We live in a generation where most people want to wield some form of power or be in a position of authority. Many feel that it is only through this that they can effect meaningful change in their lives and in the lives of others. However, what people fail to understand is that true leadership and authority does not begin until you have served and learnt to embrace responsibility. And that is where many have fallen short; instead of embracing responsibility, many are running away from it.
As Christians, we have been given a divine responsibility; to be salt and light of this world. To shine our light and let the whole world know that Jesus Christ is Lord. To be salt; distinct in our behavior and dealings, that men may see and glorify the Father [Matthew 5:13-16]. And we’ve been given the mandate to go into all parts of the world and preach the gospel of the good news of Christ [Mark 16:15]. It sounds simple on paper but without the help of the Holy Spirit, it is a difficult feat to carry out. This is why many people are running from God and from Christianity, because they have tried to do it by their might and by their power, not realizing that it can only be done by the spirit [Zechariah 4:6], and that it can only be done through Christ who strengthens us [Philippians 4:13].
Jacob was predestined to be the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. Even though the hand of God was visibly upon his life, Jacob resorted to tricks for his sustenance. Also, he spent his years running because of a mistake he made in his youth of stealing his brother’s blessings [Exodus 27]. But one night, God decided that it was time for Jacob to stop running and for the full fulfillment of the prophecy of his life to come to pass. That night, Jacob wrestled with God for blessings but God would not bless him until He had embraced his divine responsibility of Israel (God fights), instead of his own created responsibility of Jacob (deceiver). It was out of his bosom that the 12 tribes of Israel would come from but if he continued to run, those tribes would not have been established. It took a dislocation in his hip joint for God to show Jacob that he couldn’t continue depending on his wits to get through life; he needed to fully depend on and trust in God. When he prevailed by accepting this truth, God blessed him beyond the blessing he already had [Genesis 32:23-32]. Through that encounter that night, today we can pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Right now you might feel that you are blessed enough and that you have been able to get through life through your wits, intelligence and strength. Yet, there is a blessing that comes through obedience and total surrender. This blessing far exceeds any great plan you could ever prepare and design for yourself. This kind of blessing gets you a place in the Hall of Fame of Faith. All God requires from you is to STOP RUNNING!
Then there are those who have accepted their divine responsibility in some areas of their lives and not in other areas. There are those who are running away from forgiving those who hurt and betrayed them. There are those who are not walking in love with that relative, boss, neighbor, president, councilman etc because they find it difficult to. There are those who find it difficult to let go of the things of the world and live a life of holiness and purity as born again Christians. And there are others still yet who find it even more difficult to say “Yes, Lord” to the calling and gift upon their lives. Your gifting may look like 1 talent to you but please do not despise the day of small beginning. Let God use that 1 talent in you and multiply it for his glory. All God requires from you is FAITHFULNESS.
Divine responsibility is not about us and how it benefits us, but it is for the Glory of God’s name and for the salvation of others. Jonah was chosen and ordained for the Salvation of Nineveh but he chose to run away. His disobedience meant that a whole city would be destroyed. But God will not allow that because he had determined to save Nineveh once they repent, and He knew they would repent when they were told of their sins by Jonah. So God allowed Jonah to experience 3 days in the belly of the whale to let him understand that his divine responsibility was not about Him, it was about others [Book of Jonah].
So today I implore you, stop running! It’s not just about you, it’s about the nations. It’s about the generations to come. It’s about the salvation and souls of others. It’s about your neighbors and it’s about your nation. Will you stop running? It requires just a simple “Yes” to God. Today, rise up and take on the mantle of responsibility and know that “it’s not by might, nor by power but by my spirit, says the Lord of Hosts” [Zechariah 4:6].
Today, I dedicate this post to Bishop Dag Heward-Mills. This man of God did not shy away or shirk his divine responsibility. He said Yes to God and through his obedience, a prodigal daughter was turned back to God. Happy birthday Bishop Dag. For more information about him visit his website: www.daghewardmills.org