CHRISTIANITY AND RELIGION

NEXT LEVEL AS A TOOL FOR MAXIMUM ACHIEVEMENT
It is disheartening however , to see quite a number of lives end up on the shelf because they are unwilling to pay the desired price that is needed for them to attain the ultimate peak allowable to them by their maker. Next level is the process of advancement both physically and spiritually .There are some questions that may arise as a result of the above subject matter : Why is it necessary to go to the next level ? Who are those meant for next level ? How is it possible to achieve next level ? Which of the next level are we talking about ? When is it possible to go to the next level ? It is will of God that his children go to the next level . In 2kings6:1 , the bible says : “ And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha,Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us .” I can recall a testimony of my pastor in his early days in ministry as a young pastor of a parish which took off inside a secondary school premises. After some time ,the place became inadequate. Moreover, the government of the day forbade the display of church sign post and religious activities in a school premises. Just as the pastor started feeling the negative effects of the location on the growth, they got another place opposite the school compound , which was slight improvement over the premises of the school . On meeting his senior pastor ,he used the same language of the sons of the prophet and said, “Sir , where we worship is too small for us”. From his reply he was not keen about the desired expansion , knowing fully well that finance and his assistance would be needed . Actually , my pastor needed # 21,000.00 to pay a three-month rent advance but the senior pastor was unable to help .To the glory of God , the few parishioners were able to raise the sum and paid for three months to rent a big hall for the parish.But within a period of two years , the whole place was too small again .The statement of next level is a statement of :”this place is too small for me.” Anyone who thinks where he or she is presently is good for him or her is stagnated .Stagnancy is deadly ;to be stagnant is to stand still and experience no growth at all .Its time to advance.
“The lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying,yea have dwelt long enough in this mount : Turn you, and take your journey , and go to the mount of the Amorites,and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale,and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river,the river Euphrates.Behold , I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham ,Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them”. [Deut 1:6-8].It is time to advance in all we do. When one dwells too long on the same spot it is called stagnancy .The injunction in the above passage is that there are places ahead that we can possess now.In verse8, the scripture reminds us that where we are is not the end of God’s plan for us, other levels are before us if we are willing to possess. Another hypothetical example is the life of ruth in the bible .In her statement of next level , Ruth the Moabites, the daughter in law of Naomi, said :”Intreat me not to leave thee or to return from following after thee;for whither thou goest, I will go: and where thou lodgest, I will lodge ; thy people shall be my people , and thy God my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried; the lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me “Ruth 1:16-17 .The character above never regretted her moves. The story of woes of Ruth gave way to pleasantness. The lady who would have died a childless widow not only became a mother but had her name/record in the scriptures as the great grandmother of jesus Christ . “so Boaz took Ruth ,and she was his wife :and when he went in unto her, the lord gave her conception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto Naomi,Blessed be the lord , which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel . And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. And the women her neighbours gave it a name ,saying ,There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of jesse, the father of David”[Ruth4:13-17]. Elisha in the bible is another example .Elisha in his journey to the next level got to Gilgal,Gilgal to Bethel ,Bethel to Jericho ,Jericho to Jordan . At Jordan , with the master, he went over on dry ground to Jordan . At Jordan, the breakthrough of his ministry came and his level changed –the double portion of Elijah ‘s spirit rested on him. It was evident on his return that his level had changed. The Jordan parted for him and he became a master to other sons of the prophets. “And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha .And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him” [ 2kings2:15] This feat was as a result of Elisha’s statement of next level [2king2:2 ] “ And Elisha said unto him , As the lord liveth,and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel .”