“To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion” (Proverbs 1:2-4).
When it comes to your long-awaited promotion, there are seven things you will be tested on; your wisdom, knowledge, understanding, equity, judgement, your justice and discretion. Discretion speaks of the decisions you take on your own when no one is around. This one thing is perhaps the most important ability you need to have. Many times, missionaries do not do well because on their own, they cannot take good decisions. However, when they are around, they are given directions and instructions on what to do next.
Joseph is a good example of a person who was faced with many of the issues of life that we all face (Genesis 37). The first test Joseph faced was on how to handle the vision.
“And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth” (Genesis 37:6-10)?
You can see that Joseph had respect for his dreams. He must have had a sense of respect for his dreams and deemed them important enough to tell his brethren and father. We all tend to feel like if God appeared to us the way he appeared to the other person, then we will truly serve the Lord properly. Despite the questions he faced when he shared it with his brothers and father. He took his dream seriously!
“And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:” (Matthew 22:1-5).
When you make light of a dream, a vision or a call, do not expect to become anything. However, when you pass the test of taking the smallest conviction and vision from God in your heart, then you can expect to go to the next level. At the beginning of life, this is where many people part company, one makes light of the vision they receive and another takes it seriously. Nobody can be serious about your calling. You must be serious about your own calling. Nobody can superimpose their seriousness on your attitude of lightness. Do not think that it is people who not have anything to do who take their calling seriously! Do not also think that things are clearer and easier for somebody but not for you. Things are not any easier or clearer for the next person. The difference between you and the next person will be how you handle the vision. Receive grace to take your vision seriously! From today, a door is opening for you taking you higher and higher.