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TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY – Ope Sanyaolu

Have you ever heard or read adverts on the electronic/print media, especially about promos and Bonanzas? One thing that is common with these adverts is the statement – “Terms and Conditions Apply”.

Our God is a God of principle and order. From what He said to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 30: 1-9, we can deduce that the same thing is applicable to us in our time. He said that a lot li in store for us if we… (1)…act according to divine instructions, (2)... obey all His commands with all our hearts and souls, (3)…keep the decrees of the Bible and obey His voice and (4)…turn to the Lord genuinely.

All these terms and conditions apply to the promos God has in stock for us. He is ready to bless us beyond our thoughts, but we must be ready and willing to abide with His terms and conditions. Once we do, He is bound to deliver.

The best part of God’s promo is that He didn’t say that the offer would be valid only while stock lasts or that the promo will run within a limited time frame; say from October 12 to October 30, 2014. His mercy endures forever; therefore, all we need to participate in the promo is to simply follow the terms and conditions that apply therein. Fulfill the conditions attached to His blessings and watch your life being transformed. Do you wish to go over the terms and conditions in the above-mentioned scripture again?

Take a look at the prizes offered that warranted such terms and conditions:

  • Restoration of fortune, mercy, return from exile, possession of ancestral land and the infliction of curses on our persecutors. Others include all-round fruitfulness, prosperity and increase, all-round success and the delight of the Lord.

Do you desire any of these prizes, yet contemplating on how to comply with the terms and conditions? Well, God will not leave you all to yourself. He will not leave you to do it alone. All He requires from you is your willingness and from there on, He knows what to do. He knows how to change your heart once you submit to Him in obedience.

With a changed heart, everything else becomes accomplishable. Take a look again at all these prizes being brandished before us. Are they not the same things we request for in our vigils and sometimes add fasting in order to speed up the process of manifestation? But God says all the prizes can be ours ONLY if we follow His terms and conditions.

According to John 3:16; 10:10, the biggest offer is for us to believe in Jesus so that eternal and abundant life will be ours. Which path will you take? Will you choose to continually struggle or simply trust and obey Him? You can now approach the Lord to tune your heart towards the grace that helps a man live to fulfill His terms and conditions.

Writing on the wall – Burning Bush Boy

When a man is not sure of himself, he stammers in speech. When a man is not sure of his vision, he wanders about. Whenever you see an inconsistent child of God, he is one who is yet to make up his mind to follow Jesus whatever the cost. He wants to hold on with one hand to the Father for His blessings and with the other hand, he holds the world for what he enjoys therein.

He wants to eat and have his cake at the same time. He wants to hold on to The WORD while still clinging to The WORLD. He wants to do the impossible, which is to simultaneously operate in the two different realms. The Word and the World are two parallel lines that can never meet.

In the early 1990s, while still trying to find my feet in the LORD, I recall visiting a friend’s brother-in-law in his office, somewhere at the Lagos Island. He was not on his seat, but as I waited for him in his office, my eyes strayed to this wonderful composition he pasted on his office wall.

As I read through it, I knew right away that it was something I must read over and over again. I thank God for my daddy who had earlier instilled in me the habit of going about with a pen and at least a piece of paper if not a writing pad. I immediately transferred what was on the wall to my notebook and from there; it was transferred into my heart from where it has kept me going till today.

What I read that blessed day set a foundation for me on which, by God’s grace, I am still building upon. It gave me a direction and exposed me to what to expect for bidding the world farewell to embark on a journey with Christ in a world filled with contradictions.

I wish I knew who composed those words, but if the author is getting to read this, please know that I appreciate your efforts for taking time and the pains to write down those inspiring and challenging statements. I also hope you will get to understand why I need to share your thoughts with others who may equally find the strength to stand differently for Christ without having to be afraid or ashamed.

And for the brother who must have pasted it on his office wall for him to repeatedly read through until he’s consumed by it, I say thank you. I also hope you are still walking in the strength of what you boldly displayed on your wall for me and your other visitors to read?

To my dear reader, please note that what you are about to read has the capacity to challenge your faith in Christ and make you a soldier of the cross for the rest of your life. Be blessed!

The Fellowship of the Unashamed:

“I am part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed. The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed. My present makes sense and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colourless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, positions, plaudits or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live my faith, lean on His presence, love with patience, live by prayer and labour with power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven, my road is narrow. My way is rough, my companions are few. My guide is reliable and my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up or slow up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and spoken up for the course of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me.

My banner is clear. I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed.” – Author unknown.

This may be the last generation of Christians in Nigeria – SAP

The sickness and deterioration of our country is a reflection of the Church of Nigeria. Church of this nation, when will you wake up from your slumber! Nigeria is one of the highly religious countries in the world, yet our sickness is not healed. In spite of our religious practices, how come we are fifth on the list of the most corrupt countries of the world?

This has set my heart pounding all along. Of what use is the jamboree going on in our churches today? Having lost our priority, dignity and pride, all we now do is to chase after shadows. It is high time we burnt this garment of religion and put on the genuine nature of Christ.

If 120 Christians transformed the entire city of Jerusalem and with the revival of the Upper room liberating several nations, what are the about 12million Christians in Nigeria doing to flush out corruption, immorality, injustice and wickedness from our nation? Where is this form of Christianity coming from? This couldn’t be the church Christ labored and died for!

At this point, certain things must be made clear and the first thing is that we must realize that the fact that a person sings, preaches, pays tithes and offerings, sows seeds, attends programs and sleeps in the sanctuary will never make him or her a Christian of such that can revive the land.

I am sorry for having to break your heart at this point, but I know your pastor has hidden this truth from you because he wouldn’t want to lose your offering and seeds. He is, obviously, not bothered if your soul gets rotten and ends up in hell. He is very much aware that you still falsify figures at work, but has he ever rebuked you? Instead of rebuking you, has he not continued to encourage you and to tie you down with positions in church so that you can continue to fund his so-called ministry?

The blank truth is that you are working for your pastor and his church and definitely not for God. Don’t you think it would be impossible for God to recognise and accept such a labour? I know you have travelled far in this error, but it is not too late to realize that God saved you to make you be like Him in character, holiness and in producing abiding fruits.

To the Church of Nigeria I write: “I know thy works that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

Church, wake up to reality! A number of things have attempted to shake you from your comfort zones, but you refused to shift grounds. Shepherds of the Church of Nigeria, leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other servants of God, I challenge you in the name of the Lord to strengthen what is left and about to die.

“Seeketh thou a great thing for yourselves?” (Jer. 45:5) Don’t seek for great things for all that is great shall be demolished and destroyed. Stop seeking for power and fame. That’s not what you are called to do. Can’t you see that the lives (Boko Haram members) you ignored and left unattended to have become giants and Goliaths who now defile the name of our Lord?

Uncircumcised Philistines, who at a time had contacted us by attending our churches and being our neighbours, now dictate the present and rob our school girls and youths of their future. To think that you can still walk about in your Babarigas and fly in your private jets make my heart bleed. This is shameful!

It is glaring that because of the pressure to fill up the stomach, Shepherds of the church now find the work of discipleship and true teaching difficult to do. You prefer raising billionaires than raising disciples capable of defending and enlarging the kingdom. Little wonder there is no improvement in the deterioration of our land. In the time of trouble, billionaires, so raised, will only fly off to other countries, while the land is left void of disciples to stand for Christ.

We have heard of Turkey, a nation that was once like Nigeria dominated by Christians; a very religious country for about 1,300 years. Today, the population of Christians in Turkey is less than 0.24% with Islam dominating with about 96.04%. If you should know, Turkey is the old Ephesus where we have the Church of Ephesus that Apostle Paul laboured to build in Christ.

What really happened to Turkey? They forsook God, their first love and although Christ, the Head of the Church, warned them in Revelation 2:1-5, they refused and eventually, their candlestick was removed. The Church of Nigeria is treading on the same path now and unless we arise and repent, this generation may be the last generation of Christians in Nigeria. If we refuse to stand up and embrace the purpose of our salvation, then our story will likely end up as it did for Turkey.

In summary, please don’t keep saying it by word of mouth that you are a Christian. I know, but I strongly believe it is time to stand up and show it by your actions and lifestyle. Don’t advertise your denomination to me; it makes no sense to me and to the world. The only thing that makes sense and capable of transforming lives is for you to allow Christ live from within you. Live the life! Let the light shine! Enough of the jamboree! What we need is revival and Lord, may our land be revived! Amen.

Do it! Do it now! Do it all! – Burning Bush Boy

Whatever your hand finds to do, DO IT with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going – Eccl. 9:10.

The hand is meant to do something. It was created to work and if it, therefore, finds one thing to do out of the many things available, let it go all out to work. Whatever good thing your hand has found to do; whatever thing a man knows how to do, let him do it. Do it, because it is in your hand to do and not to talk about it. The Bible says, do it and not declare it. It is in your hand for it to be done.

How do I do it?

You have to do it with all your might and not shabbily or lazily. You are made up of might and you must have to do it with all and not some of the might within you. The might here means everything you have within you. Apply all the energy or force within you. Are you endowed with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of what must be done? If so, do it applying these wonderful qualities. Your might is made up of these qualities in you. Go ahead and apply the divine might in you to fan your flames into an enormous fire; make it visible for all to see.

“Meditate on these things; GIVE YOURSELF ENTIRELY TO THEM that your progress may be evident to all” – 1 Timothy 4:15.

“Therefore, I remind you to STIR UP the gift of God WHICH IS IN YOU through the laying on of my hands” – 2 Timothy 1:6.

You must have to meditate on what your hand has found to do. With the assistance of the Holy Spirit within you, you can grow it. You must give yourself entirely to it – not reserving the energy within you. Do not reserve your time on it either. You will have to go this extra mile because your progress must be evident to all. Although you are not trying to show off, yet your growth and development is a way of showing that God is increasing in you.

Don’t waste time on what is yet to get into your hand so much that what lies in your hand dies. If you neglect what your hand has found to do and devote time and energy to what is not and may not get to be in your hand, you will eventually lose what you have. You will eventually have nothing within your grip. If you focus well on what is in your hand, you can be sure that it will connect you to what should be in your hand. It is only a matter of time. It is what you have at hand that will give you other things that should be in your hand.

“What is that in your hand?” God asked Moses this question in Exodus 4:2 and Moses replied, “A rod…And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward, but lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it…Ex. 4:15-16.

Do you also have a rod in your hand? Has your hand probably found a rod that will eventually pave the way for you through the Red Sea? Do you have a rod at hand that will move men in your generation ahead to their land of promise? I am sure that your hand is not empty. Look very well and you will see that He has placed a rod in your hand. Lay this rod down at His feet and as you pick it up again, ways shall open up for you.

Do you think you are trapped at the Red Sea ahead of you and yet all you have is an insignificant rod? Well, you should realise that God led you through the way of the Red Sea knowing you only have a ‘mere rod’ in your hand, but He has done this to show forth His might in taking you across this intimidating challenge. If I were you, I will stretch forth that rod in my hand over the Red Sea, for I may not have many other things for now, but at least, my hand is not anyway empty. I have found one thing to do and I will do it with all my might.

Solomon concluded: “…in the grave where YOU ARE GOING.” Eccl. 9:10.

The conclusion of this matter is not what you may like to read about, but it is the bitter truth. Do all within your reach and might for you are already approaching your grave where there is no work or device; no knowledge or wisdom.

Not too many people, even Christians, love to hear that they are approaching their graves, but the truth is the truth. Every new day we see takes us closer to our graves. We may reject death in Jesus’ name, but it is an abiding truth that you are closer to death than yesterday. Every man gets closer to his grave by the second of time.

If you won’t believe Solomon, you should believe Jesus for He said the same truth in another way. Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; THE NIGHT IS COMING when no one can work.” John 9:4.

For Jesus, His hand found something worthwhile to do and without despising it, He went through the pains and joy of it to get the work done. He knew, just as I must also know that whatever must be done must be done with might and in a good time. While Solomon said you are approaching the grave, Jesus said your night is coming. They are both saying the same thing. If you don’t believe you are going towards your grave by the day, you should believe that your night is coming.

For me, I can’t afford to deceive myself. I will, therefore, ask for strength, knowledge, understanding and wisdom to do all that He has put in my hands. I want to do the works of Him who sent me while it is day, because I am sure that I will one day wake up and walk into my grave or if said differently, my night will catch up with me one day. You call this a chilling fright or truth?

Finally, let me urge you just as I am urging myself that now is the time to get to work. Our hands are not empty, but the problem is that we so much long for what we do not have at the expense or detriment of what we have. Let us stop looking down on what our hands have found, instead, let us arise and do what we must do while we still have the time and energy. God is with us and by His strength, we shall prevail. We shall overcome the different forms of hindrance on our pathway if we only look unto Jesus. “Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” Heb. 12:12-13.

 

 

 

Would it be wrong to ask to be like Goliath? – Burning Bush Boy

The kingdom of Satan has only one drive and it is to fight the Kingdom of God. Satan made his unfriendly intentions known from the very moment God created and handed over the newly created world to Adam and Eve. Immediately he knew about the plan of God to hand over the reins of the world to His own, he moved against them. He didn’t have to do much than to introduce disobedience into the lives of those whom God depended on.

Reading the first verse of 1 Sam. 17, the devil, through the Philistines, once again attacked God’s children (Israel), but this time around, the Philistines took the battle to Sochoh, the land of the Israelites. Taking the battle to your enemy’s camp is a daring step and a sign that the enemy has no respect, whatsoever, for you or your God. (Jonathan and his armour bearer did the same in 1 Sam.14:6)

Looking at the contemporary Church, the enemy is no longer fighting ‘God’ and His children from outside, but right within. He has taken over even the altar of God and he has his agents as ministers in every department of the Church. He is doing whatever comes to his mind against us and unfortunately, we are putting up no resistance. (Mat. 13: 24-25).

As the two nations pitched their tents for war, the Philistines looked more serious and prepared for the battle as they stood out to present Goliath, their own war champion – v4. Meanwhile, Israel fidgeted at the presence and words of Goliath. To worsen their situation, they could not produce a warrior to represent them. Although Israel had a king, he was not bold enough to stand as a champion to defend his people.

The qualities of Goliath: We may not like this, but the truth is that we can learn a lot from Goliath. He possessed some rare qualities that we should not overlook.

He was bold to be different: v3-8: Apart from his height, he was bold enough to step out and gave a voice to his intentions. While some of us are too quiet, shy and unsure of ourselves to talk about what and who we stand for, Goliath refused to be dumb. He was bold enough to address not an individual, but an entire army of Israel. Am I bold enough to cry out against iniquity and speak against an entire army of the enemy?

We may argue that we have a strong faith inwardly, but out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Mat. 12:34) We have no bold declarations because our hearts are not filled with enough pressure. When the heart is empty, the lips are sealed. Lord, let there be an abundance of goodness and righteousness for the kingdom within me. Daniel did not only purpose in his heart to stay pure, he opened up his mouth to make a request. (Dan. 1:8) Speak out and let us know your convictions!

Behold a Philistine citizen indeed: v8: Here you meet a proud Philistine who has no reason to deny his citizenship. “Am I not a Philistine…” he asked. He declared openly his nationality and this makes me to ask, when was the last time I declared my heavenly citizenship with all intent and purpose? (Eph. 2:19/Phil. 3:20). Are you really proud of being a Christian and a citizen of heaven? Do you not see it as an unfortunate situation that you are born again and a citizen of God’s kingdom that will allow you to come in the way you are, but that will not tolerate you to remain the way you came in?

My loss is loss to my kingdom & vice-versa – v8-9: Goliath was raised up to see and believe that whatever happened to him will have a direct reflection on his kingdom. He was taught to see himself as one with his kingdom. For him, his personal loss was his nation’s loss and his gain, his nation’s gain. He could not be separated from the kingdom that brought him up. Goliath was not a different person from his kingdom.

He knew and exploited the weak point of Israel: v8: He knew Israel could not produce a Champion to defend their land and he tormented them for it. He knew the youths of the land are handicapped and so he proudly dared Israel: “Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me,” he said. He went as far as defying the army of God (v10) and I can say that the Church is still very much being defied and defiled by her inability to produce a man to counter giants against our kingdom.

He was such a reliable man – v9-10: Is it true that Israel didn’t have men? They had, but the problem was that none was man enough to stand for his God and nation. They were men the nation could not rely upon; unreliable men. Unlike them, Goliath was so sure of himself that he put the entire Philistines at a risk of becoming slaves if he lost to the Israelites, but interestingly, none of his people accused him of this risky proposal. They were so sure of their candidate and relied fully on him. They trusted him to win the battle and saw no reason to doubt or caution him.

Brethren, who among us can the church or heaven depend upon? Can we relax knowing that you have gone to that Institution for us? (Isa. 6:8). God relaxed knowing that Daniel and his three friends went to Babylon on His behalf and that of Israel. Their failure and compromise would have brought shame to God and to Israel, but these men stood and excelled. They knew their God and did exploit. (Dan. 11:32) What are we to say of Joseph in Egypt and Esther in the Persian land?

As Goliath flexed his muscles, those whom Israel depended upon all became dismayed and afraid. (v11) Israel looked up to her King, Saul, but he could not come down and represent them. He did not have the life to stand in the gap for his nation and as they say, “Like leaders like followers,” none of his soldiers could take up the challenge.

The upbringing of Goliath: The Philistines, like men of other religions in our days are very deep in making plans for the future. They may not have much, but the Philistines succeeded in their project of bringing up a war champion from his youth. I can imagine his parents receiving a message from their gods (as did Samson’s parents in Judges 13:3-5) that Goliath was going to be a special child; a precious gift to the land.

They probably saw this uniqueness in his size as he grew and immediately, they directed it towards a worthy course. With his size and strength, Goliath could have used this advantage to terrorize his own people as an armed robber. He could have chosen to be a bodyguard to a music or film idol for the sake of money and fame. With his size, he could have organised and led a mafia or a rebel group against the government of his land, but through the hands of his elders, his unique abilities were guided towards the advantage of their land. Instead of living for himself, he sacrificed his life and became a soldier to defend the pride of his nation and he was gloriously celebrated for it as a champion.

Interestingly, as a youth who must have had his self-will, Goliath cooperated with those who brought him up. He probably wanted to grow up like every other youths around him, but there was something about him, his size, which made him special. To be a war champion from youth, he must have denied himself of so many things his mates enjoyed. When others were playing around with strong drinks, sex, pornography, watching movies and other life-wasting things and events, Goliath was undergoing a serious drilling. I imagine him in a camp, exercising his muscles and learning how to use his weapons. He couldn’t eat what he liked. He couldn’t wear those revealing dresses. Many restrictions came his pathway because he was being groomed for a national/kingdom assignment.

Moses also went through this training. (Heb.11:23) Youths that must fulfill God’s great plan must be willing to submit and cooperate with their parents/elders. They must be willing to be hidden for them not to lose and make common what has made them special. Goliath allowed himself to be made and he died for what he was raised to become. Boko Haram people are making their own disciples and they are dying on a daily basis for the purpose of their making.

Do we have young men and ladies willing to turn their back to things of this world and stay within the camp of God to be made as kingdom warriors? Are we willing to allow the elders, through discipleship, guide our special abilities towards the benefit of God’s kingdom? Don’t we have gifted children of God using their beauty, musical and other gifts against the kingdom? We have youths that have grown up, yet unable to take their stand in the purpose of God. He who created them for a purpose can no longer use them, because they left home and are no longer available. They deserted the camp before they were fully made. Today, they are serving another kingdom and surely, they are examples of a failed heavenly investment.

Goliath was a proud Philistine. He was bold and daring. He was raised up to be a warlord and he died being one without deviating from the pathway. He held on to his faith. What a life! What a consistency! If the devil could produce a champion, why is God finding it difficult to make you and me His end time war victors? What could be wrong with our lives?  

Goliath ruled until the appearance of David:

The situation remained the same for 40 days until David suddenly appeared on the scene and restored Israel’s lost hope. At last, Israel found a voice and a champion in David, thus ending the days of terror against God’s kingdom. I don’t know the number of years the modern day Goliath has been harassing the church and I don’t know how much longer he will continue with this, but we can pray that your appearance on the scene will bring about an end to this reproach. Lord, may the body of Christ find her lost hope through us.

Saul’s discouragement was a revelation to David: “And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth and he a man of war from his youth.” v33

Saul saw an incapable young man in David and true to what he saw, David was a youth. However, he was wrong about David being incapable. It would be wrong to assume that every youth around is incapable of standing tall. Many may have missed it, but God still has His own well-kept from the modern day corruption.

Generally, people assume that youths are up to no good – people who cannot do but compromise their stand and faith, but David proved Saul wrong. (1 Tim. 412/1 John 2:14) We must not allow worldliness to rubbish our lives. Forces from the kingdom of hell will try to despise/look down on us, but we must not allow it. We may be young, but we are strong enough to overcome iniquities in our days. With the word of God in us, we are more than able to conquer the giants challenging our lives, homes and the body of Christ. (Psa. 119:9)

Saul also assumed that with the issue of fighting Goliath, young David had no idea. He believed that David could do other things successfully, but fighting giants was not anything he could do. Will you also allow the devil and the situation to classify your strength? Is it true that there are certain things you are capable of doing and other things you are incapable of? Is it true that among the things you are incapable of doing is being able to stand differently for the sake of heaven and the body of Christ in your generation? Well, the devil has just said it clearly and loudly that you are handicapped in fighting spiritual battles! Is this true?

Saul reckoned that Goliath was an experienced man of war and he was right. The challenge at hand did not just start; it had been in existence before we were born. Goliath had been fighting and winning battles since he was a youth. He started fighting as a youth; he grew up fighting and he was in this business until the day he died in the hands of David. Goliath lived a consistent life.

The big iniquity we see fighting our kingdom started small and slowly, it grew so big and it is now almost looking unchallengeable. It grew because it did not meet with a formidable challenge from so-called Christians. If Goliath had conquered David, he would have continued to grow proud. If our generation is defeated, this challenge will have the opportunity to continue to grow until it becomes too big for the coming generation to handle. Lord, let this monster and giant tormenting the body of Christ meet its waterloo as it encounters us. Amen.

 

My duty is to follow orders

Even though I know this cannot work, yet I sometimes wish it is possible to serve God on my own terms. Tell me, if this be so, who shall be serving who? Looks more like God serving me!

I am the one created for service, hence I am the servant. God chooses the service; He decides what to be done in the manner it should be done. He goes further to decide when and where it should be done. I am trying to say that God is behind it all when it comes to service. My singular duty, therefore, is to follow His leading and instruction. I simply follow orders!

I have, for this long period, suffered a stunted growth because I do the leading and simply call on Him for backup. I choose What to do and the Where, How and When of the work. He is pushed aside only for me to call on Him whenever I hit a storm. Should this be?

I base what is to be done on the measurement of my ability. If it is what I think I can handle, fine! I go ahead to accept the work. On the other hand, if the demands of the work are reckoned beyond my strength, I coil in. How dare I accept a task from God based on what lies within me as human strength, ideas and knowledge.

I thought He should be the strength in me for His assignments. He is the wisdom and all that I need for the work and not my limited ability. What is to be done will not always fall within my scope of comfort and ease. In most cases, His assignments are stretchy. I must be stretched out of what I am used to; out of what gives me comfort.

He does this to grow and widen my knowledge of Him and to make me ever dependent on Him. I guess He dislikes not being seen in the picture of the work. At every stroke of the painting brush, God must be seen. He is the great God within, without, behind, beside and before a small man called to service.

Now I really wish to serve Him beyond the set lines or boundaries of my official title; beyond what I have measured my capacity to be. Nothing should restrict or limit my service. Once He calls, I move without anything weighing me down and eventually weighing me out of divine relevance.

Where He leads me I will go and what He wants will remain my focus. I do not intend to consider myself before the task. I mean, why should I first want to know how the gains or pains of the work will affect me before accepting to pick up His job offer? Secularly, this makes sense, but nothing of God makes human sense.

Even if He leads me to an island of pains, I should know that these mere earthly pains are ingredients for eternal gains. There is no divine pain without a far weighty gain or glory. As they say, No pain; No Gain. No Thorn; No Crown.

Is the place I am, therefore, called to serve looks so small and little known? This may be, but the song writer says, “Little is much when God is in it. Labour not for wealth or fame. There’s a crown and you can win it, if you go in Jesus’ name.” soldiers

So what if He sends me to a big field? Even this big field requires God to be in it if success will not remain an idea from dreamland. Big and intimidating fields are His ways of saying, “I can use the weak to confound the strong; the poor to confuse the rich and the stupid to shame the wise.

Only the weak and humble shall overcome by His strength. “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts.

Burning Bush Boy