Dr. Arrington- Levels

I am completely fascinated by skyscrapers. I can literally see pics of major metropolitan skylines and identify the city. I love the concepts and contours of Chinese design. I’m enamored by the thinking of developers in Dubai. Africa also features metropoles with impressive structures that tower over the terrain.

Most skyscrapers are buildings with mixed use. Contemporary ideas include some retail, business, and residential purposes. I’ve observed that the building usage is associated with specific levels. For instance, in a mixed-use building, retail is typically on the lower floors and residential spaces are on higher floors. In some cases, a parking structure occupies the lower floors. Either way there is a relationship between usage and levels.

God desires that believers grow and mature. He never intended for any of us to remain the same (Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:28-29). In fact, Paul says that we go from glory to glory.

“But we all, with unveiled faces, looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

-2 Corinthians 3:18 (NASB)

Yes! There should be increase in godly character, discipline, production, and righteous living. And, with increase comes varied responsibilities, expectations, and expertise. In Hip Hop parlance one would say, “It’s levels to this…”. There are levels in the Kingdom of Heaven. In respect to maturity and ministry, Level 5 people (high quality) don’t or shouldn’t exhibit Level 1 behavior (low quality). Stated differently, a seasoned believer should conduct themselves differently than a babe in Christ. It’s two different levels.

Have you grown this year? Has there been increase? As we approach the dawning of a new year (2021), let’s all believe God for growth, for increase, for the attainment of new levels in Him. When we attain new, higher levels in the Lord, the effect will be observed and experienced by all in our sphere of influence. So, press in. Spend more time with the Lord. Study. Invest in yourself. Let’s be like the apostles of old who “turned the world upside down” because they were on a different level (Acts 17:6).

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