By Ima Nkanta
“God's priority is about doing His work - winning souls.”
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Mat 6:33
TODAY, many wander from place to place seeking help, yet finding none. Christians, unfortunately, are caught in this web. We go from church to church looking for answers to our problems. But is God not answering prayers anymore? Far be it! He still answers. The problem is not God, but us.
We have missed the point in our daily search for livelihoods to the extent that have turned blind eyes on God's priority. And because we have cared less about His priority, He has also left us on our own whims. When we cry to Him, we have no response as we should. His priority is soul winning. Now-a-days, who's interested in converting souls? Even so many churches are more concerned about winning new members than new converts into the Kingdom.
Now-a-days, it is common to see evangelists changed titles to prophets, teachers to bishops, pastors to apostles - for their narrow priorities and not God's priority. If 50 percent of churches will pursue God's priority, we will have been saved the horror of the present day evils. But we turn away from God’s priority to pursuing ours. Our messages are self-serving and not soul converting. We have tottered away from the Big Picture, and grow more tares amongst the wheat.
Jesus was concerned about God's priorities. He said His food was to do the work of the Father who sent Him, and to finish it, and that He must do the work while it's day for the night comes when no man can work. He did it with passion and commitment. And God was with him to accomplish it.
One of the reasons Christians pray and don't get answers is just because we are not pursuing the priority of God. All who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Lord are recruited into the workforce of the kingdom of God. The goal is to save others. God does this when we showcase the light of the Gospel in our conduct - telling others about Jesus and His love; sharing their concerns and taking them to God in prayers, encouraging them to forsake sin for righteousness and to be passionate about heaven (Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you). When we pursue this agenda and be the light then God will pay attention to us.
But when we shift away our focus from God's priority, He's moved to shift away His attention from us. Take for instance, you are a staff of a company, doing the tasks assigned to you; you get a pay. If you have any emergency, the company will come around to assist you. But this cannot be said of an employee who does not carry out his tasks: all he will get is query, and then a sack.
This is how God relates with us. He places priority on only those who place priority on His work. We are commanded to teach, preach and convert souls; turning men from darkness to light, and from the works of the flesh to the fruits of the Spirit. If we must dominate our environment, it's in winning the non-converts over to God.
The time to do this is now! As the devil has become more and more aggressive in recruiting agents, we must rise to the task of aggressively converting souls. Stir up your spirit to God's priority. Focus more efforts at saving souls with love and humility.
THE GREAT INVITATION
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:35). Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:29-30).
Dear reader, God is knocking on the door of your heart. Open for Him. Denounce all works of the flesh and ask God to turn your heart back to the big picture. When we focus the big picture, God will pay closer attention to our needs. Give it a try; start today.
Are you born again? Is your heart right with God? If not, go on your knees and ask Jesus to save your soul. Pray now.
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