Everybody will perform when it is required of them but leaders perform consistently under self-initiation; they move themselves to do the needful. That is the distinguishing mark of a leader and if you read our text carefully, you will see something that you can refer to as separation for elevation.
If you are going to rise high in your life, you must separate yourself. There were eleven people that got on the mountain with Jesus but He left eight people and didn’t tell them anything. He only required them to sit down while he went yonder to pray and then He took three out of them and moved them to another place and gave them something to do.
Beloved, if God will take you higher in life, He will separate you from someone and/or something. Every call to a higher level in your journey will always be a call to separation from something and separation is gradual. The first separation is a separation from external and visible things while the second is a separation from internal matters.
You cannot be elevated without separation and from our Bible reading we see a marked difference in the ministry of the three people that separated with Jesus. James was the first martyr, Peter became the leader of the apostolic band and John was the one that wrote the book of Revelation. All of them were apostles but He separated them. In every class, there will be distinctions, there will be separation and these are thoughts that anyone that wants to develop the leadership life must take serious.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to take the matter of separation seriously in my walk with you such that whenever you call me unto separation, I will not hold back in Jesus’ name. Amen.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Exodus 4:1-5:21, Matthew 18:1-20, Psalm 22:19-31, Proverbs 5:15-21