THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING TO RECEIVE TREASURES FROM GOD, BUT THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE MADE INTO TREASURES BY GOD.
THE DIFFERENCE IS IN KINGDOM SERVICE.
BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO SAID THE ‘EMBER’ MONTHS ARE SEASONS OF REMEMBRANCE.
THIS IS OCTOBER ALREADY; GOD IS SET TO DECORATE YOU IN EVERY DEPARTMENT OF LIFE.
AS LONG AS GOD MEETS YOU ON DUTY, YOUR STORY IS BOUND TO CHANGE POSITIVELY.
LET’S RE-POSITION OURSELVES IN SERVING GOD BECAUSE YOU ARE INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE; YOU ARE NOT WASTING YOUR TIME.
-Pastor David Oyedepo Jr at CHoP
Our Father, this morning we have come to give You the praise and glory. We thank You for the blessing of being in Your presence.
Thank You for the answers You have given to all of our prayers and for the testimonies of Your mighty hand at work in our midst.
This morning, our eyes are upon You, we ask that You speak to us again. By Your Word, let every one of our stories be changed. We give You the praise and the glory in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Our line of exhortation for this week, which we began looking at yesterday is:
SPIRITUAL STEWARDSHIP PAYS THE MOST
We came to recognize that serving God is no mere religious activity, it is no mere hobby, but it is a big-time business.
Luke 2:49, Romans 12:11
Serving God is described in scriptures as a big-time business and why do we say that it is a big-time business?
Because the outcome or the profit of it is unmatchable. It delivers to you what money cannot buy. There is no way to compare that which is made available to you by serving God.
Exodus 23:25 – There in no other platform of service that gives you blessing. They may give you resources, but not blessing.
There is no platform that will guarantee a sickness free life, they can only give you Health Insurance.
Exodus 23:26 – Clearly from God’s Word, there is no platform of service that can be compared to the outcome of Kingdom service.
That is why serving God is the most profitable, it is incomparable in output in the life of any engaging believer.
But we must begin to define what that spiritual stewardship involves and yesterday, we began by looking at soul winning as a spiritual goal mine.
This morning, we are going to be looking at the fact that we serve God by bringing people to Church. That is one of the platforms of our spiritual service.
John 15:16 – so fruits must be brought and that your fruits should remain. Clearly from God’s Word, we see that there is a demand for bringing.
“Go and compel them to come”: Who did He say this to? To His servants. Everyone that is out, compelling souls, bringing souls into the Kingdom of God, into the house of God is classified by God as a servant. Take note of this, when we talk about a servant of God, it is not a title. A servant of God is a function and part of the functions of a servant of God is going forth to bring forth souls into His house.
Everything that any man can require is already ready. He said in that scriptures, “come, for all things are now ready” – Luke 14:17. Their testimonies are ready, their breakthroughs are ready, their turnarounds are ready. Now you and I are sent forth as His servants to go out to the highways and to the hedges, to the streets and to the lanes, to compel them to come. That is our duty.
John 10:16 – So there is a bringing responsibility. He said, “there are not yet of this fold, but they must be brought in” and that is our duty. As servants of God, it is our duty to ensure that the harvest is brought in to the house of God.
It is important to note that one might not be equipped yet to preach but everyone can invite people to Church to meet with Christ.
You may say, “I don’t know how to preach yet”, but everybody can invite and bring people to Church.
You don’t need experience to invite, you don’t need expertise to invite. Even children invite other children to their birthday parties. So invitation is available to us all.
John 4:29 – Simple invitation: Come and See!! And the Bible tells us in verse 39, “many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman”, which means that souls were going to be accredited to her.
Just after her encounter with Christ, there was no message she knew how to preach, all she could say was “Come and See”. The day she was saved, that same day, souls were accredited to her account.
It is important for us to understand that we have an endless opportunity given to us, irrespective of our experience, all you need to do is tell them, “Come and See.” As they come to see, God begins to decorate you in return.
-For somebody here, I see this being your season of decoration.
And what a joy as we are drawing closer and closer to the conclusion of the year. The Word of God makes it very clear, “thou crownest the year with its goodness and all of its paths drop fatness” – Psalm 65:11.
The conclusion of the year is the crowning of the year.
We are entering into the decoration season of this year. God’s servant has told over and again that the moment you enter September, it is the ‘Ember’ months.
Those are the seasons of remembrance. This is October already, that is God is set to decorate you in every department of life.
I will like you to get set and continue to engage, recognizing that as long as He meets you on duty, your story is bound to change positively.
Therefore, note that you are not wasting your time serving the Lord, but you are investing into your future.
There are people who are waiting for receiving treasures from God, but there are those who are made into treasures by God.
Who are they? He said, “these are the ones who serve God.” You will discern between Him that serves Him and him that serves Him not. We are in the season where God is making treasures out of men, where individuals will be turned into the heritage of God.
Ephesians 1:18 –“…that you may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his INHERITANCE IN the saints.” He didn’t just talk about inheritance for the saints, but God is saying inheritance in the saints. The saints themselves become an inheritance to God, they become a treasure.
-For somebody here today, as you are engaging consistently you shall become a treasure unto God.
The Bible says you shall become a peculiar treasure unto Me.
Not that you will have treasures alone, but you yourself become a treasure. So you are not wasting your time serving the Lord, you are investing into your future.
There is a transformational effect of serving God. As you are serving God, you keep changing, you become more and more of a treasure. You become decorated, you become the envy of your generation.
-That shall become somebody’s experience here.
Why is that so? Very simply put – Romans 13:10. Love is the completion or the fulfilling of the law and serving God is the exhibition of our love for God.
What happens when you fulfill the law?
“To observe and to do ALL His commandments… all these blessings shall come upon thee and overtake thee”: you just become an epitome of blessing.
Why? Because you have fulfilled the law.
Demonstrating your love for God.
I will like each one of us to re-position ourselves, you are not wasting your time.
Every time you are praying in secret: You are not wasting your time.
You are going after souls: You are not wasting your time.
You are inviting them to be in the house of God: You are not wasting your time.
You are investing into your future. Look at the testimonies we heard this morning. They are the outcome of investments. People were engaging and God was decorating.
-As you engage in this season, in this crowning season of the year, God will decorate you.
Prayers: Lord, I receive Your grace, to keep engaging, to be found on duty, on keep pressing, to keep engaging, inviting people to Church, bringing them to Church, ensuring they are settled, that they are planted in Church.
Lord, I receive grace to keep engaging tirelessly. I receive that grace. In season, out of season, to remain consistent, to remain agile, in serving You at every point in time. I receive that grace this morning.
To keep engaging on the altar of prayer, I receive that grace. On the harvest field, I receive that grace. In following up, I receive that grace. I will not fall short in this crowning season, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Father, thank You and blessed be Your holy name. In Jesus precious name we have prayed.
You have asked Him for grace, that grace will speak on your behalf, in the name of Jesus Christ.
SPEAK TO THE DAY
Another day is here, another opportunity to speak to the day right now and make your decrees concerning the day.
Whatever you declare, God is bound to deliver.
Therefore, speak right now to the day.
Make sure you are speaking to it right now, with faith, confidence, speak to the day. It is your declaration that determines the manifestations of the day. Speak to it right now.
Thank You mighty God, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
-Now, this day is declared blessed.
-For you, it will be your day of testimonies.
-Every one of your hanging desires, today shall be a day of delivery. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
-All things work together for your good today, in the name of Jesus. So shall it be in Jesus precious name.
CHoP is an acronym for Covenant Hour of Prayer.