Text: John 3:16, John 1:1-3
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Idolatry is a very serious sin with grave consequences because it challenges the existence of the real God. God does not take it lightly. If God could punish the children of Israel for years because of idolatry, you can imagine how He hates it. Anywhere you find idolatry, you will find disorder. The problem of Africa is not corruption but idolatry. When you enthrone a zero as a hero, your expectations will be downgraded. If you tag along with a zero person, he will reduce you to zero and you will be thoroughly messed up. It is not only in marriage that we should not be unequally yoked; it is in everything.
The word of God is to be lived and until we start living the word of God, we will be jiving and the world will not take us serious. The people who institutionalized idolatry know where they are going and are frantically looking for people to take along with them. What most people call success is actually succeeding to fail. True success is not an event. True success is not a destination. True success is keeping regular appointment with divine schedules for your destiny. God has a blue print for you, he has a schedule; if you keep it then you are a success. If God wants you to be in a particular place and you go elsewhere, you have failed. When people don’t understand this, they go on looking for what is not meant for them. Most of the things people call opportunities are not opportunities at all but ‘leprosy’. Gehazi saw an opportunity and reckoned that his boss was stupid by rejecting the opportunity presented to him by Naaman. He went after the man secretly, collected part of the gift that his boss rejected thinking that he was clever. He went and hid the items. He forgot that the only place where you can commit sin and get away scot free is where God cannot see you. Unfortunately, that place does not exist.
Contrary to the belief of many that ‘man of God’ is a title, it is not. It is a call with a connection and commitment. These 3 ‘c’ make the man of God.
- What is the call? You must hear God. What has God called you to do? Did God call you in the first instance? There is a general call and there is a specific call. A man of God must have a call and he must stay true to that call. What is God calling you to do? You must stay true to that call. As you fulfil the call, you are already a success. It is not about the size of your cathedral. How many cathedrals did Jesus build? What was the size of his disciples when he left? It was a congregation of only one hundred and twenty people. If you go by the measurement of today’s standard, you will discover that it does not measure up. At a point, they wanted to make Jesus an earthly king of the Jews so that he can continue to feed them with bread and fish while working miracles for them. What did Jesus do? He escaped. At times, you may need to escape in order to fulfil the purpose of God in your life.
- Lord, show me the things that I need to escape from in order to fulfil your purpose in my life. Eternal Rock of Ages, please show me the things I need to escape from so that I will be able to fulfil the call you have over my life, so that I will be able to accomplish the specific things you want me to accomplish. Lord, help me in the name of Jesus.
- Help me Lord to know the things that I need to forgo in order to do your will. Help me Lord to know when to say ‘no’ and when to say ‘yes’ and to know the difference.
- May I never live a confused or a compromised life. I depend on you. Hallowed by your name in Jesus name.
TO BE CONTINUED….