“Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2
God is calling His people to expand! Your life is intended to continually grow larger spiritually, mentally, and physically. Unfortunately there are ceilings that we often run into in these three areas, becoming unable to grow.
I’ve heard before that everyone wants a bigger yard, yet no one wants to cut more grass. You will only rise to your lowest ceiling and it doesn’t matter which area it is in. Let’s take a look at how we can practically rise up and turn our ceilings into our floors!
Raising the spiritual roof
This is the most common ceiling that I see people, including myself, run into. Too often people disconnect their spiritual life, connection with God, to their physical life. In reality they are very closely related. When our connection to God is lacking it affects every area of our life. When it flourishes we flourish in every area! John prayed this- “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” We can see that every area, including our health, is following the condition of our soul. When we build our personal relationship with God we start flourishing everywhere!
The best way to grow in this area is through prayer. Jesus said that He gives us our daily bread. I know that if I start the day with a freshly baked piece of bread my day is off to a good start! Imagine trying to make it through the day without eating. That’s exactly what we do to ourselves when we don’t start the day with prayer. Even if it starts with 5 minutes, some of you may find out that 5 minutes of prayer is a lot! But it’s essential if we want to expand our tent.
Physical limitations are often ignored by highly successful people. It is rather common if you’re hardworking and successful that you miss out on sleep, avoid exercise, or eat unhealthy food. If we want to maintain a successful, long life then we need to take care of our body. In ministry people find a spark of passion and run with all they have for a year, or maybe five years. God has called us to a lifelong race, not a sprint. God is calling us to walk with Him and even bear fruit in old age.
“They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green” Psalm 92:4
We need to take care of ourselves and not push the physical boundaries too far. I still want to bear fruit and make an impact at 80 and 90 years old. It doesn’t matter how spiritually strong we are if we can’t accomplish our day-to-day tasks.
Note that breaking through these ceilings in not a quick fix, all of these are rooted in consistency. We should be on a constant upward climb.
There is a need to keep learning. While we are here on earth we never reach the finish line. There is not a point where we can say we’ve made it until Jesus calls us home to be with Him. When we keep our mind healthy and growing we will see growth in our lives. Paul had the mindset that he had not arrived and was not perfected, but was on his way! (Philippians 3:12) That needs to be our mindset. We always have more to learn, there is always more wisdom, and room for improvement, no matter what you are involved in.
Make the decision today to seek after wisdom. Ever since King Solomon was born his parents encouraged him to seek and find godly wisdom. That should be a never-ending goal for all of us as well.
“I am Wisdom, I am better than jewels; nothing you want can compare with me.” Proverbs 8:11
We all have the great opportunity to break through our own limitations, to make our current ceilings next years floor, and to enlarge in all areas of life!