Recently, I’ve been reading Steven Furtick’s new book called “Greater.” In the book, he talks about how we seem to get stuck in baseline living. That most of the time we settle for “good enough.” That we find ourselves falling into the trap of the mundane. But the truth is that we don’t have to stay there. We don’t have to settle because Jesus calls us to a life that is so much greater.
But why is it that we keep living in the “good enough” when Jesus has called us to the “greater?” I believe it has to do with what Jesus talks about in the beginning of John 15 when He says “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1, 2 NIV)
I never saw this before until Apostle Ron Carpenter pointed it out in one of his messages. Notice how even the branches that produce fruit get stuff cut away in order that they may produce even more fruit. It is easy for us to allow God to cut away the branches in our lives that don’t produce fruit, like an addiction or attitude. But when He starts to prune us in order to cut away the “good enough” for the “greater,” we tend to be a little bit more hesitant. I believe because we hold on to the good in our life and not allow God to cut it away, we miss out on the greater that Jesus has called us to. Since we are not willing to sacrifice, we remain trapped in the mundane.
Perry Noble said “Jesus will not ask you to give up something in your life if He is not planning on replacing it with something greater.” If God is wanting to cut something away, it is not because He is punishing you but because He wants to produce in you something so much greater.
So do you feel yourself being trapped in the mundane? Are you settling for the “good enough?” What is it that you need to allow God to cut away in order that He may produce in you something “greater?” Get out of the rut of baseline living and start living the life of greater that Jesus has called you to.