A few days ago I was planning a little gathering with a few friends. One of them who’s a banker was going to be a bit late cos’ he was called up to work during the public holiday, these are his exact words ‘orders from above….they decide and just send me the mail’ and I replied don’t worry soon you’ll be your own boss. I was hoping to hear an Amen from him but he said he doesn’t make too many plans, he takes each day as it comes. This led to a series of back and forth conversation on the path we play as humans even as we make plans for our lives. How do we exercise free-will in a world governed by God? As Christians when we say by God’s grace do we just go to sleep and expect angels to sort our issues out, when someone gives a testimony of how he wanted to marry and had no money and supernaturally the money was available or an active fellowship member in the university who failed to prepare for exams and prays for success. Does Christainity advocate laziness thereby making us solely dependent on God?
Let’s go back to the beginning; the earth was without form and God said Let there be light and we know the rest of the story, we know God can do anything in fact nothing is impossible with Him yet He took out time six (6) whole days to create the world. He went further and moulded man….. The God I’m referring to here is a doing God, He didn’t fold His arms. For every time we go down on our knees to ask God for anything the question always pops up what do you have. To Moses a stick, the disciples a small boy with 2 fish and 5 loaves, the widow had a jar of oil.
Let’s go further the woman who had the issue of blood for 12 years made a move of faith and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment she could have prayed for healing and sat down at home or the Centurion who went out to look for help for his daughter. A popular verse we like to quote gave me a new insight ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ Phil 4:13. Did you notice the word DO not pray, believe or have faith besides ‘Faith without works is dead, show me your faith without works and i will show you my faith with my works’ James 2:17-18.
For those who think Christianity is a license to be lazy and pray down heaven, here’s a word for you ‘Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep, so shall your poverty come as a robber, and your want as an armed man’ Prov 24:33-34. With the testimonies we hear one may be tempted to relax and expect a breakthrough without doing anything, you want to get married that’s good, but have you started planning towards it ‘For which of you, wishing to build a farm building, does not sit down and calculate the cost to see whether he has sufficient means to finish it’ Luke 14:28 Guess what even if you’ve analysed what you have and you can’t complete the task the faith you have comes in, remember you already have something (works) and your faith too which completes the cycle.
Don’t get me wrong; prayer to me has become a lifestyle but it doesn’t stop there. Some of us may be asking are their works/plans in line with God’s will? Here’s the answer ‘Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will) so shall your plans be established and succeed’ Prov 16:3 AMP. I’m hoping many of us will wake up from our beds to get busy, God has been waiting on us to multiply the talents He has deposited within us, have you buried yours?
In this new month this is my prayer for you ‘Do you see a man (woman) diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men’ Prov 22:29
HAPPY NEW MONTH