Come along with me, if you will. Allow your mind to journey back in time to the story of a man named Israel and his sons and how a “position” was able to cause envy, strife, and jealousy amongst family members. Genesis 37:3-11,
“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.”
We are living in a world that is full of positions. Positions of authority and positions for authority. Positions of influence and positions for influence. Positions of power and positions for power. Last, but certainly not least, positions of respect and positions for respect. The former positions (those of) are currently occupied while the latter (those for) greatly anticipates being able to occupy. In the Body of Christ, we have even begun preparing people for positions or encouraging the faith of people for positions by telling them that God has positioned them for great things in their life. All of that is good and well, if properly seasoned (taught); however, my assignment is to speak regarding two positions that we often overlook. As a result of the oversight, we now have a population of believers who do not know how to properly handle these positions. The positions that I’m referring to are those of receiving and witnessing. Take a moment and ask yourself, “Can you handle it?”
Why these two positions? I’m glad that you asked: If we are going to be anything in the kingdom of God it requires a letting go of self and a promoting of service. Service is the ability of one being able to humble oneself, thus allowing God to use him or her to contribute to or serve others. In other words, it’s not about what you can do for me as much as it is about what I can do for you. Many times we look at our lives and wonder why we didn’t get this or why it seems like this is not coming to past quick enough; however, my challenge for you is to ask yourself a question. What is my reasoning for wanting it? Is it so that I can flaunt and flash it or is it to benefit more than just me? Let that marinate a moment while I bring in the focus of this article. God’s blessing doesn’t simply fall just because someone wants it. It falls when He has identified a willing servant that is determined to walk with Him and have the heart of Him no matter what comes at the servant. Ask yourself again, “Can you handle it?” As a matter of fact let me say it like this: When God gets ready to anoint with His blessing there must always be a recipient (who bares responsibility) and a witness (whose role is to witness the blessing being bestowed on the recipient). Each party involved, if rightfully acting in the performance of their duties, has the ability to benefit from the blessing and (watch this) increase as a result thereof. Somebody don’t understand what I’m talking about, but trust me you will by the time I wrap this up.
Within these two roles are guidelines, objectives, mandates, or prerequisites. What do you mean? When you are the recipient of the blessing it (the blessing) has the ability to attract blessings (which is different from the blessing). When you have the benefit of being the witness it (witnessing) has the ability to (watch this) position you to be next in line for the blessing while you reap the overflow as a result of witnessing the blessing in operation. Can I take my time with this for a moment? The blessing that God anoints a person with is not the same as the blessings that the person gets. The blessings (house, car, wealth, health, etc) that one gets is the by-product of the blessing (anointing God gives granting favor over one’s life) that is upon them. Simply put, the blessing is God’s favor while the blessings are superficial gifts that favor attracts. The witness is the person who watches the recipient handle the blessing. They watch what the recipient does, what the recipient says, how the recipient acts, and most importantly how the recipient serves those around him or her. The witness is not jealous or envious towards the recipient, because the witness understands first and foremost that as long as I’m in alignment with my purpose the oil flows from the head and down to everything under it or attached to it. Thus, the overage of the blessings must flow in the same-like manner. Furthermore, the witness also understands that when he or she is operating justly in his or her purpose, there is a positioning that takes place to make me next in line for the blessing. Need Bible?
Abraham was the first person to receive the blessing from God in Genesis 12. Watch this. Isaac witnessed his Dad operate in the blessing. He experienced the overage or overflow because of his connection with his dad, but he stepped into the blessing as a result of his demonstration to his father that he was properly equipped and prepared to fulfill the requirements of the blessing. What was Isaac’s demonstration? The fact that he was willing to lay down his life and become the sacrifice for his father to slay and offer up to God. Elisha witnessed Elijah operate in the blessing. He experienced the overage or overflow because of his connection to Elijah. He then asks Elijah for a double portion of his anointing (blessing) as a departure gift (when Elijah told him he was getting ready to depart). Elijah told him that he had asked a hard thing (not hard as in it couldn’t be done rather hard as in there are prerequisites to be fulfilled) but if you see me when I’m taken away then you shall have your request. In other words, if you’re still here after everything we are about to go through and operating justly in your position, then same grace on me shall be on you. Need one more? Joseph was the youngest of all of Jacob’s sons, yet he was the most despised of them all. He watched his father operate in the blessing and was chosen by God himself as the one who would be in an esteemed position in the court of Pharaoh. He experienced the overage or overflow because of his connection with both God and his father, yet he still suffered a great deal. Watch this. Despite his brothers hatred towards him, he still served. Despite the harsh conditions they forced him to be in he never held a grudge. Thus, when the time was right he stepped into a position of operating in the blessing. And when the time came that he could have and probably should have returned the favor to them, Joseph embraces them and loves on them and still served them. What am I saying to you? Both positions (recipient of the blessing and witness to the blessing) require service, which is the precursor of the blessing. You missed it.
All of these men that I mentioned had to endure some things before the Blessing of God was pronounced on and over their lives. All of them had to meet the guidelines, master the objectives, endure the mandates, and fulfill the prerequisites before God could do anything. Earlier I made mention that in order to be anything in the kingdom of God it requires letting go of self and promoting of service, which is the ability to humble oneself while serving others. How does God teach humility or the letting go of selfish gain for the promotion of servicing others? Can I suggest something to you? It is through trials, tribulations, hardships, or simply put tests. Tests are your training ground for meeting guidelines, mastering objectives, enduring mandates, and fulfilling prerequisites. So, you that are sitting around asking God why me? Why did I have to go through that? Why do I have to go through this? Your answer is this: It’s necessary in order to gain territory! It’s necessary for both recipients and witnesses.
As the recipient, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are always in a position to serve others. No you are not their maids or their property to do with as they please; however, you are God’s servant and He has chosen to give the blessing to you in order to get it through you. In other words, your position is not to sit on your high horse with your nose turned up or down towards others. No! It is to helps others become all that they are meant to be in Christ. Can you handle going low in order to help someone else come up? Can you handle serving others who may not be as well off as you are? Can you handle being elevated without trying to rub it in the face of those who doubted you, counted you out, wrote you off, and/or sold you out? Can you handle the responsibility of being the recipient without becoming self-absorbed? CAN YOU? Come here witness! As the witness, you should be observing, learning, and preparing yourself to carry on the cycle when you step into the blessing for your life. You should not be secretly plotting against, backstabbing, or even thinking about betraying your predecessor. In other words, your position is to submit to the leader that is set before you and (when the time is right) carry on the mantle that is demonstrated before you and soon to be bestowed on you. Can you handle having to follow before God gives you a flock of your own? Can you handle observing someone else be blessed before you receive your blessings? Can you handle the task of witnessing without letting thoughts of envy and jealousy take over your mind? Can you handle the misery so that you can receive the mantle? CAN YOU?
In order to be anything in the kingdom of God we must learn how to humble ourselves and be of service to others. Who are you serving? What are you serving? Why are you serving? How are you serving? Both positions, the recipient and the witness, require humility in order to properly fulfill the assignment and move into the next dimension. What is the next dimension? The dimension of God being able to bless you in such a way that there would not be room enough to receive. There is so much more that I could say regarding this; however, I will sum it up with four words. Can You Handle It?