Aug
10
2017

I hope you don’t make this excuse either.

This newsletter is a confession of sorts, which I hope will bless you. It refers to one of those occasions God put His hand deep into my heart.
So the confession. Normally, whenever someone comes to help to talk through a problem or needs help on one issue or the other, I have a default statement along the lines of ‘I am not God’. Of course that statement by itself is true but it had a different meaning for me and that was what God was trying to get at. Recently God caused me to evaluate this comment and His revelation surprised me. You see, I was abdicating myself of any responsibility towards the solution of the problem. I was saying it’s God’s responsibility and not mine to resolve the problem. Right? Well, not quite, as God was to reveal to me.

When I began to analyse the statement more carefully, I realised the two-fold implication of what I was saying. Firstly, I was saying I am not sure I have faith for this issue. I was also saying ‘at least I tried but God might not come through’. Secondly and perhaps even worse, it meant I did not have to put in much effort as it was all God’s responsibility anyway. The statement also relieved me of waiting on God until a solution came. Additionally, unknown to me, the statement was not useful as it enabled me to comfortably maintain ‘my current faith level’. There was a sense of ‘if it happens – it happens’. It was easy to put the responsibility on God. After all, everybody understands that God can do what He wants.
God started to deal with my faith and my reluctance to pay the price or take a risk.

Like many people, I feel comfortable with people that know me well, but how about people I am not comfortable with? This was the challenge I was presented with. So when someone who I really admired and respected spiritually asked to see me recently, I became uncomfortable. Particularly when the person said, God has asked me to come and speak to you. “What if God does not give a word? What if I don’t have the answer?” were the kinds of thoughts going through my heart.
My ‘what-if’ questions were a 21st century example of other familiar ‘what-ifs’ in the bible:
• Moses – Exodus 2:11-15 – what if Pharaoh will not accept me?
• Gideon – Judges 6:12-16 – what if I am not qualified?
• Jeremiah – Jeremiah 1:6-8 – what if youth is against me?

 

I need to get out of my default statement and press on till either I hear from God or wisdom is released. I need to exchange my ‘God is in control’ to ‘I will wait and keep on waiting until the change comes (Job 14:14b). In other words, there is a price to be paid. Perhaps you also have excuses such as ‘I am not a prophet; I am not a pastor; I am not a counsellor; I don’t dream dreams; I don’t see visions, etc. Yes, the Spirit distributes gifts as He will but there is also that phrase in 1 Corinthians 14:1 that says, ask for what you need:
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.

So yes, He is God and has all the power and capacity to change things, but so do we. Why? Because:
… He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.… (2 Corinthians 3:8).

In the natural, we have certain expectations of our government ministers. There is a responsibility that comes with the job and we expect them to perform to very high standards. It is exactly the same in the kingdom of God. We are ministers of His covenant and He expects us to perform to high standards as well.
God is looking for a people who will take responsibility to be His ministers on earth. How much we take on the responsibility depends on how desperate we are to act as a minister. Did I just say that?

Well, until I appear in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed

Ola

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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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