Called to Worship

Sometimes, I struggle with the ‘point’ of things. What’s the point speaking up? Just be quiet and don’t bother people. What’s the point of telling people about my faith anyway? What’s the point of flooding people’s timelines with bible verses, and articles and worship music, makes no difference- might as well keep it to myself.

And what’s the point of a Praise Challenge anyway? These questions may be due to my deeply introspective personality, or the fact that I can be quite critical of things including myself. And of course the devil seeks to devour our faith (see 1 Peter 5:8-9) which is why the bible says that we must take every thought captive and bring it into submission to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).photo-2

So, I’d feel led by the Spirit to do something, I go ahead and take the plunge and then doubts set in. But whatever it is, the past few days some of these questions floated at the back of my mind. Then on Day 5 of this year’s praise challenge I woke up to a devotional from one of my favourite websites, with the following title:

“A Priest Calls People to Worship.”

Wow. Sometimes God smacks you across the head with just a few gentle words. This was one of those times. The truth is, we aren’t called to just experience God and keep the wonder to ourselves, ‘a city set on a hill cannot be hidden’, right? We are called to ‘go public’ with the news of His goodness. Immediately I saw the devotional title that morning, I thought of 1 Peter 2:9:

“But you are chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”

We are both called to worship, and called to call others to worship Jesus, as a royal priesthood. When we understand the sheer magnitude of this calling, we really shouldn’t have time to be self conscious about anything because we live only for an audience of One.

We are a Royal priesthood. Chosen. You & I. So that we may proclaim praises of the One who called us out of darkness into marvelous light. Jesus is our High Priest, and those who believe in him as the Son of God and accept him as Lord and Saviour become His royal priesthood. We proclaim praises because we’ve been called out of darkness into marvelous light- and must also perform our function as a royal priesthood- calling people to worship, caring for their spiritual lives (which begins with leading them to Christ and making them disciples), making intercession for them, and caring for them. We are called to share in the work of Jesus, our High Priest.

This is our worship- being a living sacrifice to God, a willing vessel, used for His will alone. A priest calls others to worship. The beautiful thing about God is He does everything with a ripple effect. Your purpose is connected to that of so many others. You’re being blessed so that you can be a blessing to so many others.

And so, our life of worship is meant to encourage so many others to worship too. We are designed to bring God glory. Hearts that encounter us should encounter Jesus too.

photo-3Too many times we can end up coasting through life not understanding who we are in Christ. We end up leading lackluster, mediocre lives because we prefer to live in restraint, remaining in our comfort zones, not realizing that we have the power of the Holy Spirit in us. The power to go out and proclaim the gospel, teach, exhort, and transform people’s lives through the power of God’s Word which is ‘alive and active, shaper than any two edged sword, dividing even soul and spirit, joints and marrow; judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart‘(Hebrews 4:12).

I write and post this to remind myself, as much as I write to anyone who will be encouraged these words. Brothers and sisters, we are called to worship. Not just in song, but with our very lives. We are called to exhibit the glory of the Lord, so much so that others see us and seek to know Jesus, our great, and magnificent High Priest.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” (Hebrews 4:14)

Love and light,

@nuellaswords

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The Workers are Few

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,
@nuellaswords

***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.
-Keep in touch via any of the WLMVT social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter 

Thanks!

April Theme is ‘GO’

 “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly and on every occasion), to the very close and consummation of the age. ” Matthew 28:19-20 [AMP]

Last year, I put up a post on Easter (Our Redemption Comes with a Purpose) about how the heavy gift of grace Jesus showed us all on the Cross, and His resurrection is followed by a heavy duty– to go out into all the world and share the Gospel.

In Isaiah 60:3, God gives us a promise that though darkness covers the earth, ‘nations will come to [our] light, and kings to the brightness of [our] rising’. What exactly is this light you may ask? The light of every believer is Jesus himself, living in and working through us. We are a chosen people, and God’s special possession because of the sacrifice of Christ. (1 Peter 2:9). This is the totality of the Gospel, so how can we not share it as He’s commanded?

Continuing in the spirit of Easter I’d like to then follow up this month by addressing the ‘how?’ of it all. Because though there’s a purpose God has for you that is unique, be it in terms of your work or talent, there is also the overall purpose as a believer which is Christ’s command in Matthew 28. Ultimately, these two tie together. However, if you’re anything like me, it can all seem a little out of reach sometimes most times. Cue Moses being all “[but Lord who am I to do this job?] Please send someone else” (Exodus 4 v 1-17). We can easily buy into the lie that to move into the purpose God has given us is impossible. If you dwell on that, the result is paralysis- the (negative) feeling of helplessness where the devil convinces you that you are too unworthy to fulfill your purpose so you might as well not try.

For a few weeks in March, I found myself feeling overwhelmed in true Moses fashion, thinking about all the stuff I have to do (and barely doing them), then I stumbled across Mathew 10. In this incredible chapter, Jesus sends out His disciples by laying out a ‘how to’ guide on fulfilling the mission He gave to them.

I’ve set out the points that stood out to me below:

 Matthew 10 (MSG)

  • “Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighbourhoood. Tell them that the Kingdom is here.” (v 5-8).
  • You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment and all you need to keep that going is 3 meals a day. Travel light. (v9-10)
  • STAY ALERT. You’re going to be like a sheep in a wolf pack. (v 16)
  • Don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the spirit of your Father will supply the words. (v17-20)
  • Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now. (v 26-27)
  • “This is large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance.”
  • Forget about yourself (v. 38-39; v. 29-31)

How amazing is it that God reaches into our every need and insecurity and provides not only comfort and solutions but the very push we need? In fact, it shouldn’t be that surprising given that HE IS LOVE and would never give you something to do and leave you unprepared for it. This is why we have the BIBLE and the HOLY SPIRIT. In Matthew 10, Jesus has put it in the simplest of terms- all you need to be light in a dark world is Him, yourself, your words, and your actions. Don’t buy into the lie that you need something extra special to be the disciple that God has called you to be. Jesus is all the ‘special’ necessary.

We need only be alert, and travel light by leaving all the baggage behind (physical, emotional AND spiritual baggage). We need to stay FOCUSED on Jesus and dependent on the Holy Spirit for guidance and the right words when necessary. We need to let go of all selfishness because God is already taking care of our needs.

This month, I believe Abba is encouraging us to push boundaries, escape our comfort zones, forget about ourselves and GO into all that He has called us to.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. [Joshua 1:9]

Love and light,
@nuellaswords

**I encourage you to read/meditate on Matthew 10 for yourself (in whatever version(s) you best understand) because its packed full of so much that we need on this journey.

February Theme: Love Like Jesus

Hi Everyone!

January is over already, its incredible how time flies! So WLMVT is back on the themes again after a bit of a break from them. The theme for February is ‘Love Like Jesus’. SO, we’re throwing out this question throughout the month – what does Loving Like Jesus look like to you? We’ll be putting up posts, interviews, etc on this.

Also, super excited about the Bible Study we’re doing on this theme THIS Saturday, 7th February at 2pm. If you would like to attend, just send an email to theworldlightmovement@outlook.com or simply add this pin on BBM: 7C5E7C57. Can’t wait to see you guys there!

Love,
@nuellaswords

(you can also just tweet @ me) xx