God will mold and chip away and apply heat. His purpose is not to get us to heaven but to mold us into the image of Christ. (Gal.4:19) That is why we have apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. He is using each one “for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, the edifying of the Body of Christ: “Till we all come unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph.4:12-13)
There is more to life than just getting by. There is more to life than just breathing and paying bills. There are promises of God to lay hold of and green pastures to eat and be at peace in. The Word is full of things God has said we can have and do and be, and precious few of us have done more than barely scratch the surface of those things. Let’s get to scratching! (Gal.4:4-5)
Considering scriptural examples, I know I must be willing for God to move me if He sees such a necessity. Sometimes God moves us geographically or with reference to a career or status among our peers. Positioning and timing are high up on God’s list of imperatives (cf.Eph.1:9-10;Gal.4:4-5). There will, no doubt, be need for modifications in our point of reference and our understanding of God’s timing in order to bring the fulfillment of promise. God does not give gifts to be squandered but to bring the fruit forth from our lives that He desires to minister to others.
Concerning Growth and Development: I once heard a known speaker on TV say that if a gift is from God it comes full-grown and there is nothing for a person to grow in. (1) Scriptural precedent shows us that our Heavenly Father is willing to work with our humanness and allows us time to develop. (2) The scheme in Galatians shows us the process of a growing son and his father’s willingness to trust him after various stages of development (Gal.4). (3) The master in Jesus’ parable of Matt.25 trusted his servant at a much higher level after the servant proved himself capable at a much lower level. (4) In Lk 2:40, 52 Dr. Luke speaks of the growth and development of the Person we call Jesus. (5) Even the young prophet who ministered in a high-profile incident in 1Kings 13 needed to grow and develop before he was able to properly discern matters. His immaturity and inability to discern properly was his loss and a lion’s gain (v.24). (6) The Hebrew writer encourages us to train our senses so that we may be able to discern (Heb 5:14). (7) Although Elisha had spent some period of time with the great prophet Elijah, his mentor informed him that there was a great deal more to come.
(This is an excerpt from Marty’s booklet “Now That I Have Begun to Prophesy”.)