Do you know sometimes I do pity our Lord Jesus? He came to the world for a mission – this mission is to reclaim the kingdoms of this world from the devil and return them back to God. See Rev. 11:15.
The first Adam had willingly relinquished control of these kingdoms to the devil when he submitted to his authority in Eden. See Luke 4:5&6. The second Adam came to take it back.
And so Jesus did not just come to silently save souls and go. There is a political and governmental dimension to His mission. He is taking over the earth and its kingdoms to impose an eternal government which will be led by Him at his Second Coming.
The goal of his first coming was to do the groundbreaking of this divine agenda. That’s all he did – groundbreaking. If we equate this divine project to building a Skyscraper, we can say all that Jesus did when he was on earth was to lay the foundation. (See 1 Cor. 3:11.) You know that foundation is perhaps less than 10% of the work required to build a skyscraper.
The divine plan was that it is the disciples recruited by him that will build the skyscraper to roofing stage. He will only come for the finishing at His second coming. The finishing will be by a war – that which is popularly referred to as the Battle of Armageddon. See Rev. 19:11-21. And so it is clear, that the job of reclaiming the kingdoms of this world from the devil is a battle. It won’t be voluntarily released to Jesus. That’s why the Bible repeatedly referred to Christians as Soldiers.
Now this is the crux of the matter. The battle is set. The two battle leaders, Lucifer and Christ have drawn the battle line. They have both threatened each other regarding the take-over of the earth’s rulership. And you know what, Jesus Christ is very confident of victory. In short, when He arrived back to heaven after the ground breaking, God the father said to Him, “sit thou at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” Psalm 110:1.
But do you know that God’s confidence for making such an audacious promise to Jesus wasn’t Jesus because at this time Jesus had returned to heaven. His confidence was that, “out of Zion, He will send forth the rod of His strength to rule in the midst of His enemies.” Ps. 110:2.
Zion is always a symbol for the Church. And so Christians from generation to generation are all that God and Jesus Christ depend upon to win this battle. Is that not a reality that is so humbling? In other words, God needs me and you to succeed with His plans.
And so, right from the womb, He goes ahead to mark each one of us out for a portion of this divine agenda. Why is he going that far? Why not wait until we are born? It’s because failure in this battle is not an option as far as Jesus is concerned. So He does what is usually referred to as, “Catch Them Young,” before any other master takes hold of us.
My brother and my sister, the reality is that right from when you were in the womb, He knew you and He had separated you for a portion of this big assignment which you must rise up to discover and fulfil before too many of your years are wasted.
Concerning Jeremiah, the Bible said.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and BEFORE THOU CAME FORTH OUT OF THE WOMB I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
Concerning Isaiah, Isaiah testified:
“Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath CALLED ME FROM THE WOMB; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.”
Isaiah 49:1 KJV
Concerning Paul, Paul himself testified:
“But when it pleased God, who SEPARATED ME FROM MY MOTHER’S WOMB, and called me by his grace,
Galatians 1:15 KJV
From the forgoing, it is clear that this is God’s way for everyone that has been foreknown in Christ Jesus. We were individually called right from the womb for a specific assignment that has always been clear in the mind of God.
Now this is where my pity for our Lord comes in. A large portion of His Children – His soldiers whom He depends upon for issuing a threat to the devil never report for deployment for service not to talk of actually serving.
Think about how large Christians in Nigeria are. How many of this large number do you think finished their education and said, “Lord, where will my hands be needed; I’m now done with my University education. I’m ready to go wherever you will like to send me?”
Is the Lord really not to be pitied? We are currently so many in the Nigerian Church but the take-over of righteousness and Christ’s rule over every strata of our national life is still largely unseen because most of us are seeking immediate material prosperity and so unwilling to take the risk of saying, “not my will Lord. I will follow whatever is your will for my life.”
The big question is, “how won’t our Lord be put to shame in this raging battle if His army is so few in numeric strength as a result of several people’s refusal to report for deployment at God’s Orientation Camp; and for some, abscondment from the Place of Primary Assignment.
Perhaps the bigger question is, “will I be one of those lives that will prove difficult for the Lord to freely administer?” Will you be an extra person for the Lord to worry about? Will you contribute to the frustration of God’s mission on the earth or enhance its fulfilment? Will you arise to take charge of your own portion of the work IMMEDIATELY and pour your life henceforth into finishing it before your night comes when it will be too late to do any more work?
Maybe it’s time for us to bow our heads in prayer and receive grace to act on this word without any further delay.
Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you in Jesus name.
We have spent the last three weeks to raise the burden regarding why it is critical for you to discover and fulfil your purpose with the hope that you will develop a great yearning – such that will push you into being ready to pay whatever price it will take you to discover it. For only those who truly yearn to discover it do.
From next week, we’ll begin to share practical steps on how to discover it in case you’ve not discovered it already.
Peniela Eniayo, Akintujoye.
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