We often experience both the Atmosphere and His Presence in the same place. If you look closely you’ll know one is produced by man while the other is the arrival of Someone.
We often treat Offering time in the church as a mundane routine and doing a favour for the church.
As the book of Genesis doesn’t offer much into why God was pleased with Abel’s sacrifice, the book of Hebrews offers us the answer;
“By an act of faith, Abel brought abetter sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.”
Hebrews 11:4 MSG
And that’s the folly that Cain make. He made an ordinary offering believing for nothing because he believed like the rest of the world that he makes his own luck with hard work.
We often think Purpose in life is this overarching theme of your life. Themes like eradicating poverty, sending man to the moon or even make it big in the field music or in entertainment. Though these are true and the most noblest of desires but very often this isn’t how God operates.
Let me be honest I get frustrated with life and work from time to time. Occasional frustrations are understandable but what If you are living in this state of torment every single day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! There is only one reason and its simple, you are living someone else vision.
Out of the billions in the world God still wanted you to be born. I often wonder why would He do that?
Doesn’t He have around 7 billion of mankind who can accomplish His vision? Or is there something that He needs to be fulfilled in this world that only you can accomplish? I believe the latter to be so true. There are so many things in this world built by icons like Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela but why are there only a few while the rest of the world end up being sidelined and being a part of the crowd?
God’s common grace is at work whether you are a Christian or not. People with singular focus achieve great things but with God you will not only do great things, you will also leave a legacy. A daily walk with God is key to knowing the purpose and goal for the day. When God made the heavens and the earth, each day He had a plan and a purpose. Though He could’ve easily done all of it simultaneously but God didn’t. Each day is a new day and for that new day, He had a brand new plan and this went on for every single day. The same is true for you daily.
Today, we live day in and day out mindlessly from brushing our teeth to going to work and back, I am guilty of it from time to time. But imagine this, you wake up in the morning and spend 30 minutes meditating and asking this one question, “Lord, what is your purpose and what do you want me to accomplish today?”. That one question alone will change the way you see your life. God answers those prayers and when He does, you are on to an adventure. You will see your environment change, favor from coworkers, open doors…etc. Even when you think nothing is happening, you can sense in your spirit something is brewing.
Purpose is not a single endeavour, its a daily assignment. Let’s assume, your calling in life is to solve world hunger. If that was your purpose, where would you begin? What would be your strategy, first steps, direction…etc? Before you know it, it would overwhelm you and you’d give up and miss out on the plan and destiny that God has for you. Every great endeavour started small because they had a daily commuion with God. They started cooking for people in need in their neighbourhood or started a small prayer group. There is great power in small beginnings. So don’t despise your small beginnings. I have a saying I’d rather have nothing and be at the center of His Will than have everything. I believe this to be true for any Christian.
You are here on this Earth on an assignment, why not spend some time with God in the Word and in prayer, 30 minutes of your morning daily isn’t much but it will be of profound impact. Like I said in my previous post, you are no mere mortal, you are powerful and let us finish this year right.
In 2013, I was at a business meeting introduced to them by my friend Sam. The customer started off the meeting saying that she understood that Sam and I attend the same church and how Sam is such an great Christian. I was intriguided and asked her which church does she go to? She replied saying that she’s not a Christian and she has attended our church once and found it fascinating. We carried on with the rest of the meeting and I left that place with a deep sense of conviction and question, what would my colleagues say about me? I have always been identified as a “good”, “nice”, “funny” and many other qualities but “Christian” wasn’t one of them.
Every weekend I hang out with other fellow believers in Church, small groups and extending that over to other fellowships. We speak the right tone, language and pepper in vocabulary with terms that only we understand. But once the weekend is done and over with, we are back in the real world with a few songs playing in our head till the weekend is back all over again. We sometimes yearn for Sunday to come so that we can have a sense of belonging and significance again.
What no one knows is the fact that we are totally different people during the week. Some of us dress, walk and talk differently that we are unrecognisable to our church buddies. We barely listen to Christian song or sermons and the thought of Jesus or God barely crosses our mind. We “remember” Him when trouble strikes but until then we cruise through life like the rest of the world. Our friends don’t even know whether we are even Christians but instead we are known to be the “nice ones”.
So why go to church if all we are going to do is nothing?
I know you and I go week in and week out to “meet” with the Creator but what happens after the “meeting”? Most of us give a clap-offering and we are on our way to engage the next 6 days as though nothing happened. If our life were a game, the world would be the field and the church the locker room where we rest and strategise. What we end up doing instead is chasing the world without implementing any of the strategies we discussed in the locker room. There is no drive or purpose that is God-focused.
What the point of the Good News when it’s not even shared at all? To put it in an alternative context, Good News should feel like as though your entire debt got waived off! or your cancer has gone into remission! You were brought back from our broken lives so that you and I can live a full life because Jesus paid a price and brought us back to our original place! So why aren’t we sharing this great exchange? Did our hearts grow cold or did we forget what we were before? (Phil 3:14, 2 Thes 2:14, 2 Tim 1:9)
Church is a place where we get equipped not only to heal ourselves but also also to bring that same healing to the rest of the community around us. We are accountable to our work, friends, neighborhood, and our family (Rom 14:12). The purpose of the Church is to instill us and equip us with the values and principles of the Kingdom so that we can reach out to the people that fall under our influence.
You are powerful and no mere mortal. He has placed eternity in our hearts (Ecc 3:11) so that you can heal the broken and be “Jesus” to the people in need. The world is a cruel place and when you enter into their “world” demons manifest and all ungodliness has to flee. Introducing them to the Creator Yahweh. We all carry a God vacuum and our goal is to point to Him.
It been 4 year’s since that meeting with and I still feel convicted. I pray that every morning when we wake up and are all set to conquer the day, that we ask God to reveal what is our Purpose for today. He will reveal to us and will give us the wisdom, the people and the words to say to heal the sick, raise the dead, reach out those who are abandoned, drive out demons and give away what you have in abundance. (Matt 10:8)
You are not just someone nice to be with! You are a change-maker and a history-maker because you are Powerful!