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Faithful is He who calls, you are not alone, you are not abandoned. If we stop on this, it is enough. Because somebody said this is how you know what God is doing or is about to do – by the word that He sends to you. If the Lord is sending a word to you, faithful is He who calls and you know that the caller is not brother Biola, neither is it brother Joshua, since you know that the caller is God, then it means that faithful is God who calls. God is Spirit, you may not be able to see Him with your physical eyes, yet He is with you.
I breath several times in a day, and even several in a minute and yet I cannot see it, but I do not deny it. God even though you may not see Him physically, His works shows that He is with you. If this room is emptied of oxygen, you either rush out or you die here. So it is obvious that if the call of God upon your life is emptied of God, you either rush out or you perish. So, if you have actually not perished, then it means God who called you has not left you. Your life is not an abandoned project in His hands. One of the things I understand is that God does not import men and women for His work. Anyone God intends to use He raises.
Now as long as God has committed Himself to raise you, He will not abandon you. He will not. He is too faithful to abandon you. Sometimes you may not get His instructions the way He is giving it to you, He will still not abandon you. God is not like men, when He gives you work, He does not throw you away. God is the one who actually works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. So if you are doing, it is because God is working in you. Now will God who is working in you abandon you? Now in case you are wondering, He might abandon you, don’t you understand that He is the one working in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure?
Abandoning you actually means God is abandoning His work. Every man created on the earth, whether we know it or does not know it; is born for a work. No one is born to be idle. There is no unemployment in the Kingdom of God, everyone is born to do something. You may not know it now, but you will soon know it. So if God abandons you, then He is abandoning the works for which you have been created to do. God does not abandon, God does not leave you alone. God is with you and remains with you, He is committed to the work in your life. Let us begin our meditation from the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. The Bible says:
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
He who has called you unto servant-hood is faithful, He also will do it. In case you doubt whether He is going to do it, then note what the bible says in verse 23. If He has the capacity to sanctify you personally, then He has the capacity to do whatever He has called you to do. As a father, if you send your children to do something for you, are they going to do what you as the father does not have the capacity to do? But you chose to call them to do it. As a father, there is nothing that you ask your children to do that you lack the capacity to do. You simply want to use him to do it and also you want to help him or her to know how to do it.
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If you as a leader or father do everything by yourself without delegating responsibility, then the knowledge and the experience would be cantered around you. If you go, then it means the knowledge and the experience goes with you and your children would lack the capacity to do what you were able to do simply because you were the one who was always doing the work. God is never like that. He commits responsibilities into our hands. The things He could do and He can do, He commits them into our hands. The Bible says Jesus sent out the disciples two by two to the places that He Himself has purposed that He would go.
So, they were not going to places He cannot go because of fear of life or death, He simply sent them to the place that He had already purposed to go. And in another instance, the people gathered, thousands of them, and they needed to be fed. And He called to the disciples, those who would take over once He leaves the scene, and asked them to feed them. The disciples said they do not have what to feed the people with, but the Bible says as they ruminate among themselves, Jesus Himself knew what He was going to do. That is how God is. God would not ask you to do what He Himself cannot do. He will simply ask you to do what He has already finished.
So, how can He ask you to do something and the He leaves you? Don’t you know those who leaves are those who are afraid of the work, and they run for their lives? God is not afraid of the work. He created the work, He created you. He finished the work, He asked you to do it. So He is so faithful He cannot abandon you, for He cannot abandon His work and He cannot abandon Himself. Faithful is He who calls. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. So, whatever God asks you to do, or would ask you to do, the Lord would do it. It is God Himself who will do it. We know that scriptures that says that it is God who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Another for workmanship is product. He produced us. When God was done working, we appeared. After God finished His work, we were the end product, the result of His effort. How can God who made you be incapable of finishing the works that He has committed into your hands? Does that scripture not show that everyone that is born of God is born for a work? Is there no work, and you are said to be created for one? If you are not working now, does it not show that you are currently ignorant of the work, not that the work does not exist?
Sometimes we are jobless, not because there is no work, but because we are ignorant that there is a job opening. This one isn’t even a job opening, we have been enlisted into the work, by virtue of our calling, we have been invited and we have even accepted the work. Faithful is He who has given us that kind of work. I don’t know that work that God has created you to do, but faithful is He who has called you into the work, He will also do it. So, it looks as if our work has been created, perhaps before we were even created. We are only created to walk into the work, develop and grow into it. So, as we grow up, we become qualify to do our works.
Acts 20:32 says those who are sanctified have their inheritance. They have things that have been willed to them. Inheritance look like car, houses and many things like that. But the truth is a man can also inherit works. If your father owns Globacom Ltd. and he willed it to you, is it something to eat pounded yam with? It is a serious work, despite the fact that it comes with fat salary and other juicy packages. Inheritance is not about sleeping and drinking, it comes with responsibilities. So a man who has been willed such organization to must therefore grow up, so that he will be able to do it. It is by your growth that you are qualified or able to enter into the works of your life. There is a work for everyone of us, and because of that work we are called. Therefore the one who has called us is faithful, He will never leave us alone because leaving us alone means leaving the work He has committed into our hands.
There is a place in Romans that I want us to see so that we can understand the calling of God and the works of God. Romans 8:28-30, and then Romans 11:29. Romans 8:28 says:
For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For who He foreknew, He also predestined to be conform to the image of His son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called.
So, once He has called you, it is to reveal to you that there was a call, an assignment that He has finished and that He wants you to be a partaker of. He told Jeremiah that before He was formed He knew Him and that He has ordained him a prophet unto nations. He knew Jeremiah because He predestined him. The call of God is an invitation to return to your original identity. Every call of God is for a work and so when God calls you, because of the work, He remains with you. He does the work with you. If God has called you, never at any time assumed that He has left you. Let us look at Romans 11:29 in the amplified version.
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].
I don’t know how many of us after writing an exams and submitted the script, we now go back to the lecturer to request for the script. It is never possible. God as if He was writing exams, wrote and designed our lives. He concluded and finished it. And when He calls you into what He has finished, the only thing that is expected here is for Him to lead you into it. He cannot withdraw you or the call again. Everything has been wired in your name. You were in His mind when He was writing and designing it. So, when you yield yourself to that work of God for your life, you bring glory to yourself and to the name of God. Jesus said to the Father, “glorify me with the same glory that is with you in your kingdom” So, if you are a vessel of God’s glory, you will experience glory. A vessel of wrath as well will enjoy wrath in return.
If God has therefore destined you for glory, He will never withdraw that plan from your life. He will rather take you through a corrective process such that you will return back to your senses and come back to your father, just like that prodigal son. The plan that the father has for the prodigal son never changed, despite that the boy went away and squandered everything. He still returned to a much more greater glory. Even the elder brother was jealous of that act of the father. Everytime we deviate from the plan of God, we struggle. God finished our lives originally, when we deviate from it, we start looking for how to finish by ourselves, we will be the ones thinking how do we finish, but most of the times we always end up roughly, that we are so battered, injured and so broken; and sometimes so destroyed.
The Lord is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. Whatever He says He will do, He will do. The whole World was done by Him, will He not do your life? Bible says God finished everything in six days, and on the seventh day He rested. If He can finish the whole earth in six days, how long will it possibly take Him to correct your life? How long will it take Him to establish you? Our God is faithful. I want us to read Isaiah 46:9-11.
9 Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man who executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.
Do you see God using the word ‘I will do’? God is a doer, He is able to do. Sometimes we think without us, nothing can be done. God just want to use you to do it, He can also do it. And in fact, lest some unseen forces claim glory for what God is doing, God has raised you up as an Ambassador of His that He may do it through you and no one would therefore claim the work outside Him. When something is done and no one claims responsibility for it, then such a thing is at the mercy of anyone who first came forward to claim it. But God isn’t like that. When He is done, it should be clear to everyone that it is God who did this and that.
Like Jesus, when He was done doing things, people glorify God. Another instance the Bible says the people glorify God who has given such power to men because without power nothing can get done. When there is no power, nothing gets done, nothing moves. To do a thing, you definitely need power. And so, when a thing is done, you do not glorify the thing that does it, you glorify the source of the power. Let God be true and every man a liar. God has great plans, yet He depends on you and I to get those plans executed. But this we won’t do by our own power and strength, but by His Spirit. He told Zerubabbel to get a job done, and He said to him that it would not be by his power or might, but by my Spirit says the Lord.
The work that God has called you to do is not going to be by your power, it is going to be by the Spirit of God. The Lord will do it through you, you are a man who executes His counsel but He is the one that is doing it. When the Bible says it is God who works in you…have you forgotten the story in the Bible when Jesus was to be crucified, the Bible says Jesus dip the bread into the water and gave it to Judas Iscariot and as soon as he received it, satan entered into him and so he stood up. When Peter told Jesus you will never die, Jesus didn’t tell Peter to keep quiet but He simply rebuked the spirit of satan behind such statement because Jesus knew satan had entered him at that moment and so the things he could not say normally, he said it by a strange spirit.
If people can say things that they cannot say normally because a strange spirit entered into them, how will it then be if they are possessed by the right spirit? You will do things beyond the limitations of your thoughts. Things you would never have imagined you can do, you will do. You will say things beyond your understanding and limitations. If you remove God out of your calling, you will either rush out of that calling seeking for God, or you will die in it. Isn’t that what happens? Some despite having the right structures in place, they still fail in the works of God that they have been handed simply because God is not in the midst of it.
We must at this moment understand that God is never abandoning us neither is He abandoning His call upon our lives. God is not a man that He should lie. God is too clean and too pure to choose you in ignorance. Jesus said you have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain. Then if you are such a rubbish choice, then you are saying that God is mistaken. You are such a peculiar person full of treasure, but we must never forget that the Bible says “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” So, these things are ahead of us, we walk into them. We become men and women able to do the things that God has created us for.
You see, whatever I am doing now has been preordained by God, I just grew into it. And where I am going has also been predetermined by God, I will grow into it. If you think this is all about me and the purpose of God for my life, you are just mistaken. I am expected to grow into much more. So if you are not looking so handsome or beautiful today, it is a matter of growth. The only thing that is separating you from where you are to go to is growth, once you grow you become it. A seed will become a tree, it is a matter of growth. A small fish will become a big one – it is a matter of growth. A cub will become a lion, it is a matter of time!
Don’t let us also get too comfortable with time. Some people spend time and being to stunted growth, they are not able to become their full potential. It is not just about time, it is about growth. So, if I grow faster than you in time, I will become before you become, but I will not stop you from becoming. So if God has destined you for the throne, it is a matter of time, it is a matter of growth, you will get there. So don’t throw in the towel now because things aren’t moving the way you expect them. Nobody sees you or recommend or celebrate you, don’t worry and don’t get discouraged. He who calls you is faithful, He has not left you alone neither has He abandoned you.
He has a great plan for you, He is taking you somewhere. You are the beginning phase or at the middle phase, the journey is still far. The angle told Elijah, eat for the journey is far. So when Elijah was through eating and began to do the work, he could think is this just all about the work? No, there is still much more. He was told to anoint certain men that were never together. So the assignment requires that he will be moving from places to places and people to people before he would discover them. In fact, one of them was not even a Jew. He was to anoint him king over Syria but he was not a Jew, but he still did it.
God has called you for a great work. You could be small now, the Bible says who has despised the days of little beginning. Although your beginning may be small, but your latter end shall greatly increased. Our ends are ends of increase, our destinies are destinies of increase. God is too big to design you for a small thing. God is too big to design you to become a small man or a small woman. Your size is to the degree of your God and not the people around you. Those who know their God shall be strong and they shall do great exploits, and then they will become great men.
You cannot do great works and you are not a great man. You can’t do great thing and you are a nobody, it is not possible. By virtue of your work, you get a new title. You don’t need to ask for it. So, if God says you are great and you are struggling to receive it; then receive the great works that He has committed into your hands and make it great. Very soon, you yourself will accept that you are a great man. So, if your wife is not calling you a great husband, you focus on the work and also focus on your work has the husband. When your work is so great, and your children are doing so fine and your wife too doing fine, she herself will come to her senses and call you a great man. The same thing is applicable to you as a woman, if your husband isn’t calling you a great woman, focus on your work as a woman. Make him great, and he will also accept that you are great as well. Proverbs 31 says she is praised by her husband.
He who called us is faithful, He will do it.