The Time To Shine Is Now

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Rom 13:11”

“And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? Luke 2:48-49”.

“I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day. The night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the word. John 9:4-5”

For something to shine, it’s to be clear and obvious; be distinguished or eminent; be bright by infecting or casting light. These are what God has made every believer to be in Christ Jesus. Truly we were darkness before and were operating in darkness, manifesting the works of darkness. All these started from the time of the fall in the garden of Eden when the first man Adam willfully disobeyed God and lost the dominion to Satan. There and then the whole race of man was plunged into terrible darkness of evil, corruption, violence and enmity against God.

Mind you God did not create man for the devil. He didn’t create man to be dominated, oppressed or to operate outside God. Through the lies and deceptions of the devil man lost his placement, kingdom or dominion. Though in the account of creation story, God had created innumerable things on earth ; yet it seemed God could not be satisfied until man, the crown of God’s creation was brought to His original purpose in God. According to the scriptures “God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it. Because that in it He had rested from all His works which God created and made”. Gen 2:3

However in my opinion, God resumed duty immediately after man submitted to Satan and lost his purpose in the garden of Eden so as to redeem man back to Himself. Through series of events God started a covenant relationship with a man called Abraham from whose seed the world would be blessed and reconciled back to God. Jesus Christ is the seed of Abraham who came through a virgin woman and manifested as the Messiah ( the Anointed One).

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38.”

Jesus Christ later laid down His life for the redemption of mankind. By this He conquered he (Satan) who had the power of death. “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Heb 2:14”

Jesus rose on the third day and He is alive forever more. Because He has conquered sin, death, the devil, and all of his works. Man is no more to be under the devil.

This is the Goodnews. This is the Business of the Father. The devil knows this and the power in it. That is why he has been all out in various and divers ways.

  1. Satan is trying to make sure the Gospel is hindered by all possible means from being preached, announced, broadcast, or proclaimed. For it is by hearing that a change could occur. What people don’t hear they cannot decide upon.
  2. He is also fighting to make sure that those who have received the light (the Gospel) do not extend it to others. He tries to keep them busy on themselves. That is why for 10 yrs, 20 yrs, a believer who has been destined to be a deliverer, a saviour to others or even to nations may be going from one prayer meeting to another prayer meeting, from one mountain to another mountain, seeking after the mundane or even the fringe benefits of the kingdom which the Lord has said will be following those who made the Father’s business their focus. What a wasteful living! “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:33”
  3. Satan is manipulating believers to neglect the preaching and reaching out to the lost, so that the hearts of the unreached, potential kingdom men and women might become hardened and calloused, since we have denied them the opportunity to hear the Goodnews of the Kingdom. The harvest is ripe, we must move in to avoid decay and waste.
  4. Because the devil knows that his time is short and that the coming of the Lord Jesus is imminent, he has become so restless and like a hungry lion, he’s all out to seek whom he may devour, the home or nation he can confuse and scatter through divers crisis, he is looking for any business he can ruin especially if it belongs to a believer who has been playing pranks with the covenant issues with God. He knows that such businesses are not covered and secured in God. The recent happenings in the world economy, various evils and violence in our societies are just signs of the activities of this wicked being in these last days.

This planet earth has never witnessed the kind of evil, calamity and wickedness that have become so rampant in our world today. These are manifestations of  gross darkness. But in the midst of these, God has said that for those who followed Jesus Christ, they shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life. They are the lights of the world and they are to shine for others to see so as to embrace God’s kind of life and be saved.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12”

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt 5:14-16”

Are you a believer? What are you doing to proclaim the Gospel to others? Have you forgotten that redeeming man back to God is your Father’s business? You are to shine and this is the time for it. You are loaded with God’s grace, favour, life, blessings, His word of power, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. You are loaded and you are needed. Others need what you carry. They need your light. Your hand is Jesus’ hand to reach out and touch them. The time to shine is now. The mercy and favour of God are upon you. It is just for you to take a decision and determine to shine for your God. Do not postpone. Do not delay. Abraham heard the call of God and he obeyed immediately. When God later asked him to give his son as a sacrifice he did not delay, he was on his way the next day to do so as God demanded before God gave a ram as an alternative for the life of his son. The Spirit of God is moving and His program cannot be hindered in any way by the devil, political or diplomatic agenda of men. Whatever God asks you to do make sure you act in faith and act fast. If God turns to you it simply means that is your turn. Whatever you will need to fulfil His purpose are already available if you will trust Him. This is your season, this is your time. Rise now and begin to go about your Father’s business. This is not to say that people should not work or engage in other secular businesses. It simply means that we should prioritize our life. Do not forget your God and what is primary in His heart. He saved you for a purpose.

You are not serving a pastor or a leader not even a denomination. Have a correct mentality. Every thing you can do with your talent, time and treasure to gladden the heart of your Father in heaven in His business go ahead and do it. Go and share the Goodnews of what Jesus has done and who He is to your world i.e. in your school, office, business place, neighbourhood etc. Release your treasure to take the Gospel to other places and provide everything necessary to make it happen. Be involved in your local assembly and be a part of the vision of your leader. May the Father’s blessings be yours and may you be rewarded both here and at the presence of the Lord.

Shalom!

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