PurposePursuit

Eureka!

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Eureka! Photo by Mary Amerman via flickr.

In 1867 on a farm in South Africa, 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs saw a stone glistening in the sun. The shining rock was eventually reported to a neighbour, who wanted to buy it from the family. Not knowing its value, Erasmus’ mother told the neighbour, “You can keep the stone, if you want it.”

Eventually, a mineralogist determined the stone to be a 21.25 carat diamond and worth a great sum. It became known as the “Eureka Diamond” (The Greek word eureka means “I found it!”). Soon the fields near the Jacobs’ farm soared in value. Underneath the land was one of the richest diamond deposit ever discovered.

Jesus told two almost similar stories about the Kingdom in Matthew 13:44-46. I love the way the Message translation puts it:

“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.

God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it.”

In these two stories, Jesus seemed to be saying that every man is searching for something for which he will give anything to have. The human spirit longs for an ambience he used to know so well.

He then further proposes that the Kingdom of God is the treasure after which man seeks. He may not know it, but his heart longs for God’s Kingdom and His purpose, in the pursuit of which lies his deepest fulfilment.

When a man finds the Kingdom, he can go sell everything else he has acquired while searching for this ONE thing. Nothing can be of more value and importance to the man more than the Kingdom. In another place in the Gospel, Jesus said we are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and every other thing will be added to us.

As we draw the curtain on 2015 and prepare for the new year, let’s be reminded that we are here as representatives of God’s Kingdom. It is in our pursuit of God and His Kingdom plans that we can be truly fulfilled. We must consciously live as men who have had the Eureka Experience and understand the value and priority of what we have found – the KINGDOM OF GOD.

Now, if you have not found this life’s greatest treasure or if you at some point in time, traded it on the altar of ignorance, you can receive the Kingdom into your life today. Just believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus died for you and was raised from the dead so that in His life you can be fully alive- victorious and purposeful, making Christ your Saviour and Lord!

JustPurpose

THY KINGDOM COME!

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One major issue I have found myself discussing each time I have an opportunity to speak on the subjects of purpose and potential is the matter of THE KINGDOM of God.
This week, I want to share with you some of my thoughts about the Kingdom and why I think an understanding of the Kingdom is important to the discovery, pursuit and fulfillment of your purpose.

To start with, the idea of a Kingdom brings to mind, from a breakdown of the word, the concept of a King and  a Domain. Thus, a Kingdom is about the supreme reign of a monarch over a territory.

The Scriptures establish the fact that God is a King and the Earth and the Heaven are his territories. We also know that at the Creation of Man, God made him a king after His likeness making the earth Man’s territory. God had a purpose for doing this. God has not changed. His purpose remains valid even now. His purpose was that the Earth would be like Heaven marked by a perpetual pursuit of God’s Will and an ambience of His divine presence. This was why He made man: that he may have dominion over the earth. 

You and I were created pursuant to a grand plan of the Kingdom to manifest the King’s reign here on earth. We carry God’s DNA so that we can manifest his character here on earth.

This is still God’s global plan for the world  that the earth will be brought under the reign of our King. Jesus had this in mind when he prayed that God’s Kingdom come and that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Your purpose is critical to this plan. You have the duty to establish God’s Kingdom everywhere you go and I believe the way to do this is to engage, subdue and transform the corrupted culture of the earth. So, whatever your calling is: a teacher, counsellor, pastor, lawyer, blogger, social media activist etc, I urge you to seek to understand more of God’s Kingdom and how it works and let your motto always be: THY KINGDOM COME!

JustPurpose

Solutions Not Blame Trades.

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I recently read the story of Gospel R n B singer, Fred Hammond and how his mother had confessed that she intended to abort him! The procedure—done in 1960 before abortions were legal—failed. Hammond’s mother returned for a second attempt but decided against the procedure; Hammond was later born in December 1960.*

I took some time to imagine if this minister of the gospel had been killed before he before he could even raise his hand to say hello to the world and how tragic it would have been, humanity not knowing what it has lost.

Can you imagine how much of greatness is being lost to abortion? Perhaps God already answered our prayer for a solution to a problem, by sending a child through a woman across the street and she had the child aborted!

Imagine if Mother Teresa or Martin Luther King Jnr. or Barack Obama or Winston Churchill or any other greatly respected world figure had been aborted. We cannot estimate how much loss the world would have suffered.

I like to ask people I speak to on the subjects of purpose and potential this question: “What would the world have missed if you had been aborted?” I believe the answer to that question points to the truth of every child’s deep significance and importance to the society. Yet, According to the WHO, 21.6 million women experience an unsafe abortion worldwide each year; 18.5 million of these occur in developing countries. 47 000 women die from complications of unsafe abortion each year. Deaths due to unsafe abortion remain close to 13% of all maternal deaths.**

Our society is full of problems, abortion is only one of these. We have problems related to leadership, health, and even the church is sick of heresies and lethal carnality.

I believe God sends every child conceived to solve a problem or advance a course. That makes you the solution to a problem. But how can you solve that problem if you don’t know it. This is why it is important we all connect to God through Jesus Christ so that we can discover why we are here and together bring the Kingdom of God on earth.

Jesus and his disciples together with Mary, his mother were at a wedding ceremony and a problem arose. Mary was quick to identify that problem. She not only identified the embarrassing exhaustion of the wine for the guests, she was very concerned about it. But she had no means to solve this problem. She was concerned but powerless. However, she knew Jesus could solve the problem, so she connected the servants to Jesus and instructed them to do whatever he commands. (John 2)

In a later chapter, John records the story of how the disciples also identified a problem, but instead of seeking the solution, they started looking for who to blame. Jesus cautioned them and told them to instead look out for what God wants to do about that problem.

Here is the conclusion of the matter. There is a particular problem you were created to solve. Have you identified it by a discovery of your purpose? Are you the one we have been praying for should we expect another?

While you have been equipped to solve a problem for the Glory of God and the advancement of our Kingdom, there are countless other problems in our society and like Mary, it is your duty to pray to God to send labourers and to connect as many people to God as possible. Jesus said we are the light of the world not of the church.

As Nigerians go to the polls, we must keep this in mind- the change we seek is not in a party or person but in the collective discovery of our purposes and reign of God’s Kingdom in every sphere of our society!

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* en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Hammond
**www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/unsafe_abortion/magnitude/en/

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