Monday, 08 January 2018 13:11

Are You Being Useful?

Written by  Kemi Searcy
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I eagerly am anticipating the good things 2018 has in store. January is often the time of reflection where we make resolutions. We may promise to improve the quality of our lives by eating right, exercising, stopping being grumpy mothers and wives, cutting off credit cards, seeking further education, etc.  All of these are excellent resolutions. We should want to be the best we can, striving to achieve levels of success in our lives.


God supports all of these efforts. Without a doubt, He wants each of us to do well. His intention always is for us to prosper in this material realm. Nature is set in motion to support our prosperity and scripture testifies to our success. God was concise in proclaiming His heart’s affection for us. “My beloved, I pray for you that you will prosper in all things and be well, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2 ABPE). Contrary to popular opinion, God is not a killjoy. Most people think of God as a sad, angry, judgmental, old man, looking for ways to squash our fun. But nothing can be further from the truth.  Actually, our success brings Him glory and joy. 


While we reflect, we should take time to consider if we are happy with who we are as people of God. As women of destiny are we fulfilling all that the Lord put us here on Earth to do? Instead, are we squandering all of our time and efforts on trying to get prosperous in the here and now?


The success and the luxury God provides for us is only a means to an end – to make us comfortable to do His bidding. There is a greater calling on each of us. He has us here for a reason. If we do not know these truths, we only need to hear what God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV). Jeremiah was to be God’s mouthpiece to a lost and dying generation, the same way you and I are to be His hands and feet to reach the lost.


God makes it very clear that Jeremiah is not the only person with a strong purpose. He says to all believers, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).


Because we are still alive in this depraved world, God has purposed that we proclaim Him, love Him enough to introduce Him to others, love Him enough to sing His praises before people, and love Him enough to show the same compassion to people as He has shown to us. Through these acts of love, we open the doors for humanity to know God. In our world of great darkness, it is imperative that we let our light shine so that people may find their way to Jesus.


Take an honest look at yourself, soberly asking these questions: Based on the way I have lived and conducted my life, will He say “well done” if I were to meet Him today? With all the gifting He’s endowed me, will He be pleased with the way I have spent my time, talent, and resources?


At the dawn of a New Year, we may have already set up goals, guidelines, and resolutions. But it’s not too late to re-examine those goals, and push this question to the forefront: Did I make room in my schedule to do the one most needful thing – Jesus? (See Luke 10:38-42.)


Life is so busy it seems impossible for us to find time to do all that must be done, and still have time to do anything meaningful for God. But we have been given the right amount of time to do what is necessary.


Here are some ideas to help your time of reflection.


1.  Make sure you are born again and your relationship with the Lord is solid.


2.  Prioritize. Jesus said in Matthew 20:21 that we are to give to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar and to God those things that belongs to God. This is a clear principle to prioritize and be intentional with your follow-up.


3.  Be part of a community. By belonging to a church family, you will have a network of believing friends with whom you can be held accountable.


Let’s make the Savior proud.  Let’s strive to hear these sweet words from His lips: “She did all she could.”



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