It is an amazing experience to watch someone break a mustang. When a three-year-old wild horse, who has never had a saddle on his back, feels a saddle, for the first time, it must be frightening. Some horses react with anger, rearing back and trying to get away, even striking out with their forefeet at their trainer. Their nostrils flare, their eyeballs roll, and they panic. Others will just stand there trembling, shaking like a leaf. They won’t move because they are bound with fear. They don’t know what’s happening.
Many immature Christians respond to pressures like a wild horse. Some panic and cry out to God, “What’s wrong?” Others may just freeze up and do nothing. But, mature Christians are like the horse that has learned from experience to trust its trainer. They sense what is happening and respond by submitting to their master’s hand. They understand that God is preparing them for something good. We must realize that tests and trials are not to our detriment but for our perfection.
Here’s another good example to compare with: the kite-flyer. He must take in hand and hold tight the string of his kite then run until the kite lifts up into the heavens. But he knows that he cannot reach his goal if there is no wind. A kite-flyer knows that wind is very essential. But note: kites do not rise with the wind but against it.
So listen, Christian: that’s what trials and troubles are all about. We cannot ascend to higher heights unless we are facing pressures. Now look inwardly and be honest with yourself. Ask yourself: Do troubles make me soar high or do they make me sour? The answer will depend largely upon your level of maturity.
Let me share with you what a mature Christian leader said. “We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:3-5). Did you notice the step by step development of a trial? Each level moves us up to perfection closer to God. A man told me that he doesn’t go to church because people don’t accept him and they look at him weird. He decided to shrink back instead of soar to a higher level. My response to him was that when Jesus preached His first message the people were filled with wrath and rose up to kick Him out of the city and were about to cast Him headlong off a cliff, but He passed by them and went on to the next city and preached to them. He didn’t let their rejection or weird looks keep Him out of God’s house. He didn’t change His mind about going to God’s house because people had a bad attitude.
Jesus is our perfect example of maturity to follow. He kept His focus and He never stopped going forward. He soared so high that He became the only way to the Father. We must be obsessed to go all the way to the finale. For more you can visit us online at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com.
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.