Another miracle has just happened. The fact that you woke up of your own accord and up and about your daily routine is another measure of His faithfulness. To God be the Glory.
However, be it as it may, our God is a wise investor. In the parable of the Talents (Matt 25: 14 - 30), one point very clear is that the Lord desires and rewards increase, growth and progress. Consequently, the fact that you are alive today tells me therefore that you are already a debtor to God. You owe Him growth. The Lord is always looking for growth. You are principally accountable for God's investment in your life.
Interestingly, I also discovered that excuses don't sell with God when it comes to accountability. Mark 11: 12 - 25 records the story of the fig tree. Jesus saw the fig tree having leaves; he expected to find some fruits but there was none. Do you know that the scripture noted also that it was not the season for figs. Yet, the master cursed the fig tree and in verse 20 - the fig tree had dried up in 24 hours. Beloved, notwithstanding that it was not season for fruits - the Lord cursed the tree BECAUSE the Lord loves and always looking for increase, growth, progress and profit. Your God in Heaven desires you profitable. Are you a profitable believer?
This morning, we are considering the topic 'stand up and be counted'. Be counted for your God.
Exo 32: 26 'then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp and said 'whoever is on the Lord's side, come to me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him (Moses).
Isa 6: 8 'Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, here am I, Send me. The spirit of God is always brooding upon the earth, looking for vessels that will be willing to be used. Are you available for the Lord?
Eph 4: 7 - 8 'But unto every one of us is given grace (talents, gifts, specific endowments) according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity caprtive, and gave gifts unto man. Will you allow these gifts to be wasted? Any gift not properly deployed over time diminishes.
Beloved, you are without excuse any longer. From the foregoing, I'm sure you have a strong impression of the mind of God this morning. The fact that you are alive for a purpose. Alive to shine as light. Alive to put to use the gifting of God upon your life. Alive to be a blessings.
Oh you think it is for the Pastors and Workers to use their gifts - oh, how wrong you are. One of the guys who got the least Talent also felt so. What I have is insignificant; it won't make a difference. I will do everything to preserve it instead of losing it. He did not use it and he ended up with regrets. The fig tree got cursed when it was still busy bidding its own time for fruits.
As the year runs to an end, there is need to ask those critical questions - I am a blessing or pain to the Lord? Am I adding value to kingdom business or eroding value? Moses demanded for those on the Lord side. Only one (1) tribe turned up. The rest were either undecided or against the Lord. The painful truth is you are either on the Lord's side (100 percent) or you are complete against him - there's no neutral.
1 Kings 18: 21 'And Elijah came to all the people and said, how long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him but if Baal, follow him. I'm writing this in the spirit of Elijah - how long will you stand in the fence; how long will you hold back the ability of God; how long will you delay the commitment required by God; how long will you stay neutral in the service of the Kingdom? How long will you wait for only a few to do all the available Kingdom business in your local community? How long? When? Can't you see the signs of the times? And if you are already involved, are you going the extra mile?
These are sober moments for reflection and firm decision for the Kingdom. Behold, the Lord is standing by the door of your heart to place a demand upon you....
Dearly beloved, this is your season to let the Lord have His way.
Shalom and Blessings.
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