Show Up, Go Up, Grow Up And Sow Up


leejohndrowteamA few days the Lord revealed a phrase. I thought I was going to share it some place specific. But so far not yet. I even thought I would write about it before now, but that was not the case either. Up early this morn and thinking so we shall see what happens.

Originally I heard “go up, grow up and sow up” I thought and I guess it is important not to blow up or throw up! As I meditated on it and said it out loud I heard different things. In the beginning I thought the “sow up” was to give something tangible “upward” but the more I contemplated it the more I realized it was likely to mean complete something to result in being “all sown up”. The words began to percolate, simmer and marinate over the last few days. A new piece was added with “show up”. So let’s break this out a little.

Show up-To appear or make an appearance. In life the majority of getting something is “being there”. Don’t show up and you don’t get it. Jesus often spoke about preparation for instance in the story of the 12 virgins. I am not necessarily talking about salvation, though it is applicable, but more I am talking about the lifestyle of punctuality and honor.

The man or woman who promises to “be there” and makes no appearance or is continually late, loses credibility and displays dishonor to those who show on time. My attitude is if you can be on time for work what is so hard about the rest of your life? At best it reflects a life of without planning. (I am not talking about the occasional emergency, but the one who is consistently late needs to review their life.)

There is more to showing up. To achieve or receive something you must be there. For many “showing up” is the beginning of life change.

Finally I ended here with the “show up” part meaning to expose or embarrass another. In one context it can mean that someone “won unexpectedly” or to show someone up. But I felt a nudge on this. Show up means to be plainly evident. I feel that one of my calls in life is to destroy the works of the enemy, to make him pay for the pain caused. With every miracle or healing to “show up” the enemy and make it plainly evident that Jesus is Lord.

The beginning of victory in part is to simply show up!

Go up-I talked to the Lord about this. Go up? Go up where? I was thinking like something “going up in smoke” for instance. I pondered. We often talk about “going up to the high places” but we are settled in a high place, seated with Christ, high above principality and rulers of the world. Go up?

I feel the Lord is saying to many to align your thinking with the Truth and the understanding of what that means. Knowledge and wisdom of your placement changes not only your perspective but your reality and how you walk it out. Go up. Begin to evaluate your life as if done. See what you think as future as now. The more you meditate on the heavenly realities (Healing, wholeness, prosperity, peace..) the more you “bring” the rest of you up and into the real deal of your placement because of His finished work.

The last thought on this is turn to Him. Play the “big brother” card if necessary, but He left you not lacking. 2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

Grow up-This is a biggie in my world. I thought in the beginning that He was saying “grow up” but as I studied and thought I came to this. Grow up and not grow out. Some plants are designed to be “ground cover” but plants bearing fruit are growing up. In scripture it tells us in Ephesians 4:15 that we grow up into the head which is Christ.

Too many are spread widely with little depth. Sometimes chasing experience and not experiencing Him and His presence here and now. Stop getting caught up in future events and celebrate the one now. A look from a child, a hug from a spouse, a call from a friend. As much as I believe in “multitasking” in work stop the attempts with Jesus. Now is now. He is an ever present God in your now. You have to define now and make it now!

Growing up reduces your relationships. Ouch! I am not even talking about “bad ones”. I am talking about the complexity of being in real relationships and the responsibilities each one carries. The depth of relationship is found in the recognition of value and taking responsibility for you and your actions towards other. Honoring (The recognition of the value God has bestowed on another.) others takes investment. Too many good ones can remove from your calling, your purpose and your destiny. (I think Jesus figured this out and when you read about Him you see a small group. 12 men, a few women and their families. Does not appear He took the networking approach.)

And yes there are the relationships that just suck the life out of you. They reduce your efficiency and can affect your emotions.

I said the other day, that there are two things in life that can cause derailment of your destiny and purpose. One is relationships and the other other is circumstances. Both require victorious, God centered thinking If you find that your verve, your fervor for life has waned, you may want to look at that as hard as it may be. Are your friends and their couch sitting keeping you from destiny?

Being grown up is more than a place, a prompting or even a position. It is the culmination of wisdom having it’s place. It results in strength of character, integrity and responsibility. For a believer it ought be a never ending process. (Eph. 4:15) Here’s to growing up!

Sow up-When I first said this I thought it was talking about blessing those in authority or giving unto God. I began to write it a few days ago and as I did , reading out loud, I “heard” something. As I mentioned earlier I thought “what if” it means to win? To sow it up, as in the “two touchdowns sowed up the game”.

Too many are wavering in what they believe is done or finished by Jesus and what is left to do. Jesus sowed up the win. He did it all. Defeated principalities and darkness, overcoming even death on your behalf. It is SOWN UP. It is finished! It is done! That means our job is mature and grow up into Him. To enforce His Kingdom. To make it here on earth as it is in heaven.

He closed the book on sickness, death and destruction. He handed the keys to us and said “make it like it is here”.

Show up, go up, grow up and sow up. Your call, your destiny.

Written by Lee Johndrow

Lee Johndrow

Lee is on staff as the Prophetic Ministry Leader at the Village Church where he functions as one of the prophetic grace. (You can visit their site at

He is the father of five wonderful children. Married for over 22 years to his wife Tina. 7 grandchildren as of September 22, 2014, with another one on the way! Loving life with family, friends, faith, fun and food!

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