YOU ARE PURPOSE-FULL (PART 1)

                                                               

Some weeks ago, I asked a colleague this question, I said “before you were born, you were never alive. After you were born, this life became your reality. But what happens when you are gone? Would you realise that that which you thought was reality was actually an illusion? Or just a foretaste of what is and had actually always been? Where were you before you were born? Where would you be after you are gone?”

Yes, this present look on your face was actually the same way he gazed at me in utter confusion. But truth be told, most of us in this contemporary world do not take time out of this really fast paced, routine regulated society to do a deep reflection on ourselves and ask some basic but really important life questions. These include asking questions like:

  • Who am i?
  • Where did I come from?
  • Why am I here?
  • Where am I going?
  • What can I do?

Let me tell you a quick story, a farmer once had a vision of providing apple juice for his community, so he decided to plant an apple orchard. He did all he needed to do and after some years, the apple trees were fully grown. But something happened, the trees weren’t producing any fruits year after year even after the farmer had done all he was supposed to do, yet there was no progress. Out of frustration, he decided to cut the trees down and burn them all up.

Now, we all are that tree planted here on earth with an innate ability to bear fruits which should be served to our world. The creator on the other hand, is the farmer who works tirelessly in order to ensure we manifest our truest self.

There is a purpose for which we are still breathing; there is a reason why you are where you are, regardless of what life is dishing you, there is a reason why God is letting you go through what you are going through.

What is Purpose?

Purpose is defined as the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. When you do something with purpose, you do it with determination. When your activities have a purpose, you have an aim or intention in mind.

Today, we would be focusing on the reason for which man was created. And when I say Man, I mean you and I. who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going?

I would try to touch and tackle those various questions every one of us has been struggling with in this article. So stick around, get comfortable, grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and read along.

                                                                                    WHO AM I?

This is a question about identity which we have all struggled with at one stage of our lives and which some of us are still struggling with. The “Who am I” question is one which disturbs every human. Rich or poor, black or white, male or female and it is one which needs to be answered and understood as quick as possible. This is very necessary because you cannot value yourself if you do not know yourself, and nobody else would value you if you do not value you.

                                “You cannot value yourself if you do not know yourself, and nobody else would value you if you do not value you.”

Question: how do I then get to know who I am?

Answer: Ask the manufacturer!

As a child, I pondered this same question a lot. Until one rainy Thursday afternoon, haven just gotten back from school, I ran to my mother’s room filled with so much excitement and zest. My mother was having her nap at the time and she hates to be disturbed when asleep, but I didn’t care. I just kept tapping her until she got up. With a broad grin on my face, I said to her “I’ve finally got it mummy, I know where we came from.”  Still looking perplexed, she asked “Where?” I gave her a minute to make sure she was fully awake, and then I answered “we evolved from apes, mummy!” I earlier had a class on evolution in school but I guess my answer didn’t impress my mother in any way. If anything, it actually alarmed her and the next thing I saw was she getting out her huge bible and taking me through the story of creation.

                We got to Genesis 1:26-28 and she wanted me to read it out loud so I would not only hear the words, but it would sink into my very soul. It would be nice if you do the same in order to fill the power of God’s word

                26. Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

                27. So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

                28. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

From that point on, not only did I realise that I came from the creator, but that I was also created in His image and made to be like Him. How cool is that? “I have God flowing through my veins?” I asked “Yes, you do!” “So what does that mean?” I asked again. “It means you are a child of God, it means God’s very Spirit lives within you so there is absolutely nothing you cannot do. All you have to do is have faith in God and believe in yourself.”

The scriptures say:

                Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. – Ephesians 3:20

Now, this is the identity of every human being on the face of the earth but sadly, the devil has done a good job in blinding us to the truth about our very existence. We were created in God, by God, for God and to be like God. But how do you know the truth if you do not know the One who is the Truth Himself

                The Scriptures say:

                “My people are being destroyed because they do not know me.” (Hosea 4:6a)

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                “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

To answer the question of “How to know who we are” I answered “Ask the manufacturer!” because at the end of the day, nobody knows a product better than the one who made the product, the manufacturer! God is our manufacturer and we are His products. In fact, He calls us His masterpiece. Would you believe that?!

                “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  (Ephesians 2:10)

Knowledge of who God is automatically ensures we have knowledge of ourselves. Then we begin to see what God sees in us and also say what God says about us. Today, this is what the Lord says about you…

He Says:

  • You are handsome/beautiful
  • You are smart
  • You count
  • You are a Success
  • You can do all things
  • You are great
  • You are a child of God

Say these words to yourself at every given opportunity because words are indeed powerful having the ability to create and destroy. Never forget that you are very valuable to God and He has planted us as lights to reflect His glory in this dark world.

                You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

(Matthew 5:14)

This is the word for you today. Until next time, we’d talk about the other questions which need to be answered in order to fulfil purpose’. Thank you and God bless.

                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                          

Peace and Holiness

To succeed in life and make it to heaven, you need both vision and action.

Vision is no doubt one of the most powerful force available to man on earth today. Vision gives meaning to life. Action springs out of what we fundamentally desire. Someone once said, “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision is just passing the time. Vision with action can change the world.”

Specifically, what vision, coupled with action is needed to change the world and ensure that we make it to heaven? It is the vision of peace and holiness. We need peace to change the world. Christians are enjoined to follow peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14). The Bible also makes it clear that peace makers shall be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9)

As a Christian, you are expected to live at peace with your neighbours. The first group of neighbours you should be at peace with are your loved ones. These include members of your household or family. Ensure that you live at peace with all members of your nuclear family which includes: your spouse, your children, your parents and your siblings. You should also live peacefully with all members of your extended family, being your uncles and aunties, cousins, nieces and nephews.

You also should endeavor to live peacefully with all members of your family, regardless of their religion and regardless of whether they give you peace of mind or not. It is unscriptural for a Christian to neglect his or her children or aged parents. Take good care of your Children, parents and all your loved ones. Ensure that you give them peace of mind. Another group of people that we should live peacefully with are those living in the same community with us.

Demonstrate true Christianity in your relationship with every member of your neighbourhood. Let them identify the love of God in your utterances and actions. Aside from your loved ones, it is your responsibility to live peacefully with those who are not kindly disposed to you. These includes your persecutors and critics. Endeavour to be at peace with all who despitefully use you.

Additionally, you should pray for peace in your community, nation and the entire world. It is your responsibility to pray for global peace and share the Prince of peace with all the people who are in need of salvation. Be prayerful and active in soul winning, follow-up and discipleship.

It however not enough to follow peace with all men. It is mandatory for you as a child of God to live Holy.

Read: 2 Corinthians 7: 1-2

Action Point: Make peace with your neighbours and all who have offended you.

Not A Coincidence

God uses human agents to bring to pass what he had planned before the foundation of the world.

The meeting between Abigail and David was no accident; God arranged it. David was wise enough to recognise this. You will make a lot of progress in life if you take note of the fact that no meeting with any person is a coincidence.

In Exodus 2:5-10, Pharaoh’s daughter went to bathe in the river at about the same time Moses was placed on it. It is easy for a casual observer to see this as a mere coincidence, but it was God at work in the affairs of men. God planned it because He wanted Moses to be trained in the house of Pharaoh. Fortunately, Pharaoh’s daughter had no child. If She had children, she would have seen adopting Moses as an extra burden.

Also, in 1 Samuel 17:22-23, we have the story of David and Goliath. David arrived at the battlefield at the very moment Goliath showed up to boast as he used to. As it were, the one meant to die met the one who would kill him. This was arranged by God.

In 1 kings 19:15-21, Elisha was busy doing his work when Elijah came passing by. God also arranged this meeting. Through this meeting, their lives were radically transformed.

From time to time, God uses some people to open doors for you and He uses some others to close doors against you.

Revelation 3:7 says,

And to the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia write; These things said He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the key of David, He who Opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens;”

In the case of Nabal and David, David did not even ask God whether he should go and attack Nabal or not. He was so angry that even if God spoke, he would not have heard. God sent Abigail to close the door of revenge against him. This is why you must ensure that you are on the side of God.

As long as you are on His side, you have the assurance that every door shut against you is not good enough for what God is preparing to give you. Through patience, you must also learn to recognise that everyone in your life has been assigned to play one role or the other to bring about the actualization of the plan and purpose of God for your life. Whatever represents Nabal in your life, and whatever stands like Goliath on your road to success, all have their different roles to play. Just ensure you are on the Lord’s side and you can be sure of victory at the end of the day.

Read:

1 Samuel 25:32-35

Prayer Point:

Lord, work out your purpose for my life.

The Blessed Life

There is a divine purpose for sending you to Earth. It is this plan and purpose that will connect you to the blueprint of God for your life. Until this purpose is discovered, you may wander through life without any sense of fulfillment.

A lot of people pass through the world like an ant: unnoticed and unknown. This is because they fail to understand the plan and programme of God for them. The master plan for your life is in the hands of God. It spells out phase by phase what is expected of you at every given time. This is what gives you clear direction and focus on what to do and what not to do. It gives clear-cut direction on what can make your life a blessing indeed.

To have a blessed life means prosperity, excellence and extra-ordinary breakthroughs. Abraham is a true example of what a blessed life is. His life reveals what it means to be a blessing. He became a blessing because he discovered God’s purpose for His life and pursued it (Genesis 12:1-3). The moment your life becomes an instrument of blessing other lives, there is no way you will not record outstanding successes.

It is clear to all and sundry that Jesus lived a blessed life. He came to the world and died on the cross for the salvation of humanity. Today, you and I are called children of God because of that sacrifice.

There is no one who can enjoy a blessed life while living a double-standard life. You cannot be a channel of blessing if your life is not right with God. You need to be reconciled with your maker. You need to be at peace with God before you can begin to taste His wonderful grace. Having a blessed life implies a life that is totally surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ. The life of Jesus is a blessing because through His Name, the sick are healed, the barren becomes fruitful, deliverance is given to the captive and innumerable miracles happen on a daily basis.

The steps to living in the realm of a blessed life revolve around having a mind of Christ. With the mind of Christ, you will be able to make a positive lasting change in the world. You must embrace a life of humility. True humility and the fear of the Lord lead to riches, honour and long life (Proverbs 22:4). Humility is a virtue that is expected to be seen in a life that wants to be blessed. When you are humble, you achieve greater feats. Jesus became obedient unto death. To have a blessed life, you must be willing to die daily; this means your self-will is subjected to the will of the Master on a daily basis.

Read:

Isaiah 45:1-3

Prayer Point:

Oh Lord, move me from the minimum level of life to the maximum you designed for me.

FREEDOM

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” – John 8:32

Freedom is generally defined as the power of self-determination attributable to the will. It is the power to act, speak or think as you want without hindrance, constraint or restriction.

However, the freedom that Jesus promised is freedom in which a man is set free from the power of the devil, sin, sickness, poverty and failure. It is freedom that is in the possession of born-again children of God who have been liberated through the blood of Christ.

It is a freedom that doesn’t rule out obedience to the commandments of God and submission to the will of God.

This freedom is a freedom of choice: a choice to submit to Jesus and follow Him all the days of our lives; a choice to live a holy and righteous life, and a choice to reject the devil, his demonic activities and their influence in our lives.

There are lots of misconceptions about the freedom that Jesus promised his followers. It is definitely not an invitation to lawlessness of self-will as some Christians suppose. The freedom Jesus promised comes through strict obedience to the word of God and it’s conditions.

Jesus says, if you continue in His word, you will come face to face with the truth, and the truth in the word of God will then set you free (John 8:31-32).

This passage was written for believers. Anyone that is yet to believe and trust in the Lord Jesus May find this principle of freedom promised by our Lord Jesus very difficult to understand.

This freedom comes as a natural response to the grace of God; it is not a system that forces anyone to live in any particular way.

The submission and commitment of Christians to Jesus is simply out of love and appreciation for what God did for us. However, anyone who claims to be a Christian, and yet finds it difficult to accept the freedom offered by our Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving, is only a pretender. James 1:25 says:

But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

The concept of freedom is not easy to understand. It offers us freedom from religious systems, the devil, sin, unrightiousness, self and demonic powers.

The Spirit guides us and leads us to make required sacrifices, but these sacrifices are for our own gain. We strive to make these sacrifices consciously and willingly out of love and appreciation for our salvation of our soul. This is the freedom of the Spirit offered by Jesus Christ to anyone who wants to be free from the devil and his works.

Read:

John 8:31-36

Prayer Point:

Father, please let the truth of your word continue to make me free, in Jesus’ Name.

The Light Of The World

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” – John 8:12

Darkness is the partial or total absence of light. It is a place of confusion, secrecy or mystery. Darkness stands for lack of spiritual or intellectual enlightenment, and represents wickedness or evil.

Children of God must have nothing to do with darkness. Moreover, light is the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. Light is a source of illumination and it represents a condition of spiritual awareness. It liberates and gives direction. Light reveals.

Every true child of God must seek to have the light of God – Jesus is the light of God. Jesus declared in John 8:12 that: “I am the light of the world, he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” He was actually making a very important statement that has it’s roots in the spiritual realm.

Light and darkness both have physical manifestations, but they have their roots in the Spirit realm. The book of Genesis opened with darkness upon the face of the deep, and the first thing God did was to replace the darkness with light by the power of His Word. The work of creation could not proceed until there was light.

Jesus used the concept of “following the light” to minister to Jews because it was a concept they could not relate with. When God brought them out of Egypt, He led them through the wilderness with a Pillar of fire by night so that they could travel far whenever the need arose (Exodus 13:21). Jesus used this to clearly illustrate that He alone can offer security, illumination and meaning in this dark world we live in.

Jesus as the light of the world offers life, revelation, grace, peace, understanding and spiritual awakening to those who are lost in the dark. I pray that everyone who is confused or lost in the darkness of this world will receive illumination and the revelation of the Lord Jesus today, in Jesus’ Name.

The Bible while talking about the brevity of time in John 12:35-36 says:

Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.” After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.”

Therefore, time waits for no man; tomorrow May be too late. Today is the day of salvation; come to the light of Jesus today.

Prayer Point:

Dear Father, You are the light of the world. Let the light of your gospel shine in every heart, community and nation, in Jesus’ Name.

GRACE

He gave a deep glance at the defendant. His eyes filled with so much compassion, but justice had to be served. After reading all the charges against the accused, he passed his verdict. Death! The suspect was guilty.
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Being led out of the courtroom and directly to the execution ground, various thoughts flashed through my mind. “This is it! This is the end! No way out of this.” My soul burning with so much shame, regret and fear. Yes, I committed those crimes, but it was out of ignorance; I was naive. What i would give for a second chance. But it doesn’t matter now, it’s over.
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At the full glare of everyone, the criminal was blindfolded and tied to a pole awaiting the executioner and his troops.
Later on, we could hear the steps of commandos marching towards the ground having only one intention.
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Hearing the marching sound of the soldiers brought me back to reality. These were my final moments.
The Executioner gave the call: “READY….. AIM…… WAIT!”
WAIT??? … What’s going On? I thought to myself. Nobody seemed to be saying anything. At this point, the silence became deafening…
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“You are free to go” said the one who was getting me untied. “Why?” I asked, “The Judge! He wants to take your place”
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I stood and watched In horror as a man who I never knew, loved me enough to take my place and die for a crime I was justly guilty of. It didn’t make sense, but he did it. Took all bullets with the first going directly to His heart.
Now, I am a free man because of that great judge.
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“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow, not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” – Rom. 8:38
#Grace #Hope #Sacrifice #RecklessLove #Mercy #Faith
Written by: Samuel Marshall

The Reason for the Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 (NLT)

Hello Friends,

Have you ever wondered about what actually happened during the Pentecost? If you are wondering what the Pentecost is, well this was the day when the followers of Jesus, the Apostles finally received the person of the Holy Spirit who was promised to them by Jesus before He ascended to heaven. Today, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is still active, continuing the works Jesus started in order to foster the fulfilment of the will of God till the end arrives.

 According to scriptures, when the Holy Spirit arrived, the apostles were said to be given the ability to speak in various non-Jewish languages. Why did that happen? Well, we explain reasons behind that miracle and its significance to the New Testament church of Christ.  Enjoy! 😊

The coming of the Holy Spirit:

“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.

Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.

They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages…”

  • Acts 2:1-8 (NLT)

Question:

Were the believers actually speaking in other tongues?

Answer:

Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. ” (Acts 2:3-4)

    According to Acts 2:4, “THEY BEGAN SPEAKING IN OTHER LANGUAGES as the Spirit enabled them to speak.” So they didn’t speak just one language (tongue), but various as the Spirit enabled them.

Question:

Why then did that happen? Isn’t praying in the Holy Ghost strictly Spiritual and shouldn’t be understood in Human Reasoning except the Holy Spirit grants understanding and interpretation?

Answer:

  • This happened to serve as a sign to the gentiles that God is now living among Men in the form of the Holy Spirit.
  • This also happened to serve as proof that the world has finally been reconnected to God through the Holy Spirit because of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Finally, it served as a sign to assure the gentiles that God is for the world. Jesus died for the World and not for the Jews alone (John 3:16)

  According to the scripture (Acts 2:11), “They all could hear them speaking in their own language about the great things that God has done “. They heard the Gospel in their own language

… But others made fun of the believers, saying ‘These people are drunk!’ “– Acts 2:13  

Question:

Who were these other set of mockers?

Answer:

According to Acts 2: 14-15, Peter talking to the “Mockers”, stated;

 “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me and let me tell you what this means”.

So He then explained to the Jews who didn’t understand how the disciples spoke different languages from theirs.

Note:

  • If the believers had proclaimed the gospel in a Heavenly tongue, then both Jews and non-Jews (Gentiles) present there would have agreed that these people were indeed drunk
  • If they had spoken in their native tongue, then it wouldn’t have made any impact on the people.
  • God designed it to happen that way so the targeted audience, the Gentiles would realize that God was indeed with these people and anybody could now access God’s presence

It was a Sign!

It is very important to note that through out history, whenever the Lord visits the World with the purpose of redemption, He comes with various signs and wonders in order to bare testament of Himself.  

    According to scriptures, the God kind ( Father, Son and Holy spirit )  visited earth with the sole purpose of Redemption and Restoration of man with great signs to prove that He is indeed The Great Jehovah, The God of all impossibilities ( Gen. 18:14, Jer. 32:27, Luke 1:37)

Sign 1:

   God the Father, Coming to redeem the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt.

   Text: Exodus 4:1-9

According to the text, God showed His chosen servant Moses some signs to PROVE to the Israelite that indeed He has heard their cries and had decided to redeem them from the bondage of Egypt.

In one of the signs according to the book of Exodus 4:3-5

“The Lord said, ‘Throw it on the ground’ when Moses threw it down, it turned into a big snake, and he ran away from it.

Then the Lord said to Moses ‘reach down and pick it up by the tail’ so Moses reached down and caught it and it became a walking stick again.

The Lord said ‘do this to PROVE to the Israelite that the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to you’ “

         Note: Egypt is symbolical to a land of sin and separation

Sign 2:

      The Coming of Jesus to redeem the World from the bondage of sin.

Text: Luke 12:8-12

According to this text, An Angel of the Lord appeared to some shepherds, sharing the news of our Savior’s birth and also giving them a sign to PROVE that the one they see is the chosen Messiah of the world.

  “And this is what will PROVE it to you: you will find a baby wrapped In cloths and lying in a manger”

       -Luke 12:11-12

Sign 3:

     The coming of the Holy Spirit to reconnect the Spirit of man with God.

   Text: Acts 2:1-21

According to the text, this was PROOF to show that the prophecies of the Prophet Joel had begun to manifest.

     “This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out My Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see visions and your old men will have dreams.”   (Joel 2:28-32)

Question:

   Why did God choose the day of the Jewish Pentecost (shavuot) to send the Holy Spirit?

Answer:

   The Pentecost or Shavuot festival (feast of weeks) is one of the Biblically based Pilgrimage holiday known as “Shalosh Regalim”. It is associated with the grain harvest in the Torah

  In other words, the Pentecost was a “Pilgrimage Holiday” were everyone who practices Judaism from every corner of the world both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) alike came together to celebrate the festival.

Final words

    It should be safe to put in mind that even as God dwelt in the tents and temple of the Israelites for a certain period and Christ Jesus also dwelt among men for a given period, the Holy Spirit is currently living with us but also for a certain period of time.

     Very soon, He would have to return to God. But the good news is, He wouldn’t be going back alone, but with the sons and daughters of God who had died and are raised with Christ our Lord Jesus.

     In that Glorious moment, we would be snatched away from this world filled with darkness, chaos and sin. Together with those who had already died in Christ and we all would be united with our Savior for all eternity. Hallelujah! (1 Thessalonians 4:1:18)

     Till then, we wait, we watch and we continue to work with our Lord and Savior in re-establishing His kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven.

Thank You very much for your time, and may the Grace of Our Lord, Father and soon coming King Jesus Christ, be with all His people, from Now till forever more. God bless!

                                                                                                                                    

  • Bible Reference:
  • The Good News Translation (GNT)
  • The New Living Translation (NLT)

STORY TIME

         The Audacious Faith of a Servant

            …. From the marriage at Cana Story (John 2:1-11)

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1)

Going through bible history, there were stories of various men and women who showed unusual faith in God and therefore forever inscribed their names in the sands of time. Some of the most common tales include:

  • Abraham: The Old Testament tells the tale of man largely regarded to all Christians as the father of faith. Commanded by God to lead his family to the promised land of Canaan with the promise that if he does so, his descendants will become a great and numerous tribes.  His obedience, as well as that of his children and grandchildren, is severely tested as they prove their faith to God.
  • Ruth: The story of Ruth is a story of challenge, loyalty and faith. The Old Testament tells a story of a Moabite woman who was the newly widowed daughter-in-law of Naomi, who was also experiencing great sadness at the loss of her husband and two sons. Ruth shows great courage by leaving behind all she knew in complete loyalty to Naomi. At the end, God who is faithful compensated both she and Naomi for their loss.
  • Daniel: The life of Daniel provides a clear example of a man who had total devotion to God and was faithful to Him even in the face of life threatening trials.  

We could go on and on talking about more people and their various adventures, but there is a different story we would like to share. An account on an event which begun the ministry of a man who started the biggest revolution ever recorded in history.   

The Wedding at Cana

In a small village called Cana, right in the middle of Galilee, there lived a certain man named Micah. He was famous and influential among the villagers due to the nature of his job which was basically event planning and coordinating. There were no events in or around the village that he wasn’t handling, from weddings to birthdays and even funerals, he was always the man for the job having an enviable pedigree of successful performance in his catalogue and with more than twenty years of experience, you could understand why he was the regular preference.

                One evening, Micah was relaxing outside his house, watching the sun set and sipping his favorite brew while reflecting on how his day went when one of his servants walked into the house with a message from one of the most prominent people in the city of Galilee.

 “There is going to be a wedding and they would love you to handle It.” the servant said.

“What a way to end the day, another opportunity to make even more money” Micah thought to himself obviously excited about the message and having a sense of pride and fulfilment. He acknowledged the servant and from there on began preparation for the wedding.

                Now, this wasn’t like any other wedding Micah had coordinated. In fact, this was the biggest he’s ever had the opportunity of working on. Two of the biggest families in the country were about to tie the knot and he had been given a great responsibility of making sure it all goes according to plan. The success of this celebration would assure him of financial security and giving the calibre of people attending, it gives him the opportunity to make more contacts with top personalities in the country. Whereas, failure would pretty much mean the end for him.  But giving his acquaintance with this line of work, he was brimming with faith in his abilities to deliver.  

                Weeks went by and finally, the day was here. As expected, it was a huge event attended by people from both lower and higher echelon. A certain middle aged woman named Mary, who was mother to a young evangelist called Jesus and his disciples, was also in attendance.

                The event got going with the newly wedded couple being excited about their journey into hopeful marital bliss, their parents were occupied welcoming various leaders in society to the high table while the master of ceremony kept the celebrants and everyone in attendance entertained. The atmosphere was electrifying; everybody seemed to be in high spirit and seemingly satisfied with the amount of service rendered to them by Micah and his team of servants. There were foods and drinks everywhere; this was indeed the merriment of the season. Things looked to be going according to plan which was encouraging to Micah who was zealously making sure it ends that way, until the unexpected happened.

Micah was busy ensuring there would be enough space for more guest who were still being expected to come when one of his servants walked quivering towards him with perspiration written all over his face. “Sir, we have a problem” those were the very words the servant whispered into Micah’s ear.

Taking him to the side, Micah asked, “What is it?” Hoping it would be something he could solve at the moment.

“The master of ceremony requests that the guests at the high table who just arrived be served drinks, but we just realised we are out of wine” the servant said. “How can this be?” Micah thundered which got the attention of the women who were having a conversation at some distance close to where both men were standing.

                Mary being one of the women sensed there could be some serious problems, walked up to the men and asked, “What’s wrong?”

 Micah being too embarrassed about what was actually happening, and fearing the worst that could possibly happen at a wedding of this magnitude, retired to a nearby bench in order to gather his thoughts together as to what the next plan would be. The servant on the other hand, being left alone with Mary, felt the obligation to narrate what had been going on to her.

                At that point, Mary realized that there was indeed a serious problem which required an urgent solution. They needed a miracle.

                 During this period of total shock and confusion as to how something like this could happen, Mary had a brief recollection of an encounter she had about thirty one years ago, when an angel of the Lord approached and said to her “you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the son of the most high. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David, and he will reign over Israel forever; His kingdom will never end!”

                Even as she thought about the encounter before the birth of her son, she also remembered the strange visitations after his birth. Moments after her son was birthed, some shepherds walks into the manger worshipping her new born as the King of the Jews and also explaining to her and her then fiance, Joseph on how Heaven’s angelic host appeared to them, announcing the birth of the messiah and also praising God, saying.

                “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased”

What about the visit of the mysterious men, who claimed to have come from the east bringing with them gifts befitting for a King. She thought

                Mary said to the servant “call some of your colleagues and come with me.” The servant did as she said and they followed her.

                Sitting in the centre section of the wedding hall was Jesus and his four friends (Peter, Andrew, Philip and Nathaniel) who were also regarded as his disciples. They were discussing the future plans of their new found ministry when Jesus mother, Mary cuts into their conversation, trying to pass a message across to her son.

 “They have no more wine” she said, which pretty much sounded hysterical to the disciples of Jesus. “That couldn’t be possible” they said to themselves, but Jesus knew his mother was serious and then, he said, “dear woman, that’s not our problem… my time has not yet come.”  But his mother was having none of that. Looking at the more confused servants, she said “do whatever he tells you.”   

                Jesus wanted to know if there were any vessels they could use for keeping the wine and the servants showed him six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing and each of them could hold twenty to thirty gallons. “Fill the jars with water” Jesus commanded. When the jars had been filled with water, he said “now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremony.

                Micah on the other hand, already conceded defeat and was envisaging on what the future would hold for him after this marriage disaster which was almost inevitable, saw the interactions between Mary, Jesus and the servants but was curious to what was happening.

                On hearing what had transpired between the servants and Mary’s Son, he almost had a heart attack realising that the master of ceremony and high guests were about to be served water. “This must be the end” he said to himself not just to his illustrious career he laboured to build, but most certainly his life. He definitely didn’t see himself living through the shame, insult and possible assault. “What was this Jesus of a man thinking? Why would he even attempt to serve the high guests water? He certainly must have had too much to drink.” Those were the thoughts going through Micah’s mind as the servant followed Jesus’ instructions and served the master of ceremony.

                The tension was so evident on Micah and his servants, but nobody understood why they looked so petrified. They were obviously oblivious to what had been happening.

                When the master of ceremony tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from, he called the bridegroom over and said, “A host always serves the best wine first, then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

                Not believing his ears, Micah ran straight to the jars which had been filled with water from which the master of ceremony had been served, but was astonished by what he saw, the jars were filled with wine. “How did this happen?” he thought to himself. Still in doubt, he took a cup and tasted it for himself, it was wine indeed.

                Calling one of the servants, he asked, “Who exactly is that man?” pointing at Jesus while gulping down the remaining contents in his cup, relieving the anxiety and stress he once had some few minutes ago. “His name is Jesus, and he is a Nazarene” the servant replied.

 “What manner of man is this Jesus” Micah said to himself.

                This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

Lesson:

It took the audacious faith of Mary to believe that her son who is the Lord could do the impossible, and the obedience of the servants to carry out a task that looked and sounded foolish in other to save the marriage.

                Another great thing to note is that aside from the people involved in the miracle, everyone else was ignorant that a great miracle took place. This makes me wonder, how many miracles and battles the Lord has fought and is fighting on our behalf of which we are ignorant of.

The Bible says:

                                “He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber

                                  Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

                                                                 The Lord Himself watches over you!

                                                The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.”

  –                Psalm 121:3-5

This story was written to encourage anyone who is being beaten down by life and you are at the brink of giving up on God and yourself. Do not lose hope, help is coming, you are not alone.

The Lord has promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He feels your pains, He understands your struggles. The storms we may be going through right now isn’t meant to break us, but to recreate us into a beautiful tasting new wine perfectly prepared by the master and served to the world for His glory. 

I love you and God bless you.

Wait on the Lord.

Monday Motivation

Though it hurts and feels like you won’t get pass the pain…

Though it looks like all hope is lost…

Though you’ve been knocked down more times than you can ever remember….

Wait on the Lord! God knows!

Nothing ever caught Him by surprise.

All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Jesus said, “What is the price of two sparrows- One copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

Do Not Quit on God!

Do Not Quit on Yourself!

Daddy is Coming!

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31