Dead or Alive?

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In my last post, I attempted to redefine and clarify what purpose really means. I said that purpose simply is your role in God’s global plan for mankind as He reconciles men to Himself through Jesus. If you think about this, you may realize that purpose is like a tree with three branches.

The first branch is God’s ultimate purpose for mankind which is clearly established in scripture as exercising dominion on earth to give effect to the Kingdom idea of colonizing the earth for Heaven.

The second branch is the general purpose of God for every believer which are to give glory to God, to belong to His family, to become like Christ, to serve with your gifts and to spread the message of the Good News as explained in Rick Warren’s all time classic, Purpose Driven Life.

The third branch is your specific purpose which is the specific, unique and personal purpose God had in mind which He made you to fulfill according to his general and ultimate purpose for us.

While the first two branches are clear, understanding the third is what usually seem difficult for most people. But like I said last week, to understand your specific purpose, you need to have a relationship with God.

The details of your specific purpose are not hidden from God. After all, your purpose is His intention. The problem then can only be with your ability to receive the knowledge of what God intended.

Now, scripture says clearly that only the spirit of a man can tell you his thoughts. Thus, only by God’s Spirit can we have access to God’s thoughts and plans for us. You don’t find your purpose lying around on the surface. But you can find it as God’s Spirit brings them all out into the open before you.

 What then is the real problem? The unsaved self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gift of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Only when we are spiritually alive, can we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing.  (1 Corinthians 2:10-16 MSG)

So, before you can find your purpose, you have to be spiritually alive. Religion cannot get this done for you. In fact religion thrives on your spiritual death. Only by faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection can you be spiritually alive!

If you are out there seeking the discovery of your purpose, I’ll like to invite you to respond to God’s offer of a relationship with Him. You receive this offer simply by believing with your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus died for you and on the third day, he was raised from the dead to make you spiritually alive. Once you do this, you now have a relationship with God and have received the gift of His Spirit by whom you can find and fulfill your specific purpose.

I call you blessed!



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Sometimes ago, I started a column called SPIRILYRICS on the platform of the Editorial Team of my fellowship on campus. I shared, weekly, the lyrics of songs that blessed me; made some comments on those lyrics and sought to provide the correct lyrics of the popular songs that people often sang wrongly. I had to suspend the column when I got very busy with some other stuffs.

This week, I want to do something similar to SPIRILYRICS. I want to share the lyrics of the very first song I featured on that platform which, by the arrangement of grace, I came across again this week after a very long search. The song is by Philip, Craig and Dean. I would not provide details of the artistes since my goal is just to share the lyrics of this very powerful piece with you. But you can see more about the trio here.

The song is basically a presentation of the story of the prodigal son with emphasis on the response of the Father to the return of His lost son. Enjoy!

When God Ran”

[Verse 1:]
Almighty God, The Great I Am,
Immovable Rock, Omnipotent, Powerful,
Awesome Lord.
Victorious Warrior, Commanding King of Kings,
Mighty Conqueror and the only time,
The only time I ever saw him run,
Was when…
He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to His chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice He said
“Son, do you know I still love You?”
He caught me by surprise, When God ran…

[Verse 2:]
The day I left home,
I knew I’d broken His heart.
And I wondered then, if things could ever be the same.
Then one night,
I remembered His love for me.
And down that dusty road, ahead I could see,
It was the only time,
It was the only time I ever saw Him run.
And then…
[Repeat Chorus]
He caught me by surprise.
And He brought me to my knees.
When God ran… I saw Him run to me.

I was so ashamed, all alone, and so far away.
But now I know, that He’s been waiting for this day…
I saw Him run to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice
I felt his love for me again.
He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice
He said “Son”
He called me Son.
He said “Son, do you know I still love You?”
He ran to me (When God Ran)
(I saw Him run to me)
And then I ran to Him
(When God ran)
When God ran…

The only time God ran was when He ran in the nick of time to lead you by a straight way to a city where you could settle and be all that you were meant to be. God did not run just so that the prodigal son or daughter, as you were could come back home for the fun of it. Even your salvation is so that you can be free and empowered with the dominion to live fully to die empty as you discover your assignment and maximize your potentials.
God ran and with arm opened wide, he gave you a fresh start. Should you not know why?

Have you embraced the opened arms of your Creator?
You are lost without Him and if you die without accepting his offer of salvation, you would have robbed us all of the beauty of God, locked away in the depth of your being, waiting for the touch of your Creator to be unleashed.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, the only time I saw God ran was when He ran so that you may live fully to die empty!
Lyrics from azlyrics.com

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