“…let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” – (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Recently a friend wanted to know what informed my stance regarding a critical decision I made concerning ministry (career wise) — I answered him by saying God was ordering my steps since I had heard from God before taking that decision.
He smirked and remarked that I had so much potential and I was wasting them away in the name of destiny when I could be earning more if I took another alternative — Disobedience. For a moment I was discouraged, wondering whether I was on the right path. Am I doing the right thing. If I truly heard from God. But I strengthened myself in the Lord and decided to persist and walk in obedience.
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29)
This does not refer to man, but To God. It does not mean that God confers his favors on man without His exercising repentance, but that God does not repent, or change, in His purposes of bestowing His gifts on man. We have received diverse gifts by the grace of God.
However, in as much as people may be doing similar things as you, be it singing, preaching, writing, pastoring, schooling, marriage, parenting and in my case career and ministry wise. I realize that we are not on the same level. We all have different destinies, with different prescriptions as to how they are to come to fruition. Bishop Dag shared an experience about how a friend of his from his early days of ministry didn’t believe in evangelism especially the ones He did in the rural areas… Can you imagine what would have happened if he withdrew because of that? Countless souls have received the gift of salvation from his obedience and persistence.
Do not do things just because others are doing them — I personally don’t. When I relate with friends, church members who have my level of commitment and dedication, they sharpen me and I also sharpen them. Relating with people who do not care about the things of God as much as you do will make you wonder if you are normal. Avoid the distractions that come from people who have not heard from God the way you have, and who are not as committed as you are.
Learn also to avoid the distraction of unproductive arguments and quarrels.
“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes” (2 Timothy 2:23).
I hate arguments and rarely have time to debate an issue. I love the Scripture that says you cannot do anything against the truth (2 Corinthians 13:8). This means that arguments, shouting and proving your point do not affect the truth of the matter.
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment (Proverbs 12:19).
The truth will outlive every lie! Keep walking the path that has been inextricably carved out for you — Destiny.
Our author has promised us a great ending.
READ: 1 Kings 13:15-24
“I don’t own the right to any of the images”