Reflecting on our current theme ‘GO’ and considering the positions of service I have found myself in from mid last year up to this point, I’ve come to the realisation that God literally provides opportunities for us to disciple others. Though I was subconsciously aware of this and have by the grace of God achieved the necessary goals at each stage, it just occurred to me how easy it is to underestimate the importance of the place we have been positioned. It hit me because sometimes, I have no motivation to follow through with things simply because I can’t see how it helps my personal goals OR it doesn’t line up with what I think should be happening. The truth is, we are self-centred beings by nature. However, to take up our cross and follow Jesus Christ, we absolutely cannot live life focused on ourselves. We have to be focused on God and His Kingdom [Matthew 6:33]- meaning we need to consider how & to what extent our own lives are impacting the lives of others in a positive and eternal sense.
A wise friend once said to me that most times, God makes himself manifest to us through our areas of need. Every group of people has an area of need and thus, an angle through which the gospel can have the biggest impact on their lives. For instance, teenagers are in a process of growth/discovery and thus need guidance and someone to look up to. Young women need to be shown that they have immense worth, value and purpose regardless of what society says. Mothers have the great responsibility of nurturing a life, and need to know that they have what it takes to also birth purpose in their children, husbands and home. Young men need help understanding their responsibility as leaders, providers and protectors. Not to talk of the finer demographics- entrepreneurs, fitness enthusiasts, musicians, beauty enthusiasts, artists/creatives, singles, students, young couples … the list is endless.
Question is, what category of people do you have access to? How do you relate to the struggles unique to them, and how can you apply the gospel to bring light to their lives? We need to be sharing the truths God has placed inside of us with the people around us. What I’ve come to realise is that more often than not, wherever you find yourself IS YOUR MISSION FIELD. You don’t need to create opportunities for discipleship, they are already right in front of you. If you are too focused on YOU, you won’t key into what the Holy Spirit is doing around you.
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. We cannot allow our human flaws, judgment and vision to blind us to the fact that the harvest IS ready and within reach. When you think about the people you walk by daily, be it in school, work, or wherever, do you simply see faces or do you see souls that are precious to God?
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:7-11 (NIV)
It is my prayer that we live as workers of the gospel and faithful stewards of God’s wonderful grace.
Love and light,
***A few things….
-Though the theme“GO” was intended for April, I feel led to start doing the themes on a bi-monthly basis so there’s enough time to study and meditate on each area. So ‘GO’ is for April/May.
-“GO” Bible Study will be holding this coming Saturday 9th May at Lekki Phase 1. Would love to fellowship with you all! Please add this pin to RSVP – 5597DFEA, and will send you finer details once you do.
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