What’s your move?

I had this perspective that influenced me for some time before the Spirit of God checked me; I lived in fear because I heard that Jesus could come suddenly like a thief in the night (1Thess. 5:2,  2Pet. 3:10) and with this knowledge I always asked God to forgive me my sins several times a day, just in case HE showed up suddenly. One night HE then asked me – ‘since you’ve been praying this prayer all these while, have I come? What have you done for the kingdom?’ Suddenly I got conscious of the need to be responsible and to play my role in God’s kingdom on earth before Christ, our saviour returns, Yes! We all have our roles to play. So what’s mine and what’s yours too?

N.B: We should live joyful by the help of the Holy Spirit, in anticipation of the coming of Christ, and not out of fear. 

From scriptures, there are expectations of us believers, so let’s look at these few;

You should love one another, as Jesus did

“This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters” 1 John 3:16.

Also read: John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7-8

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You should play an active role to enhance the general growth of Christ’s body

“And the whole body depends on him. All the parts of the body are joined and held together, with each part doing its own work. This causes the whole body to grow and to be stronger in love” Eph. 4:16.

The church is the body of Christ Col.1:18, 24 which comprises everyone who truly believes in Christ. But the people are not perfect, so why should I be  part of it? you may ask. True! not everyone in Church is perfect, but we can all be perfect because the bible says so Matt. 5:48. It’s not an excuse still. What’s your role in the Church?

– God has blessed you with a good voice, but does this gift bless the whole body through you?

– God has blessed you with affluence, do you sincerely help the poor and needy or do even use it for the furtherance of the gospel?

– God has called you to be an evangelist, are you still running from the call?

– You have a skill, yet your home church is in need of that skill, are you helping out?

Here’s the thing, no matter who you are, there’s something you can do to enhance the growth of the body. The body is designed to grow through everyone’s input, therefore find out your part to play and get to it immediately.

READ ALSO: I’M FED UP WITH CHURCH

You should go out to preach the gospel and make disciples

“So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time” Matthew 28:19-20.

Maybe your argument here is this – ‘this was a clear instruction to the apostles and disciples that were present then’. Well done, you’ve tried but also answer these questions

*** Did any of those apostles or disciples preach the gospel to you in person or make you a disciple of Christ? I’m sure they were no more in this world when many of us got baptized and became Christ’s disciples. So how come the gospel hasn’t stopped spreading since only few were instructed to make disciples?

*** Why will Jesus promise to be with people till the end of the world when they won’t be in the world to see its end?

It’s clear, the instruction is to all of us believers. You received God’s word, you’re now born again. Therefore you should also reach out and tell people about Christ.

If your excuse is that – I’m still young in the faith and I don’t know much to say, well, you have the bible, get knowledge from it with the help of God’s Spirit. More so, attend a church where you’ll be taught God’s word.

We Christians have a message and a task: “All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace between himself and us. And God gave us the work of bringing people into peace with him. I mean that God was in Christ, making peace between the world and himself. In Christ, God did not hold people guilty for their sins. And he gave us this message of peace to tell people” 2 Cor. 5:18-19.

READ ALSO: FINDING A CHURCH; 5 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR

Faith according to my mentor is what we do to substantiate our hope. Here’s what it means, whatever you do in anticipation of the coming of Christ is faith.  What have you done to substantiate your faith in Christ?

Here’s the point, you don’t have any excuse to be a dysfunctional member of the body of Christ. Get this straight!

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Ozioma Michaels

Mike is passionate about helping people know the truth, understand why they should believe and practice it in all areas of their personal lives; thereby living out their faith in Christ. His favourite word is ‘conviction’

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  1. Adeleye Emmanuel
    August 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm
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    Thought provoking piece, thank you Pastor Mike!
    Together, when everyone plays their part, the world surely becomes a better place as we joyfully, not with fear this time expect the coming of our Lord. thank you!!!

    • Mike Ukegbu
      Mike Ukegbu
      August 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm
      Reply

      Very true.
      Thanks for your comment Emmanuel

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