DON’T ASK, “HOW MUCH HAVE I DONE?”; RATHER ASK, “HOW MUCH REMAINS FOR ME TO DO?” THAT IS WHAT WILL CONTINUE TO DRIVE YOU TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY.
PERSONALIZATION IS KEY TO ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY. GOD’S WORD IS FOR EVERYONE BUT APPLICABLE BY ANYONE.
ANYONE CAN MAKE IT WITH GOD, WHETHER TALL OR SHORT, BLACK OR WHITE, MALE OR FEMALE, EDUCATED OR UNEDUCATED.
WE ALL HAVE A COMMON STARTING POINT BUT WE CAN NEVER HAVE THE SAME ENDING POINT.
GOD GIVES US OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN THE RACE BUT HE WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING TO MAKE YOU END THE RACE, YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING BY YOURSELF.
-Bishop David Abioye at CHoP
I count it a great privilege this morning to us this Word of exhortation. Since the week began, our exhortation line has been:
EVERYONE IS ABSOLUTELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME OF HIS LIFE
This line means to say to us, no one is to blame for where you are. It also shows to us very clearly, just anyone’s position can change and since the week began, I believe God has been changing somebody’s level and another person’s position shall be changed this morning. I am sure we all heard the testimony this morning, that Matthew 6:33 qualifies just anyone for lifting in life.
-I know you will be the next to share your testimony.
This morning, as we conclude this series of exhortation, it is important for us to be reminded that God does not bless groups, but He blesses individuals. The Word of God is addressed to everyone and applicable by anyone. One thing that God does not do is to discriminate. Discrimination is not in His language.
Just anyone! His Word is for everyone but applicable by anyone. Anyone can make it with God, whether tall or short, black or white, male or female, educated or uneducated. He does not bless groups, He blesses individuals. The scripture makes it clear from our covenant father, Abraham.
“I called him”: He hearkened to Me, He responded to Me, He followed Me and I blessed him. Just anyone.
Abraham’s story: He had no home of his own, he was still living in his father’s house at age 75. But as soon as he responded, the following chapter, chapter 13 (Genesis, verse 2), God blessed Abraham in cattle, in silver. It does not take time, it takes accepting responsibility. It does not take time for a man to change, it takes only accepting responsibility. The day you accept responsibility is the beginning of the change that you desire.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
“He that sows sparingly”: ‘He’, not they
“He that soweth sparingly”: He, not they
Every man, not everybody. Not according to as ‘they’ proposed. You can see personalization!. Personalization is key to accepting responsibility.
You don’t ask, “who is doing it? You ask, “am I doing it?”
You don’t ask, “who is there?” You ask yourself, “am I there?”
Personalization is key to accepting responsibility.
God does not promote groups, He promotes individuals – Psalm 75:5-6
God is the Judge: He is the Moderator, He is the Accessor and as He accesses us, He putteth one down and He raises the other up – Psalm 75:7, 2 Chronicles 16:9. He goes round, looking for who is doing it right, whether you are in the front or in the middle or at the back. He accesses us so He can determine whether you are raised or (put) down.
What does that mean? He does not consult with anyone to determine your destiny. He does not consult with groups to bless you as an individual.
We are reminded of the parable in Luke chapter 19 verses 17 to 19
When He gave the assignment, He gave it to all in a group, but when the reward came, He called them one after the other. Just like in the lecture room, a group of 50 students are being lectured, the same room, the same teacher, the same time but when it is exams time, each person’s paper is marked individually.
He called one of them, “I have checked your work. You are a good servant because you as a person has been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over 10 cities” – Luke 19:17
‘You’ have authority; not ‘they’ have authority.
He did that for the 2nd person who came as you can see it in that passage.
God does not honour groups, He honours individuals – John 12:24-26
“Except a corn”: You see again, one, not several corns. One! You die alone. Don’t wait for other people’s dedication.
“He that loveth his life shall lose It”: not ‘they’
If any man serve Me, not they, let him follow Me. Don’t ask, “who is following?” Are you there yourself?
“If any man serve me, him will My Father honour”: Individual. If you see a man honoured, follow what he follows and you will see what he sees – John 12:26, 1 Samuel 2:30
God does not reward groups, He rewards individuals
1 Corinthians 3:8, Revelation 22:12
1 Corinthians 3:8 – All of us can see faces, but God can see personal input of individuals.
All the scriptures we have referred to this morning, you will never see anything mentioning groups: individual!!!
Finally, no one ever wins a prize in any race without his personal dedication. We all have a common starting point but we can never have the same ending point. God gives us opportunity to be in the race but He will never do anything to make you end the race, you have to do something by yourself. The umpire brings 6 people on the lane and he says to them, “on your mark, get set, over to you”: Go means over to you. Do as you please and you find each person throwing out his chest to make it to the end.
Therefore, Paul said, “I am not waiting for anybody to appraise me, I have not considered myself to have apprehended…I press” – Philippians 3:13-14
-May each of us receive the grace to press this morning.
“I press”: Don’t wait, who is there!
Paul came apparently as the last, he ended as the first. While other Apostles were seated in Jerusalem, Paul had gone 1st Missionary journey, 2nd Missionary journey, 3rd Missionary journey. He was always on the go. You cannot go for Christ and be left at the back. Keep going for Him, keep pressing.
Don’t ask, “how much have I done?”; ask yourself, “how much remains for me to do?”
That is what will continue to drive you, accept responsibility.
Don’t ask yourself, “why am I here?”
Query yourself, “What am I doing? Why am I here?”
As you do, as you press again this morning, you will find greater grace at work, released upon your life in Jesus precious name.
Prayers: Talk to God and talk to yourself this morning.
In the name of Jesus, I receive greater grace this morning to accept responsibility by personalizing every Word, every scripture, every instruction to myself. I accept the responsibility to keep pressing, to keep moving forward, in the name of Jesus.
Thank You for granting me the grace this morning, in Jesus wonderful name we have prayed.