I read this book years ago and it still speaks to me like time-released medicine – slowly revealing it’s pearls of wisdom as the days go by. Greater, by Steven Furtick, is about igniting God’s vision for your life. Written in an easy conversational style, the author takes you on a journey through the life of Elisha, a prophet in the Old Testament.
Elisha wholly embraced God’s vision for his life. My favorite part of his story is when Elijah comes to tell him that he is his successor. Elisha is at work plowing the field when Elijah walks up, throws his cloak around him and keeps stepping. Elisha immediately stops what he’s doing and follows Elijah. But then, he blows me away! To make sure he doesn’t go back to his old life, Elisha comes back and burns his plow. He doesn’t keep a safety net and he doesn’t second-guess his decision. He says – I am not going back! I want the greater life God has for me.
Wow!!! I love that visual. How many of us have started on a new path only to get nervous or frustrated, then turn around and go back to our old lives? In our moments of weakness the life we know seems so much safer, but the truth is it’s not safe – just limiting. The comfortable familiar is what keeps us locked in an endless cycle of mediocrity. The only way we can move to the next level is by burning our plow.
The quote on the back of the book sums it up well. Most of us aren’t in danger of ruining our lives. We’re in danger of WASTING them. Don’t let fear or confusion keep you from embracing the life of abundance God has for you. Go ahead, get Greater, and find out how to take your first step!