Disciples know promotion
Jesus regularly took digs at religious folk in The Bible and used them as an example to disciples and followers to show the difference between walking in the light or darkness. Read Matthew 23 and you will note how Jesus gives a kingdom key to promotion and the fruit of walking in the light. At the same time, Jesus has prophetically highlighted what Church leaders will be like after He departed earth to take His rightful place in heaven.
Today, church leaders love the pulpit, love attention and love compromise. These three things are undeniable because every human desires them at some point in their lives. They get a promotion by democracy as people love them, and the emotions of popularity is a wave that many people cannot resist. If you are popular, then be prepared for earthly promotion. Jesus says the way to promotion is through serving. Serving is an internal heart principle that has automatic outward fruits. You do not do things to please people, but because you love God, and that compels the serving attitude.
So that brings me to the hidden kingdom principle of submission and authority. Those who can submit and serve will rule with authority, not only their own spirit as Proverbs says but also city by city. Jesus wants disciples to take nations and cities, but that doesn’t mean some physical revival which is strange to me from a biblical point of view, but He desires we take spiritual authority over principalities and powers. It is only then that God will bother to raise people up in places of influence and authority in the natural because to whom much is given, much is expected. Ruling spiritual realms takes courage, discipline and diligence and if you do well there you will fly in any earthly position, but you must possess humility, meekness and the glory of God. All these are attained by serving, sacrifice and obedience.
If you are looking to be popular then look forward to recognition in your church; If you want genuine promotion then you won’t be popular, but you will find authority and favour with the right people. God opens doors that no man can shut.
Followers love what people can do for them; disciples love what God has in-store for them!