Everyone will perform when it is required but leaders perform consistently under self-initiation; they move themselves to do the needful well. That is the distinguishing mark of a leader and if you read the text carefully, you will see what you can refer to as separation for elevation. If you will rise high in your life, vocation or calling, you must separate yourself. Eleven people got on the mountain with Jesus. When he went yonder to pray, he took three out of them, moved them to another place and gave them something to do but He left eight people and didn’t tell them anything, he only required them to sit down.
Jesus was not partial towards these three disciples but because He had observed and assessed them over a period of time, He saw that he could separate them unto something important. Beloved, if God will take you higher in life, He will separate you from someone and/or something. Every call to the 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.
The easier thing to separate from will be from people. Everybody can separate from somebody that is obviously wrong, but it is not easy to separate from people that share the same value with you or people that are going as far as you are going. It is not easy to separate from things in your own life. If you will develop a leadership life, you must begin to apply to yourself the law of separation for elevation.
You cannot be elevated without separation and from the text of today, there is 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 and separations;these are thoughts that anyone that wants to develop the leadership life must take serious.
PRAYER: Lord, help me take the matter of separation seriously in my walk with You; that whenever You call me unto separation, I will not hold back.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Kings 18:13-19:37, Acts 21:1-17, Psalm 149:1-9, Proverbs 18:8