It was an anticipated day at the time of the evening prayer, on 30th December, 2015 in Lagos State, during a prayer session and a deep conversation that followed suite, the Lord led me to the forty-ninth book of Isaiah. It was the Word that would guide my engagements in the coming year (I believe that the word of God guides our activities. It gives us focus and helps us guard against tending distractions). It wasn’t that really cool seeing the demands at first and till now, i still see the demand it places on me. Not just me. But on everyone who desires to tread the paths of relevance; those who want to live purposefully now, and ever!
There are diverse notions about purpose today. Some folks negate it while others affirm its truth. Also among those who affirm it are those having various meaning to it; some are concrete as they align together in thought pattern while others are superficious as they antagonize the truth which the scriptures emphasizes (Ephesians 2:10). Whatever anyone stands to defend, it is certain and clear from scriptures that God desires to reveal His wisdom by the Church to the World. The problem today, is that we think that the gospel has to be preached within the confines of the pulpit and anyone doing anything different is doing wrongly or less important in the scheme of what God is doing in our generation.
However, while it is good to emphasize the gospel on the pulpit, we should know that the bulks of folks who sit in the pews on Sunday (or whatever day they come for fellowship) are not men who stand on the pulpit daily. Many are market place Apostles (I mean they are people who live their lives daily as scientists, business men and women, youth leaders, engineers, farmers, etc… You can name them) and whatever platform they find themselves, they must readily represent God there without fail! Jesus is the message but finds expression in and on different platforms.
Good news!!! You are not mass-produced. You are not an accident. Your coming to earth was well planned and detailed. God had you in mind the whole time. He was, and still is intentional about you.
Basic explanations are done already. Now, it is not enough to know why on earth you are here. it is expedient that you know how to make it count; The basic of what it means to be relevant. I mean, what does relevance entail? The reality of the things you see in God and the expressions you are currently seeing in your life will not tally if you are ignorant of this basic knowledge about relevance that i am about to unveil here.
See Isaiah 49:6 (KJV):
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to RAISE up the tribes of Jacob, and RESTORE the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee a LIGHT for the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my SALVATION unto the end of the earth.
The basics of relevance or purposeful living as you may want to describe it is this;
a. To Israel or the believers (within the household of faith); To Raise and Restore!
b. To the Gentiles or unbelievers (Without the household of faith); To Lighten and Save!
Your life of relevance can be clear and evident if it is like a double-edged sword cutting through both the believers’ circle and the unbelievers’ circle… It isn’t about pastors alone, as long as you are a Christian, you’re in for it. If you don’t do it, you won’t miss heaven, but you’ll miss out on being relevant.
We will continue from here in February when we delve into what is means really to raise and restore. it is not just for lack of Words for scripture- God was and still is, intentional!
Let’s look into God’s plan for the church. He had an intention for creating you on earth, yet He is very thoughtful of placing you in the church… You’re beyond you! Understand these basics.
SALT of the EARTH. LIGHT of the WORLD. selah!!!