Did you help Jesus die on the cross???
Or did you share in His suffering on the way to the cross???
I think we can safely agree that the answer to both questions is a loud and resounding NO.
By dying for us on the cross Jesus ensured that ALL our sins are forgiven.
He also ensured that we have a permanent guarantee of salvation.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross ‘with’ us.
He died on the cross ‘for’ us.
Unfortunately we seem to have developed a rather different kind of Christianity.
One in which we were actually there with Jesus – being nailed to the cross with Him.
One in which we carried our own crosses as we staggered with Jesus to Golgotha.
In-fact we were also whipped by the Roman soldiers at the same time as Jesus was!!!
Hmmm…so why do we behave as if we were?
We have devised our own formulas for earning God’s love – via our own power and our own will.
Unfortunately there is only so far that our own power and will can take us.
I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine about a book called ‘The Secret’.
The question on both our minds was whether this book is God based or not. I went to sleep pondering on this. When I woke up the next morning the answer was clear.
Yes – the universe does have power. However that power stems from God. God created the universe and every drop of power that it has comes from God – not the universe.
In other words let’s not attribute one miliscule of God’s power and glory to the universe or anything else.
God shares His glory with nobody.
He sent His son to die for you so that He can forever be at peace with you.
He then blessed you specifically with unbelievable talents in order for you to serve Him – through His purpose for you.
The peace of mind that He so desperately wants for us is supposed to enable us to quit worrying, in order to focus purely on fulfilling our purpose.
However, as a result of our determination to do it on our own – by our own strengths and formulas – our minds are not at peace enough to focus fully on His purpose for us.
When God asked Solomon what He wanted, Solomon asked for wisdom. God blessed him with a wisdom like no other person on earth. In-fact his was a wisdom so great that rulers from across the planet journeyed thousands and thousands of miles just to witness him in action.
But guess what?
They all knew where the wisdom came from. They all recognised that his wisdom came from God.
In other words the glory was the Lord’s.
Your purpose, the very reason you are still alive, the very reason you are reading this article is for the sake of God’s glory.
This is why I continue to emphasise this important point; and be warned – I will do so over and over and over again.
Your talents are not for your sake or your glory. They are for the sake of God and those around you.
So you are successful and have millions, billions even, in your bank account. You have the best cars and the most amazing houses. But will you be taking them with you when heaven calls?
Maybe I’m wrong but I very much doubt whether an old man/woman on his/her death bed will be lamenting about not having made enough money. I’m pretty sure that the main concern will be whether or not he or she fulfilled their purpose in life, and what kind of legacy they are leaving behind – for the sake of God and others.
The really successful people in the world today didn’t set out to be marvelously wealthy. The wealth naturally followed as a result of their dedication to creating value for others.
Bill Gates wanted to make sure that every home has a computer.
Ford wanted to ensure that every man on the street can afford a car.
These guys were passionate about adding value to people’s lives. They were passionate about serving mankind.
Is it any wonder that Bill Gates has basically taken it upon himself to use his billions to eradicate malaria in Africa?????
Their number one passion is to better people’s lives.
We live in a world which is fast becomming all too much about money money money.
Don’t get me wrong now, I’m not saying that money is not good or that I don’t want any.
Sure I do!
Who doesn’t want comfort???
But an environment in which people will do anything for money can only spell doom.
Sorry people – not trying to make you depressed.
I’m merely trying to wake us up – myself included.
For Nigeria to change we need to think less about ‘money’ and ‘self’ and more about ‘purpose’ and ‘service’.
Helping you identify what your purpose is, and helping you to achieve it.
I have a vision of a Nigeria in which every man is his brother’s keeper.
– helping one another to be the very best they can be -in order to love and serve God, and to love and serve each other
-a Nigeria in which every man and woman has equal opportunity to succeed and prosper, for the sake of each other and for the sake of our country.
Whilst this cannot happen over night or by magic; it can happen over time if we all play our part – by discovering and fulfilling our purpose.
We are all here for a purpose. If we all discover what our purpose is and pursue it with all our hearts / strength and minds, Nigeria will most definitely become the great nation it was always destined to be.
Because it will be a country that is focused on God’s purpose.
The way you are is not by chance.
You are the way you are because God designed you that way.
– To love and serve Him,
– To love and serve others
– To love and serve your country.
If you are reading this article it means that God still has a plan for you.
In other words you still have a wonderful opportunity to fulfill your God given purpose.
God hasn’t given up on you, so why give up on yourself?????