Many books have been written on greatness, chasing dreams, being effective or successful. Think of the influence Steve Jobs had on you and me, and what we thought after he passed away. Steven Furtick doesn’t believe in one liners on motivational posters or inspirational images on Pinterest. He invites to open your imagination to the possibility that Gods has a vision for your life that is greater. Why? Because Jesus Christ promises us that with His help we believers may do greater things than He did (John 14:12). No, we can’t be greater than He is, but can leave the normal, good is good enough status behind and strive for greater things, by starting small. you to Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater? Most believers aren’t in imminent danger of ruining their lives. They’re facing a danger that’s far greater: wasting them. In spite of all the parts of us that are anything but good, God is holding the door open to a life that is greater. Furtick uses the life of Elisha from the Old Testament as structure for his message. Powerful lessons of instant obedience, burning the proverbial plows that connect you to your (former) life, learning and practicing faith. God communicates vision differently to everyone He calls. He is working behind the scenes, orchestrating His destiny for you. God manages details, but may reveal only the next step for you. That’s enough to start a greater life. Stop waiting for what you want, and start working what you’ve got. Your greatest limitation is God’s greatest opportunity. The journey toward greater things is marked with setbacks and real suffering. Not that you seek suffering, but the devil’s active as well. Know, that God has never wasted an ounce of your faith. Our greatest setbacks in life can be the greatest setups to seeing God’s glory in places we didn’t even know to look. And don’t look on the outside. Outward, successful people may yearn for someting greater. Seek help, there’s nothing from with preventive counseling. Greater isn’t an automatic, permanent position; it’s an intentional daily decision. What matters most is not what you think you are or are not. What matters is what your Father sees in you and what He says about you. And like Elisha, don’t test the waters, strike the waters with the mantle you received. Convincing, humorous, down-to-earth, yet bound for a greater life.
About the author
Steven Furtick, author of the best-selling Sun Stand Still, is founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, which in only six years has grown to more than 10,000 in regular attendance at six locations. He holds a master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Holly, have three children, Elijah, Graham, and Abbey. They make their home near Charlotte, North Carolina.