The tribes of Reuben and Gad owned vast numbers of livestock. So when they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideally suited for their flocks and herds… “Do you intend to stay here while your brothers go across and do all the fighting?” Moses asked the men of Gad and Reuben. (Numbers 32:1,2,6 NLT)
When God gives us a vision, He expects us to reach it without any compromise.
More often than not, we settle for less afraid of losing the provisions He gave us; forgetting, if not for the vision we won’t have that provision in the first place.
We are where we are because of the vision. It is not acceptable that we reach ‘almost’ there and settle for less. The most exciting time is yet to come if we pursue all the way!
After all, vision is not about us! Why we settle for something seems suitable just because vision seems to be impossible? We know its far from who we are called to be. Let’s be bold to cross the Jordan and fight the good fight!
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. Galatians 5:7-8
When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” (Mark 1:37, 38 NLT)
Lord Jesus kept His ministry simple to the point why He came – to preach the good news in every town and villages before He would finish for us on the cross.
Signs & wonders – healing, deliverance and miracles are only the outcome of His preaching and teaching; never in His agenda but always His will!
He set it clear to His disciples that they should never seek the crowd that wants them but go seeking the souls that doesn’t know that they are in need of God. By giving the good news, their eyes will wide open to the truth that sets them free!
There is not one truly free without Christ Jesus. There are billions in the waiting list – waiting for you to come and tell this good news. Let’s go!
So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect. Afterward Paul felt compelled by the Spirit to go over to Macedonia and Achaia before going to Jerusalem. “And after that,” he said, “I must go on to Rome!” Acts 19:20-21
Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received… Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 1 Timothy 4:14-15
Neglect means fail to care for properly. Spiritual gifts doesn’t come easily and is never given unnecessarily, but given to be put in use effectively and keep ourselves in the right course of our calling.
God expected Esau to honor his birth right, his negligence to it was the beginning of his downfall.
Esau’s life was a lesson not to prioritize anything above the operation of His gifts and keep doing the right thing even when we don’t feel like doing it.
By keep doing the right thing you stay in God’s will and progress in your calling, and one day the Lord will accelerate & multiply to honor you.
I know your works. Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close. Revelation 3:8
“If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses?
If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:5
There is none who can train like the Lord to the one who He has anointed, separated and appointed for His cause.
Such calling is great but the price is very steep!
Prophet Jeremiah in Old Testament had such calling. Apostle Paul in New Testament had such calling. These men were constantly picked up, constantly encouraged directly by The Lord Himself.
These men risked their lives, were often in near death, beaten brutally, went unconscious in dungeons, betrayed, mocked – all for one reason: they spoke what the Lord told them to speak without altering one word.
After all they went thru’, the normal human emotions expects pity, soothing words – but the Lord gave a pricking statement that made them to run far stronger than before!
What is this strange love for God! What is this extreme obedience for God!
Prophet Isaiah expressed it, our Lord Jesus exhibited it!
The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting. Isaiah 50:5-6
What excuse can we have for our disobedience to His word? How hard is it for us to obey compared with these extreme obedience these men had?
Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News! 1 Corinthians 9:16
Thank God for the calling! Without His calling we go no where, and all that we do and say would mean nothing.
Boasting about what we had done or able to do is actually a self satisfaction of who we are and is a stumbling block from becoming whom called us to become.
There is nothing we should be boasting about when God is the source of what we do. And – when we do such God initiated preaching of God News, we can be certain that it will be accompanied with signs and wonders!
I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, “Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.” Romans 15:21
Success comes in our lives and its fruits will remain in our lives when we do things according to God’s instruction.
Paul was called by the Lord to reach out the Gentiles (Acts 9:15). Paul didn’t wasted his time figuring out a plan to reach out Gentiles, rather went straight to God’s written word on His plan for the Gentiles (Isaiah 52:15 that he quoted in Romans 15:21) and applied that literally to his ministry. The result was an overwhelming success.
We know we are called, we know what to do – but often we worn out ourselves on how we going to do it; as always His word has His plan.
I believe the plan that worked for Paul’s ministry will still work for our ministry as God’s written word/plan has not changed!
My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures… Romans 15:20-21
But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. Acts 28:22-25
This shipwreck incident during Paul’s sail towards Rome was exactly opposite to Jonah’s sail away from Nineveh!
Paul obeyed God given Vision/Promise/Purpose, whereas Jonah ran away from God given Vision/Promise/Purpose.
Scores of fellow passengers and crews lives were saved because they had Paul travelled with them, whereas every passengers and crews lives were endangered because Jonah travelled with them.
Paul had to cry out when sailors attempted to jump in the water so they would live, whereas Jonah had to cry out to throw him into the water so all others could live.
Obedience to God given Vision/Promise/Purpose will not only save our lives but everyone with us – even those who refuse to listen/obey or despise it. Vision preserves multitudes irrespective whether people respect/appreciate it or not! God is good and generous, so as His Vision/Promise/Purpose!
Disobedience puts all lives in jeopardy and there is no way out unless we hit the rock bottom that Mr.Jonah hit!