Life At Its Best: God can make you King of Your Hill
By Jim Graff
Sept. 8, 2012 at 4:08 a.m.
My siblings and I used to play a game called King of the Hill. The goal of the game was to be first to reach the top of whatever pile of dirt we were near. It sounds easy, but when you're the youngest of five kids, it can be tough.
Usually, I didn't have the strength to fight to the top on my own, but I had a dad who did. Every so often, he'd pick me up and dart up the hill, plowing over my brother and sisters. Then he'd plant me on the top, as "King of the hill."
As I grew up, I realized that this game is really symbolic of our lives. We all have dreams in our heart that we don't have the strength or skill to accomplish on our own. Thankfully, we have a Heavenly Father who offers his help. When we walk in obedience to him, he's faithful to plant us exactly where we need to be.
One man in the Bible who understood the importance of this truth was Joseph. His life shows us three keys to fulfilling God's purpose so that we can end up on top of every hill that we face.
First, we must seek and submit to God's plan above our own. Joseph faced many seasons of persecution throughout his life. It would've been easy for him to give up and pursue his own plan. But he understood that getting to what God had for him required being faithful in hard times, as well as in easy times.
Like Joseph, we'll all experience trials on our way to fulfilling God's purpose, but in them, we must continue to seek God and to submit to His perfect will for our life.
Secondly, we must trust God's power. Joseph spent 13 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. It would've been tempting to get angry and to rely on his own power to escape, but Joseph trusted that God had the power to get him where he needed to be.
Luke 18:27 says, "Whatever is impossible with man is possible with God." When we trust God's power over our own, He's faithful to plant us exactly where He we need to be.
Lastly, we must implement God's priorities. At 30 years old, Joseph was second only to the King and had enough wealth to last the rest of his life. He could've easily stopped there. However, he recognized that God didn't bless him to fill a position, but to fulfill a purpose.
When we reach a place of blessing, it's tempting to just sit back and enjoy it, but we must remember that God's given us that position for a reason. We must implement his priorities as he give us positions of influence.
What purpose is God calling you to fulfill? I encourage you to seek it out, submit to that plan and trust that he has the power to get you there.
Then, use the position he's given you to implement his priorities. You can begin fulfilling God's purpose today.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.