Excerpt from a Whatsapp group conversation
Bible Verse: “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Friend: “Why only a few? With the millions of people that identify as saved or as Christians in the world? Something is not adding up … “
I was very stressed yesterday
I mean in the midst of this COVID-19 lock-down where everyone is supposed to just stay put.
I not only had my own chores to do, but I had other people and things making demands on my time; These are tasks I voluntarily took up, so they were not coerced on me. They seemed good to do, considering what I’ll stand to benefit from them eventually.
For example: I’m working with a group of like minds who are building and becoming a business network for Africa. And I accepted a role in there because I was projecting a future as a business magnate – where I will surely need to have a circle of business professionals who add value to one another. Come on! That’s a good thing right?
At the end of my day while reconciling the activities in my day, I began to think of which of these activities are actually important with respect to what God has called me to do? Which of them is actually addressing the intent and purpose of my being? You probably know what God has called you to do and I know mine. And the above example didn’t necessarily fit it in at this juncture. Though a good thing to do, yet not absolutely critical to HIS purpose and intent for me. It’s just extra.
That day, I was stressed to the point that I no longer had the mental energy (talk-less of physical energy) to do anything with regards to this assignment God had given me. As a believer, you cannot deny that when God gives you an assignment, it burns in your heart like a burden. Even though it cannot be completed in a moment, you would feel peace and a sense of purpose as you walk in it daily.
So I asked myself a few questions:
- Why am I taking on these “good” projects?
- What is exactly important in where I am headed?
- Is it to look good to people?
- Or that I can identify with a certain group of folks?
- Is it to become relevant in my own crafted dreams?
- To be lauded and applauded for my ideas?
The Holy Spirit started ministering to me
Aniekan, you have to begin to say no to some things. As you grow in me, you have to start cutting them off so that you have the energy and focus to walk this narrow path I have called you to. This path is so narrow that you cannot carry on so much but only what is necessary! That’s why I require your utmost attention with what I have allotted you; in those things, I have given you enough strength to carry. That other project, you have to drop it. That relationship you took on, you have to drop it. That leadership title, that goal, drop them!
Yes, you may look crazy to some, because they think these are such great opportunities. The world runs amok everything that look and seem good, taking on these loads because they are after their own success, relevance and ambitions! In those selfish pursuits, they cannot find the way! Only a few who are attentive to my spirit’s leading ever find it- and these are the ones who do my will!
The journey in eternal life is that of constant stripping that as you follow me, I am constantly streamlining, aligning and positioning you to My will! A lot of good things will have to fall off from you, so that you will be succinct enough to pass through that gate! [well, except you want to hold on to them]. I want you to be clear and direct enough easily cut through and fulfill my will!
The journey in eternal life is that of constant stripping that as you follow me, I am constantly streamlining, aligning and positioning you to My will!
Yes, the world is full of Christians who identify with my name and are doing good works. But at the core of their ministry, they are not doing My will! Some are constantly in comparison to one another to see what looks like success, so they can imitate and follow suit. Jumping into partnerships and collaborations just to make themselves look big. All these are good, but inwardly, they are not doing my will!
Indeed I will answer them when they call unto me. I will perform miracles in their midst in name (because I cannot deny my name). They will be successful. Most will make a name for themselves using Me, but that’s not what I called them to do! At the very core of their hearts they know this truth- as My Spirit is in them always bearing Me witness. But they would not accept it, because what they are already doing seems “good” to all!
On the last day, it is only the few who attentively follow my voice to do My will that I will recognize. The others, I don’t know them!
Now I wrote this completely in perspective of my season and journey with God, perhaps these scriptures may interpret differently to you. But if you are in a position where you are not sure, or don’t know for a start what you should be doing in your life, just say this prayer:
“Dear Lord, the world is so full of options, but I know that what pleases you is doing exactly what you ask me to do! So Lord, come into my heart, teach me, show me, help me understand perfectly, to do your will for my life – in Jesus’ name. Amen!”
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