timothy 2:2). And Paul himself was placed in ministry, or you could say, he was separated to the call of God upon his life, because God counted him faithful (1 Timothy 1:12).

Are we faithful now in the small things? Promotion comes when we are faithful where we are. He looks for us to be faithful in our attitudes and words; faithful to submit and yield to others in positions of leadership. If we can’t be faithful in helping another person in ministry, how can God trust us with our own (Luke 16:12)?

God has required faithfulness in me before each time of promotion in my life. I’ve been at the place of discontent with my lot in life so many times. Each time, the Lord kept me there until I could say, “Lord, if this is you plan for me, I will stay in this place the rest of my life; I want what you want for me.” And when I stopped striving, and focused on being faithful, promotion came. The call comes from the Lord, but the separation to that is determined by my faithfulness.

3 thoughts on “Promotion

  1. Pastor,
    If we stop to consider that we have been bought, purchased and belong to Him, life takes on a completely new meaning. It’s like buying a shirt or a loaf of bread, we don’t leave it in the store, we own it and take immediate possession of it. He wants to possess us, overwhelm us from the inside out! Life can be and is actually satisfying and rewarding when we come to this place. It gives us a reason to live when we consider the “PRICE” that has been paid for us! And this reason should all the more make us readily “AVAILABLE” to move towards the call….Dare He come and find us being sluggards and sloths???


  2. Dear Pastor Mitch,

    Awesome words and teaching!!
    I pray we all have an overflow of faithfulness and that we "HEAR" God when he calls us into//towards our call.

    I would like to say that it's great that you tell us something that you went thru/how you got thru it… and Susan. It's interesting and funny at times (funny the way & how you tell us, sure it wasn't funny at the time) to hear your testimony about seasons in your life, still you stayed faithful. Makes me feel better that others go thru things as well, esp. a Pastor : )
    You know my heart when I say that.

    Really, please continue to share and continue to urge us to share our testimony's as you always do.

    Most of all, I thank you for your faithfulness and that you TEACH US TO BE FAITHFUL in all things in all ways and in HIM, OUR LORD. As you know there's a lot of pastor's that do not teach faithfulness, or not like they should.
    Thanks again & have a great week.

    Love, Peace + Joy to you,


  3. Thank you Pastor for sharing this with us. This is just another reinforcement of the teachings and messages I have been receiving lately. Submitting myself to the will of God like Isaac submitted to Abraham and just like Jesus submitted to The Father will…
    Our Father wishes to have true sons and daughters. I want o be a true faithful son…
    Daniel Selea / Sweden

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