Last week we were able to delve deeper into what I termed Distress-alarm implying fear.We agreed that we all have a dominating type of fear but as long as we own up to God,then we are no longer slaves to fear because He has given us a spirit of sonship not of fear and perfect love casts out fear.A big thank you to everyone who read,liked,commented and shared the post☺
Do you recall or does the phrase …From dust you are and to dust you shall return,sound familiar?…We hear it in funerals,in church,in songs too…Well,this is an excerpt from scripture in Genesis 3:19.At this point,Adam and Eve had sinned against God and God was addressing Adam,reminding him that he is but dust. I can only imagine a dramatic scenario where God looks at Adam and says, “Hey,don’t take all these possessions I have given you to the head, don’t get too comfortable around here Adam,you will leave them all behind anyway.You are but dust…” 😁
If only we could turn back the hand of time and reverse everything Adam and Eve did at the garden…Imagine this,no death,no pain,no work, no tears…This would have been the picture today. We cannot turn back the hand of time and so as we have always done since we were born,by default, we accepted and moved on.
Is death a given?Yes it is.Someday you and I will not be here.Someday someone will be standing on a pew somewhere eulogising us.Anyhow,the question is not about our being long gone someday,the question is what will we leave behind?…Will we be buried and forgotten or forever remembered for generations,like Paul the Apostle,Nelson Mandela,Martin Lurther and the like?…Will we like Paul be confident enough to say, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain?”(Philippians 1:21)…Do you live with the fear of death dominant in your life?…Remember as children of God we are no longer slaves to fear.Our main concern should be to make a difference each passing day…. Hmmm…sounds cliché. (Oh,well,I have heard this time and again)…And again I say,your greatest fear should not be death,but going to the grave loaded with purpose.
“To young men contemplating a voyage,I would say go.” Joshua Slocum
You have a task to accomplish today?Go do it, do not allow fear to ‘inter-fear’ with your life.We are confident in Christ.Face your fear,throw procrastination out the window and just go as instructed by Joshua Slocum.IT IS TIME.As long as we keep in mind the fact that we are but dust and to dust we shall return,there is that adrenaline rush to find purpose but not just find it but pursue it relentlessly and with enthusiasm. Tomorrow is not promised.Tomorrow is not a given but a gift from God to bring us closer to our purpose,it is a gift from God to right our wrongs and touch a life.That is why every time you and I see another breaking of the day then we should always say,“Thank you Lord for a new day,I will rejoice and be glad in it.” and like David we should always say, “I lay down and slept, I awoke,for the Lord sustained me.”
A gift is not bought or earned.It is graciously given out of generosity and grace.This is what tomorrow is.Gratitude should be a natural response.
I like what Pablo Picasso said one time.He said, “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone…action is the foundational key to success.”
We have a duty to leave a legacy.A legacy so tangible and so powerful that whenever a certain phenomenon or event is mentioned then our names naturally pop up,all for the glory of God. Have you found your purpose?…Are you open enough to allow God to lead you to your purpose?…We are more often than not told that we can only go further with people around us,which is absolutely true.How much more with Gods’ backing?…The sky is not the limit with this one! We need a ‘more of God and less of us mentality’ owning up to the fact that in our own sufficiency we are inefficient unless we subscribe to His sufficiency.
Allow me to share an ancient and timeless story with you…
There was a very powerful man who was passing by a certain city.People heard that he was to pass by the place and so they gathered to see him.In that same town there was a man who was a head tax man,his stature betrayed him because in the midst of that crowd he could not see the powerful man passing by.Instead of resigning and feeling depressed,he decided to climb a tree nearby in order to see this powerful man.The powerful man saw him on a tree and told him, “Hurry down,today is my day to be a guest in your home.” He scrambled out of the tree hardly believing this,delighted to take this powerful man home.
Does the story sound familiar?…The powerful man is Jesus,the city is Jericho and the head tax man is Zacchaeus.This ancient yet timeless story is found in Luke 19:1-5.Reading on you will notice how people grambled at this.The least likely was the one to host Jesus.Wow! In the midst of the crowd,Jesus saw Zacchaeus. His desperation and acceptance of the fact that he actually had a ‘shortcoming’ no pun intended,attracted Jesus to himself. From then on He was transformed.
Like Zacchaeus,we cannot do life on our own.We need Jesus to help us get to where we need to get to.We need Jesus to make something beautiful out of our ‘shortcoming-dusty’ selves.We can Do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).I was discussing this with friends this past Sunday and one of them said, “We are Dusty-dwarfs”… The more we need God.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did do.So throw off the bowlines.Sail away from safe harbour.Catch the trade winds in your sails.Explore.Dream.Discover.
Christ who strengthens us is able to give us courage to throw off the bow lines and sail away from safe harbour.Purpose is then birthed.
My challenge to you today and in the days to come is to,like Zacchaeus reach a point of desperation and acceptance,such that the need for God becomes inevitable.Let go of your idols and replace self-suffeciency with Christ-sufficiency.Only God can help us accomplish our dreams,sail through life’s storms and at the end of it all,leave a legacy that will last for generations.
Is this song a classic?…Oh yes!Don Moen is one of my all time fav worshipers. May this song minister to you.
In the words of Don Moen,pray this prayer with me,
Dear Lord,I need more of you and less of me.Like a grain of wheat that falls to the ground and dies to live a new,all my plans and earthly desires I lay them down to follow you.Thank you Lord.This I pray trusting and believing.
Have an Impactful week ahead.
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