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Delivering Impact

Purpose is the essence of your living. It is the intention of God for you when He proposed your birth and kick started the wheel of your life. Hence, Purpose is discovered not decided! Having discovered Your Purpose in the bit that Your manufacturer would have you discover through Your consistent walk with Him, You are supposed to not just prepare your mind for action but also to begin the pursuit of your Purpose. You must lay aside all that may hold you down to run the race set before you with patience!

Your Purpose gives You a unique message for your generation. This message is what the whole of your pursuit is about. It summarizes all that you must achieve on earth. For John the Baptist, it was that the kingdom of Heaven was at hand and that the Saviour of the World had arrived. As soon as the message was delivered, John would have to decrease for the Messiah to increase. Again, after the Pentecost Experience, the disciples were set in motion on the Pursuit of Purpose. Their message was that God’s grace unto Salvation had been revealed and that all that was needed was Faith.

I intend to deal with a matter that is important to the delivery of Your message to Your generation. For you must not be unaware of the uniqueness of your Purpose and the message it brings to the World. You must therefore, be able to “impactfully” deliver Your message and  with CONFIDENCE and GRACIOUSLY!

Delivering your message
Delivering your message

Peter stood up for the first time, to deliver in few words the message that the Lord had sent them to deliver. The Scripture records that Paul spoke with confidence as he opened the Scriptures to the people. If you must perfectly deliver your message, as Paul puts it, “prove” God’s perfect will, I believe You must be confident. Confidence for Your Pursuit of Purpose is a function of POWER! Hence, we see that the confidence with which Peter spoke came only from the Power of the Holy Ghost. A remarkable display of confidence in the Pursuit of Purpose can be seen from the disciples for the Scriptures tell us that they spoke with such boldness and confidence that people realized they must have been with Christ- the only person who spoke with such confidence as the power of the Spirit caused!

 Confidence for the Pursuit of your Purpose can come only from the Holy Spirit by whose power You speak and on whose instruction you share your message. You must learn to depend on Him for this confidence leaning in absolute trust on He who led the Lord of Purpose through His Pursuit of Purpose on this side of eternity. Your confidence inspires a positive response from your targets.

To deliver your message with accuracy and precision, I believe You must be gracious in your speech! Paul instructs the Colossians in the 4th chapter of his epistle to them, to be gracious in speech at all times so as to bring out the best in others in all conversations. The need for a gracious speech is evident as it is the only way out of the danger of putting people down or cutting them out as we pursue Purpose.

The author of our Faith tells us how to get our speech to be gracious when he reveals that it is our HEART not the dictionary that gives our words meaning. Christ implies therefore, that if our speech must be gracious, we must be sure to keep our hearts gracious for it from the abundance of the heart that our mouth speaks! We must address the issue from the root of all things- the Heart. For when the heart is gracious, the Speech also will! How then do you make your heart gracious?

In Acts 20:32, Apostle Paul calls the Scriptures, the “Word of Grace”. If your heart will be gracious, it must be fed with the Word of Grace.

Also, the Apostle tells us in His letter to the Romans, an alternative to conforming to the World’s pattern which involves us exchanging our message for the world’s vanity. This alternative is to be TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of our minds. We see first of all that, this is not an event but a process. We see also, that we are to “submit” our hearts daily for renewal. King David gives us a clue to how the renewal process operates in his psalm for the director of music, (Psm. 139: 23). His Highness tells us that we are to surrender our hearts for daily check up. The kind for which we go to see medical doctors periodically. This daily check-up is a surrender of the heart so that, it can be searched by God, known to Him, tested by Him and renewed in Him. We must submit our hearts so that God could perform the renewal by removing any offensive way in us and leading us in the way everlasting. For your speech to be gracious, You have a duty to submit your heart for this kind of check every day of the Pursuit of your Purpose. You must feed your heart with the Word of Grace and let the God of Purpose investigate your heart every day for your speech to be seasoned with grace.

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As you yield yourself to the Spirit of God in charge of this whole process, you will be amazed at the impact you gracious words will have as you bring the best out of others!

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The Irony of God’s Concern

Of the stories in the Scriptures, one that delighted my little heart when I was younger was the story of the Run Away Prophet Jonah. Emphasis is most of the time laid on the part of the story that teaches God’s omnipresence and the inability of man to run away from God. Whenever, it is said that a person tries to “outsmart” God, people, i mean Christians, are usually quick to say “REMEMBER JONAH”. I however, believe that like any other Scripture, God has many things to say to our generation other than the fact of his omnipresence. Indeed, we cannot run away from God and a journey for such purpose is sure to end in futility. I find a very important lesson from the very last lesson the Lord taught the Prophet Jonah- the one about the Vine.

Jonah had finally, obeyed God to preach to the teeming masses of Nineveh. His initial reluctance is understandable though. Nineveh was the capital city of Assyria, a sworn enemy of Israel who was to invade the latter and in fact crush it in 720BC. God, no doubt, was aware of this future for His chosen race yet He was concerned about the people of Nineveh. For Jonah, it would be better for these people to perish in their ignorance than for them to repent, be saved and then continue to constitute nuisance for the people of Israel.

After Jonah’s message of doom to the people of Nineveh, one that resembles what we hear today. A message that emphasizes the heat of hell than the paradise of God’s presence. The message of Jonah like the ones we hear today, does not emphasize God’s love and His way out for man’s slavery of sin but preaches the doom that awaits the refusal to accept the God-given chance to live. They preach the first part of the Words of Hope in Rom. 6:23 and ignore the rest. Preachers of such message do not make it clear that we cannot believe God and accept Him into our lives for the fear of hell and still expect to stand when he makes demand for our service and unequalled to love to Him. What results from these messages is that the Christians we have are people who would gladly renounce Christ if they discovered there was no hell!

Contrary to Jonah’s expectation, the people of Nineveh were responsive to the message and the Lord’s mercy prevails over judgement. This reconciliation does not make Jonah happy and the Lord teaches him a lesson from it. Jonah complains that the Lord was too merciful and that he was reluctant, at first, for that reason. The lesson of the Vine and how much concern Jonah showed for it after it died is a lesson for the church today. How sadly we have shifted our attention from that which concerns God to that which concerns Us. How sadly, like Jonah, we run about preaching and teaching a gospel strange to the Bible and which the Apostles never taught. And how sadly, we want God to concern Himself not with what is His heartbeat but what is ours. Like Jonah we want the Vine to live and The People to die. We want to kill the babies and save the trees!

We want to prosper and have all that the luxury worldliness has to offer neglecting God’s desire to reconcile all men to Himself.

The message that we now preach is one that makes us feel at home here on earth when it is God’s desire to prepare us for our eternal stay with Him.

Like Jonah, we forget that we really do not have control over the things that we run after and that God’s desire should be our desires too.

Let us therefore, stop being conformed to this World. Let us put on a garment of delight in God’s own concern for the salvation of men and the building of an eternal temple not made with hands but with lives in conformity to the likeness of Christ. Let us come back to Purpose. Let us come back to Worship, Fellowship, Mission, Discipleship and Service! For these are all that matters!

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Ordinary People

In a time when the Creator found his creation corrupt beyond repairs, one man tried to make his make his Maker happy. One man was busy putting smile on the face of the Creator, offering sweet smelling sacrifices and living a life worthy of the purpose of God for mankind.

After a delay caused by another man of higher authority, one man embarked on the rest of the journey of the pursuit of his purpose. One man became lost in God, seeing and looking forward to the invisible City of eternal foundation!

In the midst of disaster and failure instigated by the Supreme Being, one man in God had his faith refusing to take for granted the sovereignty of the Most High.

Despite high morality standard in a society of strict legal liability, one man nurtured the mysterious child of his beloved as if the Child was his.

Some men overturned the literate world despite their stark illiteracy because of a three-year relationship that was to give birth to the foundation on which man’s search for God would be based.

At a time of strong discriminatory religious practices, one man was busy with a message of oneness in the Saviour and him crucified.

Noah, Abraham, Job, Joseph, the Apostles of Jesus and the Least Apostle Paul have lived their times and are long gone. But the fact, though hard to accept, is that these men were ordinary men of like passions, desires and circumstances as we, who achieved extra ordinary things because they met an extra Ordinary God! They became extra ordinary when they were lost in God.

This explains why we might find it difficult to accept the ordinary humanity of these people but the Scriptures does not hide it from us. As a matter of fact, the Scriptures give us the full account of how the Father of Faith lied twice. How Peter denied Jesus. How Paul refused John Mark a second chance. How the man after God’s heart committed adultery. The scriptures just does not make them extraordinary, God shows us the inabilities and his merciful contrast!

We too can do extraordinary things like these men if we would give ourselves away. If we would indeed be dead to sin with no life for ourselves again but the life of God alone. If we will seek God alone and trust Him to give what is best! Our society would be better if we had more ordinary men with the contact of the God beyond personality! You could be one of such Generals. Accept Jesus, Walk with Him and Live for Him. That’s the key!