DON’T BUY INTO EXCUSES THAT YOU HAVE NO TIME FOR GOD! Since you keep serving God in unhealthy condition, making excuses, using your work, business, and whatever, are you richer than who? ‘Ifeanyi A.C Eze said, “Excuses is the cheapest commodity in a market place, both buyers and sellers are stranded in life.
It quite understanding that through baptism, we are adopted in Christ Kingdom and become a family member of God with assignment to establish Gods kingdom on earth with his culture. It gets me thinking when those who have baptised, adopted and become a member of Christ family are using their mouths, which they supposed to use to establish the kingdom, are talking and standing negative to give wound or extra knife-cut to the body of Christ. While some are on excuses. But my question is, is the purpose of God for us on earth to establish his kingdom? The Answer is that “yes, It is” and that is why He gave us different types of gift to decorate the earth and make it a better place to live.
Why are you buying into excesses? “Purpose is more important to God than the plans you have in your heart”. The day you understand this phrase, your life will change because there is only two important days in your life. The day you were worn and the day you know why!
Excuses get you out of things without taking ownership. They lay blame elsewhere and give you a reason to feel okay about skirting responsibility, taking shortcuts, or even simply being lazy as a mother of procrastination. Excuses are active in all of our lives. Some use them blatantly while others engage in such small ways they don’t even recognize it. Making excuses has become so common to everyday life that it’s almost routine like brushing teeth and bathing.
Here is what I mean, if you always go to God’s presence and later stop and go only in a while. You will definitely no longer be the same. And as long as you keep shying away, your roots or your intimacy will be diminishing. But as long as you keep remaining in God’s presence, your roots or intimacy will be deeper. God don t care about your genuine excuses, what he will say is you are far from me or you no longer love me as before. (Consider Rev2:4) Human beings are stubborn. Eden means God’s presence and that is where God place man to be having communion with him after creation but we always like to walk away.
Fish can’t go out of water; tree can’t go out the soil. No matter the excuses of Fish, if it goes away from water! The fish will die. No matter the good reason of the Tree, if it goes out from the soil, it will die! Do you want to die? Go back to Eden! No one is after you! Nothing is after you! You are out of your source! No seed can succeed outside its source. Kindly go back to God and deep your roots by forming intimacy with Him.
This story will portray this topic and motivate you to come back to your senses.
Neil Orchard was talking with a farmer about his soy bean and corn crops. Rain had been abundant, and the results were evident. So his comment surprised him, my crops are especially vulnerable. Even a short drought could have a devastating effect. “Why?” Orchard asked. He explained that while we see the frequent rains as a benefit, during that time the plants are not required to push roots deeper in search of water. The roots remain near the surface. A drought would find the plants unprepared and quickly kill them. Some Christians receive abundant “rains” of worship, fellowship, and teaching and call after baptism. Yet when stress enters their lives, many suddenly abandon God or think of Him as unfaithful, their roots have never pushed much below the surface. Bottom line is, only roots grown deep into Jesus Christ help us endure times of drought in our lives. But remember this, unless you work according to God’s purpose in your life, you will be like someone that is missing your way. Forming intimacy with God will help you to discover his purpose for you. God never call anybody through someone, He calls direct. You only need a mentor to guide you on the direction you are going, and that should someone that has done what you to do.
Consider these twelve tips as a way to establish God’s Kingdom and his culture. The purpose of God for you may not be ministering in the pulpit but in whatever purpose you are fulfilling, there is a away to evangelise good news to establish God’s Kingdom on earth and to influence people with culture of heaven.
Pray, plan, Accept, Understand, Be faithful, and Take Action /Risk. Prepare, Look, Love, Fear, Stop, Consider.
Prayer is a Spiritual oxygen, no Christian survive outside prayer. We aquire grace to perform or generate good ideas through prayer. we undertake everything in our own power. We attempt to leave God out of it.
Inability to plan brings about failure, “I’m busy with other good things. Those other things are legitimate ways for me to spend my time. A good thinker is a good planner. War is not win in battle filed, but in a planning room.
To fight such excuses, we can plan to make time to build relationships with God or to put ourselves in positions where we know we’ll be able to talk with non-Christians. We plan for so many less important things, why not plan for our speaking engagement?
We have to accept that this is our job when we discover our purpose. E;g if a writer don’t search for knowledge by reading hard, what can he write?. Uninspired book! If a singer don’t learn new songs, he or she will soon expire, we have to realize and admit how we’ve been dodging our duty and adjust ourselves to accept responsibility.
Part of our failure is not taking God’s work as priority. Not to bring good news to the poor comes from lack of understanding. God uses not so much gifts for evangelism but the faithfulness of thousands and millions of Christians who would never say evangelism is their gift. Your conclusion that you are not gifted for a particular task does not absolve you of responsibility to obey. You may conclude that evangelism is not your gift, but it is still your duty. Not having the gift of mercy in no way excuses us from being merciful. All Christians are to exercise mercy; some will be particularly gifted to do this in special ways at certain times, but all are to be merciful. You have to understand that if you are saved and your salvation is not saving others something is wrong.
I was in the church last Sunday mass 16th sep 2018 and after the gospel reading, I generate insights that Faith is action in good work. Outside that it is self-property or a theological jargon. Perhaps we need to rebalance our allegiances. Maybe we are too polite to be faithful to God in this area. Maybe we are more concerned about people’s response than God’s glory. Maybe we are more concerned about their feelings than God. God does not like having his truth suppressed, and that’s what the non-Christian is doing (Rom. 1:18). Good manners are no excuse for unfaithfulness to God, but we have too often used them so.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn
Related to being faithful is being willing to risk. Let’s obey, even when we are not exactly sure of the response. Maybe you don’t talk to people the good news sometimes because you’re shy. You don’t really enjoy talking to others that much, especially about things that may upset them. It seems tiring and dangerous. Maybe you would rather let someone else, someone who seems more comfortable in doing that. Risk tankers are the world changers.
Private Preparation determines public manifestation! Lack of private preparation produces public ridicule!
E;g Instead, we could prepare ourselves by knowing the gospel, working on our own humility, and studying more. Just as we might plan to have time, so we might prepare to be able to use the opportunity well when it comes. Benjamin Franklin said, by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Have you ever prayed for something and then been surprised when it comes? I know I have. And I guess that means I really must not have been expecting God to answer that prayer request. It may be the same with opportunities.
Maybe I’ve prayed for opportunities but then not really looked for them. Perhaps I’ve been careless when they’ve come. The way I’ve been careless can vary. Sometimes I don’t see the opportunities because I’m busy. Or maybe I’m too tired. Perhaps I’ve used up all my energy on entertaining myself, or working, or business
Maybe my neglect of opportunities is more habitual. Maybe I’m lazy, caring more that I not be hassled or hurried. Maybe, when it comes right down to it, I’m simply selfish. I don’t see the opportunities because I’m unwilling to be inconvenienced. I guess that means that I am, finally, apathetic. We must not only close our eyes in prayer for opportunities, but we must then open our eyes to see them.
We are called to love others. And that is the greatest attribute of God. Let us keep love in our heart. Its love that gives meaning to life and life without Love is meaningless.
We should also fear. But our fear should be directed not to man but to God. Because fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom; when we don’t share the gospel, we are essentially refusing to live in the fear of the Lord. When we take pleasure in evil; we are refusing to live in fear of God. Shying away from God’s presence will make you taking pleasure in what God hate. We are not regarding him or his will as the final and ultimate rule of our actions. To fear God is to love him. When the One who is our all-powerful creator and judge is also our merciful redeemer and saviour, then we have found the perfect object for the entire devotion of our heart. And that devotion will lead us to share this good news about him with others. We should pray that God will grow in us a greater love and fear of him.
We should stop blaming God. We should stop excusing ourselves on the basis that God is sovereign. We should not conclude from his omnipotence that our obedience is therefore pointless.
We should instead read from the Word that God will call a great number to himself from every tribe, tongue, and nation, which will encourage us. It encouraged Paul in Corinth when he was discouraged (see Acts 18). Again, if you will realize that conversion always accompanies proclaiming the gospel and the Spirit’s work, then you will stop trying to do the Spirit’s work, and you will give yourself to proclaiming the gospel. Just because we don’t know everything doesn’t mean we don’t know anything! We can’t answer all the questions of how God’s sovereignty and human responsibility fit together, but we can certainly believe that they do. It was Paul who wrote one of the clearest biblical passages about God’s sovereignty (Romans 9) and then went on to write one of the most pointed biblical passages about man’s responsibility in evangelism (Romans 10). He certainly believed both these things to be true. So who are we to blame God for our sinful silence?
The writer of Hebrews said, “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb. 12:3). When we don’t sufficiently consider what God has done for us in Christ—the high cost of it, what it means, and what Christ’s significance is we lose the heart to the Kingdom assignment. Our hearts grow cold, our minds grow smaller (more taken up with passing concerns), and our lips fall silent.
Consider that God has loved us as he has. Consider that God is glorified by our telling others of this amazing love of his. Or doing kingdom assignment, and consider that instead of gossiping about God’s goodness and the gospel, we engage in a conspiracy of silence. We reveal ourselves as being cold to God’s glory. We should fuel the flame of love toward God within us, and the flame of gratitude and of hope. A fire so enflamed by God will have no trouble igniting our tongue. As Jesus said, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34). Don’t forget our character and good work can be our mouth.
Finally, don’t think there is enjoyment outside Christ. There is not and never can be