You are God’s chosen vessel. Ephesians 2: 10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” You are God’s battle axe. There is so much greatness within you that you are not even aware of just because you have never really tried to put the grace of God upon your life to work. Yes! Many are living the substandard life and are experiencing dismal results because they will not or have withdrawn their partnership with God.
In the book of 2Samuel 11: 1- 2, it is written, “And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.” The rest of the chapter goes on to let us know of how David, filled with lust had the lady brought into the palace where he had carnal knowledge of her. He then went ahead to order the death of her husband to hide his sin when the lady became pregnant.
This singular action of David, the man described in 1Samuel 13: 14 as ‘a man after God’s own heart’ became the smear upon his holy and righteous integrity till this day. God led Nathan to go unto David to let him know that what he did in secret was known unto God and that “… the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife” (2Sa 12:10). This brought untold tragedies, which we cannot go into now, into David’s family. From then on, whenever the obedience of David was to be mentioned, it was clearly stated that it would have been hundred percent if not for the issue of his sin with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. 1Kings 15:5 puts it this way, “Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite”.
The thing to note here is that, all this started when David sat at home at a time he was supposed to be serving God on the battle field. David’s life teaches us not to use God’s time for pleasures. Jeremiah makes it clear in Jeremiah 48:10- “Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood”.
You see, we need to realise that we have been created and called unto His service. No matter how hard you have been working with and for God, you must know that it is a full time job. There is actually no room for leave or to go off duty, for the bible says in 1Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”. This means that we don’t have the time to spend on ourselves and our lusts. Everything we are or get to be a part must have a God-glorifying end.
We must realise that there is seriousness in the scripture which says that there is a time for everything under the sun. You can’t stay at home on a Sunday morning to attend service online by watching gospel channels when you have the ability to go to your local assembly. That is demonic. I can assure you that the devil will soon tempt you to turn to a useless channel where your life can be ruined forever. The bad channel is just a click away but if you are in a physical church, I do not see the demon that will tell you to rise up to go outside to see if you can locate the nearest beer parlor. As good as watching Christian channels may be, you will be behaving like David if you choose it above going to your local assembly on a Sunday morning.
The above just proves to us that some good things can become bad. You cannot be relaxing with a bottle of Coke when you ought to go for evangelism. Even as a student, you must not allow God’s service time to clash with your reading timetable.
This is November. It is our Church Conference season. It is a time when we specially go to war. It is the time for church planting and establishing the saints. It is a time to be on the field for the harvest of souls.
The question is, will you be on the field or will you be in the comfort of your house, claiming to be praying for those on the field? Will you be on the field or will you only give a few Naira notes to buy fuel for those going? If you cannot be on the field, will you be at home watching politicians on the news and Super Story or will you be actively praying for those on the field? If you can go and will go, will you just go to see the sights and sounds or will you go to make an impact?
It is a time to labour for the master and everyone including YOU must do something tangible. I trust God for your life that you will go and not just to go, but to go in God’s full armour to embarrass the enemy and take over territories for God. I trust God that you will spend your money and be spent also in prayers while those who go, go.
One thing I know already is this; as “…the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name” (Lu 10:17), we will also return from all the various conferences in December with joy, not only because the devils are defeated but because our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life and are all heavenly bound in Jesus name.