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Called to the Pulpit, but not a Pastor

 

Called to the Pulpit, but not a Pastor

 

One body, different parts, different functions, but one mission

 

 

 

Copyright 2016 Ademola Adedeji

Published by Ademola Adedeji @ Shakespir

 

Also by Ademola Adedeji available at ebook retailers everywhere

The Holy Spirit, Our Life (MR. NIGER) (the characteristics of a living thing in the spiritual perspective)

Forgotten, but not Godforsaken (the God of the mountain also stays with you while in the valley)

The Sons of Encouragement (SOE) (the stories of the unsung heroes in the Bible)

 

To be published soon by Ademola Adedeji

The King thirsts (the longings of the all-sufficient, self-sufficient God…)

 

Cover image design by Olanbo Ajibola

[email protected] ; +2348029041776

 

Table of Contents

 

Dedication

Introduction

 

Chapter 1 Called to the Pulpit, but…

Chapter 2 You are also called

Chapter 3 1 Levite + 3 Reubenites

Chapter 4 Not that small!

Chapter 5 Aholiab did not break away

Chapter 6 The wisehearted men

Chapter 7 Watch your message

Chapter 8 Come out!

 

ADDENDUM

About the Author

Acknowledgment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dedication

 

I dedicate this book to the Almighty God, the Giver of all good and all perfect gifts. Then to all the groups and individuals who have validated the various gifts manifesting as God’s grace in life:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Faith Dimension Church Drama Unit, Ibadan, Nigeria

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p<>{color:#000;}. University of Ilorin Christian Union (UCU) Drama Unit, Ilorin, Nigeria

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p<>{color:#000;}. Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship (NCCF) & Corps Welfare Committee, Dapchi, Yobe, Nigeria

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p<>{color:#000;}. Nigerian Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Yobe, Nigeria –Platoon 9

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p<>{color:#000;}. RCCG, Jesus Tabernacle, Ibadan, Nigeria- Drama Unit, Bible Study Unit, Singles & Youths Fellowship, Ushering Department & House Fellowship Unit

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p<>{color:#000;}. Redeemer’s University Chapel- Bible Study Unit, Drama Unit & House Fellowship Unit

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p<>{color:#000;}. Faculty Members and Followers of the Redefined Education Endowment (tReE) Foundation, Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

I went to bed on the night of 26th July, 2013 with so many questions on my mind. The day was very busy, full of activities with some contractors whose services I needed for an agricultural project somewhere in southwest Nigeria. My experience with the people suddenly made me see the enormity of the temptations I had to fight, as an Agribusiness Consultant. It occurred to me that as a Christian in a private business, I have to do my services conscientiously; not inflating figures and not mismanaging the limited, or even the unlimited, resources of my clients.

 

When I got back to the guest room where I lodged, as it was my practice, I went on my knees to appreciate God for His grace that saw me through the day. I thanked Him, especially, for helping me to resist the temptation of inflating the rate for an activity against the suggestion of one of the people that were working for me. While still on my knees, I realised my mind was wandering on many questions: would not it have been better as a serious Christian to go into the ministry rather than do any secular business? Is it every serious Christian that should be in the ministry? Is it every serious Christian that is called to be a pastor? Is it only those that are called to be pastors that should be serious Christians? I was musing on this when I slept off!

 

‘Called to the pulpit, but not a pastor’, was my waking thought on the wee hours of 27th July, 2013. With the thought, I sensed that the Holy Spirit was trying to answer my questions as He led me to the story of a man called Bezaleel. I quickly switched on the light, picked my bible, diary, pen, and wrote down the message which formed the foundation of what you will soon be reading in this book. I returned to my bed very refreshed and also very grateful to God for the priceless insight he had just given me.

 

On the 14th of August when my pastor, Pastor Olugbenga Akosile, the Chaplain of Redeemer’s University, told me to prepare for the main message of the following Sunday, my mind went to ‘called to the pulpit, but not a pastor’. Therefore, this message was first preached at the Redeemer’s University Chapel on 18th August, 2013. Following the ministration was a very encouraging response from both the young and the old members of the congregation. Perhaps, the greatest encouragement was the one I received from the wife of the Vice Chancellor, Pastor (Mrs.) Olabisi Adeyewa, who whispered to me to developed the message to a book. This was further confirmed by two other people- one of them read the compressed version posted on my Facebook page two days after. It is needless to say that the post attracted many ‘comments’ and ‘likes’.

 

‘Called to the pulpit, but not a pastor’, is a message to Christians, and the first message is that every Christian is called. As Christians, we are the church of God, and the original meaning of ‘the church’ is ‘the called out’. 1 Peter 2: 9 confirms the fact that we have been called out of darkness into the marvellous light of God. Knowing that in the Theatre, the stage, which in the church parlance could be called the pulpit, is where the light is focused. Therefore, by your salvation, you have been called to the pulpit because the light of God is being beamed on you. All eyes are on you!

 

Let me quickly say that, though you are called to the pulpit, you do not necessarily have to be a pastor. But you should also remember that, you walk in the marvellous light which follows you everywhere you go. Therefore, it is very necessary for you to know that everywhere you stand is your pulpit, not just the pulpit in your church. As an administrator, your office is your pulpit! As a lecturer, your classroom is your pulpit! From every pulpit comes a message, so ask yourself, “what message am I sending out?” I pray that the eyes of your understanding would be enlightened as you read through.

 

God bless. Happy reading!

Ademola Adedeji, 29^th^ August, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 1

 

Called to the pulpit, but…

 

And Moses said unto the children of Israel, see, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hier, of the tribe of Judah;

And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;

And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work. (Exodus 35: 30-33; King James Version)

 

Since the fall of Adam, God has always beamed his light on people to show us what it means to be separated from the crowd. The first well known person was Enoch who had the testimony of having walked with God: and he was not; for God took him (Genesis 5: 24). He was not sent to any people as an apostle, and neither was he a prophet. But God was satisfied with just having him around to fellowship with.

 

Noah was the second prominent personality to be called by God. But unlike Enoch, he was called to perform a rather tedious task. He had to build an ark and still preach the message of reconciliation to his erring generation. So that those that believed him would enter the ark and be saved from the impending floods (read Genesis 6-8).

 

After Noah came a mighty man in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. His name was Nimrod; the man who abused the call. He used his prominence to move the heart of men away from the LORD, and the beginning of his kingdom was Babel (read Genesis 10: 8-10). He was arguably the founding father of the Babylonian Concept.

 

Terah, the father of Abram, had a brainwave to be separated from his people and settled in the land of Canaan. But just like many of us today, he was not sensitive enough to understand that the urge was from God; he settled in Haran, and died there (Read Genesis 11: 31-32). His was the case of an incomplete obedience, and his stay in Haran was tagged ‘wasted years’ by the publishers of my Study Bible.

 

Abram, before his name was later changed to Abraham, was called by God to separate himself from the idolatry of his land. He was called out of the land of Haran, and he moved to the land of Canaan (read Genesis 12: 1-5).

 

Isaac was ‘the called’ out of the children of Abraham.

 

Jacob was preferred to Esau.

 

Joseph was God’s favorite among the twelve sons of Jacob. He served as the fore-runner of the children of Israel to the land of Egypt, from where they were ‘called out’ after four hundred and thirty years.

 

The exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt is symbolic of the pilgrimage of the church of God here on earth. The church is the spiritual Israelites ‘called out’ of darkness into the marvellous light of God.

 

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light (1 Peter 2: 9; KJV)

 

 

When the children of Israel were being ‘called out’ of Egypt, Moses was the one called to lead. He later became a prophet; while Aaron was called into the priesthood. So it has been the practice of God that from time to time, He calls people into their various assignments which represent their respective pulpits.

 

Therefore, it is understandable when we see different people from one generation to the other coming into prominence, but with different assignments. You will quite agree with me that just as Moses was called so was Joshua, albeit, to complete the work that the former started. After them were other prominent individuals like Gideon, Deborah, Samuel, David, Elijah, Esther, Daniel and others, who were called to perform peculiar assignments at different times.

 

Prior to Genesis 35: 30, Moses was shown the vision of a Tabernacle that God wanted him to build. But he did not have the skill to accomplish such a herculean task; he was unlike Noah who was both a preacher and a craftsman. Hence, Moses needed a man who God had prepared for the task, to be called to the pulpit, and that man was Bezaleel.

 

Was Bezaleel the only man with that required skill at the time in history? Was it that God picked him on random? Or was his choice on purpose? Let me not make too much puzzle out of this, because by the meaning of his name you will understand why Bezaleel, and not someone else!

 

In the shadow of God

 

As I was preparing for this book, I thought of finding out the meaning of the name Bezaleel and some other names I will later talk about. It is interesting to note that Bezaleel means “in the shadow of God”. What does it mean to be in the shadow of someone else? Depending on the direction of the source of light, your shadow can be in your front, by your side or behind you.

 

In the light of the above, it means Bezaleel had a close relationship with God. Being in the shadow of God means he was closely following God. He was a God-seeking-believer. He was not only following God, he was also walking by His side, just like Enoch. This is indicative of fellowship and communion with God. Then the man in the shadow of God was, as well, walking in the front of God. In other words, he walked before God and had no choice than to be perfect (read Genesis 17: 1).

 

For Bezaleel to continue to be in the shadow of God, he had to walk at the pace of God. He would not be too slow, or too fast. He must be ready to follow God’s direction, not his own. He must be doing the will of God and not his. He must be focused. He must be sensitive to the move of God. He must draw near enough to remain in God’s shadow. He must stay close to His Creator. He must not only seek God’s Presence, he must also cherish it. He must always be conscious of God’s Presence. The man ‘in the shadow of God’ is the man who is committed to his relationship with God, because he values it.

 

Here lies the greatest challenge of our time, whenever we see a man that perfectly fits into the description given above, we label him a pastor. But from the biblical fact, Bezaleel was neither a priest nor a prophet; he was just a God-fearing craftsman. There are many of our brothers and sisters who had lowered the fervency of their relationship with God because they didn’t want to be tagged ‘pastor’. Permit me to tell you that the moment you are born again, you have also been ‘called’. Albeit, not necessarily as a pastor.

 

I should also let you know that though you have been called out of darkness, you cannot be at your best until you choose to be ‘in the shadow of God’. Remember the scripture that says “draw near unto me and I will draw near unto thee”? It is for your good to diligently seek God (read Hebrews 11: 6). When we reduce our commitment to God because we are ashamed of being called a pastor, it is not to the disadvantage of God. We only make ourselves dance to the tune of the devil. We would end up playing the loser, because God is only obliged to be committed to those who are committed to Him.

 

It is ‘in the shadow of God’ that we become relevant, either in life or in ministry. If just to keep the presence of God, you are committed to fasting, prayer, and studying the word of God; you are building your spiritual intelligence. You would become wiser and be able to give more useful counsel to people. You would know how well to encourage those who are downcast. You would build your spiritual muscle and so become a terror to the devil. Your spiritual strength will make you to be of help to many with spiritual problems beyond their spiritual strength. When you do this, you would become more honourable and relevant. As you help people, you become blessed- by both God and man.

 

If we all commit ourselves to the word of God concerning marriage, there would not be problems at the home front. The man would love his wife as Christ loves the church. The woman would submit to her own husband. Parents would not provoke their children. Children would reverence and honour their parents in the Lord. As we do this we would raise a future of godly people.

 

If we are committed to evangelism, we would have saved prostitutes that have the tendency of spreading sexually transmitted diseases to many promising, but sexually reckless young men. We would have also freed our streets of criminals, and reduce, if not totally eradicate the crime rates in our society. Guys that would have threatened our lives or properties tomorrow as kidnappers, assassins or armed robbers, would have been saved today. Witches, wizards and many that could constitute spiritual threats to us would have been delivered. Our commitment to evangelism would have ensured for us a safe and peaceful environment.

 

If we are committed to tithing, our heavens would always be open, and God would not deny us the promised blessings. He would also rebuke the devourers for our sakes, and we would not spend our money on that which would not do us good.

 

If we are committed to giving to the poor, we would be lending to God, and he will surely pay us back bountifully. If we give offerings regularly and sacrificially, we open up streams of blessings that would run over our lives.

 

If we are committed in the House of God, He would not leave our house desolate.

 

If you pay a very close consideration to all this, being ‘in the shadow of God’ is more to our advantage than it is to God.

 

God is both self-sufficient and all-sufficient! Therefore, when people call you pastor for being committed to God, remember that being called a pastor does not make you one. Do not be discouraged! Do not draw back! Do not lower the fervency of your service to God. Always remember that it is only ‘in the shadow of God’ that you can become relevant. Remember also that though you may not be a pastor, you are also called to the pulpit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 2

 

You are also called!

 

Is everyone an apostle? Of course not. Is everyone a pastor? No. Are all teachers? Does everyone have the power to do miracles? Does everyone have the gift of healing? Of course not. Does God give all of us the ability to speak in unknown languages? Can everyone interprete unknown languages? No! (1 Corinthians 12: 29-30; New Living Translation (NLT))

 

God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift of showing kindness to others, do it gladly (Romans 12: 6-8; NLT)

 

The story of Bezaleel told in Exodus 35: 30-33 clearly explains that everyone called out of the world or darkness is called into an assignment. After God had called Bezaleel, He filled him with the spirit to devise curious works. He was wired with the ability to use gold, silver, brass, stones, and wood to perform all manner of workmanships. He could also easily transfer the technology to others.

 

Moses was filled by God with the spirit to operate in the capacity of a prophet and as the leader of the nation. Aaron was called into the priesthood and had to serve on the Lord’s Table. But when Bezaleel, who was a subordinate of both Moses and Aaron, mounted the pulpit, he could perform a task that none of the two leaders could perform, despite their heavy anointing and closeness to God. This is due to the fact that, he was the one being imbued with the ability for that specific assignment; not Moses and Aaron, though they were older and more experienced in matters of life.

 

I hope you can understand the point I’m making by bringing Bezaleel close enough to the sides of Moses and Aaron. I am not trying to elevate the skilful man to the status of those two heavily anointed men of God. Not at all!

 

I want us to stop looking at the call in terms of the five-fold ministry alone. There are many more things we are not paying attention to. When many of us mirror our ministerial image, we only look out for an apostle, a pastor, a teacher, a prophet, or an evangelist. When we cannot find any of these abilities in us, we look no more, because we conclude we are not called. What about struggling to clad yourself in the regalia of a prophet, when the mirror clearly indicates you are an evangelist? Perhaps there is a misconception that being a prophet is more honourable and as well more rewarding than being an evangelist.

 

Apostle Paul was very laud in his letter to the church in Corinth that not everyone is called to be an apostle (see 1 Corinthians 12: 29-30). He did not guarantee that everyone is endowed to be a prophet or a teacher as well. Using what the English experts would call rhetoric questions, he made it clear that we may not all have what it takes to perform miracles or healings, and to speak or interprete unknown languages. But that is not enough reason to say that you are not called. He was only trying to encourage the church of his time to focus on their specific ability, and never think less of themselves, even when their ministry may be seemingly unpopular. I guess this may be true of you as well!

 

If you are still in doubt of this, it is possible you are still playing the game of comparison! You have not yet seen yourself good enough a pastor like Pastor E. A. Adeboye, an evangelist like Reinhard Bonnke, a prophet like Prophet S. K. Abiara, a teacher like either Dr. Mensa Otabil or Brother Gbile Akanni, or an apostle like Bishop Dag Heward-Mills. Therefore, you still think you are not called.

 

Permit me to say you are also called! Did I hear you say how or for what? God has given you, too, the ability to do certain things well. Think about it! You have my permission to stop reading this book for a while, if that’s what it takes. Just think about it. As long as you are a child of God, who has understood what it means to be in His shadow; the ability that makes you do certain things well is a pointer to the assignment in your care.

 

If your Bible is not with you, simply go back to the beginning of this chapter, read Romans 12: 6-8 again and again. From that text you will understand that serving others can also be a call! It is not everybody that has the ability to serve well. If you are doing well serving your pastor as an usher or a protocol officer, settle for that. When you do that well, you have answered a call. Do not wriggle your way into becoming a pastor; you are already in the ministry of help.

 

When you have money, you already qualify for the ministry of generosity. Generosity? Yes! It may not sound like a spiritual assignment to be generous, but the apostle said it is, so I concur. The only reason why God would make you to have more than enough is because He wants you to abound to every good work (read 2 Corinthians 9: 8). He wants you to generously share your wealth with the ‘have-nots’. He wants you to willingly finance the projects of His kingdom. Therefore, if God has blessed you with financial abundance, focus on being generous, rather than struggling to become a pastor or a teacher. Your primary ministry is that of generosity, so be committed to that first. If it pleases God, He can give you a pastoral ability.

 

Leadership is also a call! If you have leadership ability, the apostle said that you should take the responsibility seriously. It is enough a serious responsibility to be an administrator, if you are not called to be a pastor. It may be a hard truth to say that, the fact that you are the parish pastor does not mean you can lead the church well. If you do not have the leadership ability, you will fail woefully, and the church will suffer for it. I really do not want to talk about this, but kindly accept this simple counsel of mine. If you know that your church administrator or assistant pastor has the leadership ability that you lack as a pastor, let him take the lead when it comes to taking crucial decisions. God may use you to make him understand that by his leadership ability he does not have to become a pastor to be relevant. When he does well, he will never forget you for helping him discover his uncommon ministry, known as the ministry of leadership.

 

Encouragement is another very important ministry that many of us are not aware of; not to talk of knowing how spiritual it is. Barnabas was one apostle imbued with this ability. He encouraged the early church with his resources. This was an act that Ananias and Saphira wrongly copied, and paid with their lives for doing so. He encouraged Saul, a young convert, to be properly integrated into the church. He encouraged the church to accept Saul, which everyone was scared of (before he later changed his name to Paul). He encouraged Mark, whose excesses could not be overlooked by Paul. This same Mark was later found useful to Paul; thanks to Barnabas for encouraging him to stand in the faith.

 

You can read more about Barnabas in my book “The Sons of Encouragement”. As a matter of fact, the name Barnabas simply means ‘Son of Encouragement’ or ‘Son of Consolation’. You cannot do well in the ministry of encouragement, just like in any other ministry, if you are not ‘in the shadow of God’. You need to draw the right word or mode of action from the Holy Spirit, and you can only do this well if you fellowship well with Him. If it comes natural with you to encourage others, please work with it; you have been called into the ministry of encouragement!

 

Be reminded that we have been discussing Romans 12: 6-8. You might as well notice that I have not yet said anything about pastor, prophet and teacher, also mentioned in that text. Well, I may be silent on them because these are very popular ministries and those called into any of them know they are without doubts. But if you have been wrongly parading yourself as a teacher, pastor or prophet, having read this book thus far, you should have discovered your true call. However, if you are still in doubt, it means I have not yet discussed your own ministry, and that can only be the ministry of kindness.

 

Showing kindness to others is also a gift, and it requires being used gladly. All the children of God are expected to be kind to others. But when you are extra ordinarily kinder than the other brethren; then you might have been called into the ministry of kindness.

 

I have identified three types of negative, reversed or inverted kindness. The first being circumstantial kindness. This is the type of kindness brought about when people are in a circumstance where they need some kind of help. A poor man may be kind. A jobless man may be kind to the security guy at the entrance of the company he had gone to submit an application. Let these people get out of the circumstance, and then you will see their true colour.

 

The second is the enforced kindness. This is the kindness displayed by people due to the nature of their jobs. Aircraft hosts and hostesses, hotel waiters and waitresses, and many others fall in this category. Many of us are forced to be kind to our clients and customers for us to pay our bills.

 

The last is the pretentious kindness. It is very important to note that this is common among us Christians. We are only kind to people when we are in the four walls of the church building. The moment we stepped out, everybody is ‘on your own’ (O-Y-O). It is pretentious kindness that makes us drive pass brothers and sisters that sat in the auditorium with us. We smiled at each other, and greeted each other while in the church. We even shifted for them to sit. But the moment we hit the road, we are not kind enough to find out if they are heading our direction.

 

However, if you are exceptionally kind; you do it with gladness. If you are kind to those who do not ask for it; if you are kind to those who do not deserve it; if you are kind to those who cannot pay you back. Then kindness is your own ministry. Pay attention to it!

 

So far so good, being called is no longer the issue, but being aware that you too are called. But I make bold to say that you are now aware that you are also called.

 

The lack of the understanding, of being called, is what makes many of us to be careless with our conduct and comportment in the public. This is also what is responsible for our lack of commitment to God, be it in the closet or in our services in His House. The reason why you have been drawing back is because you do not want people to tag you a pastor, but being tagged a pastor does not make you one. Your ministry is only a function of your God’s given ability to do certain things well. Therefore, if that ability is not in pastoring, even though you are also called to the pulpit, you are not a pastor!

 

 

Some examples for your consideration

 

And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.

And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither (2 Kings 4: 8-10; KJV)

 

I will like to use the story of this woman in Shunem to point us to other prominent characters in the bible. Her name was not mentioned but she was introduced as a great woman.

 

There are people, in the bible, who were not known as pastors, prophets, teachers, evangelists or apostles. Although some of them eventually showed the traits of these five-fold ministries, but they were not introduced to us as such in the beginning.

 

The great woman of Shunem

 

In the text above, we read about Elisha, whose ministry can be defined as prophetic. He unknowingly walked into another ministry. He was already on the pulpit as a prophet, but at this point, his presence was essential in validating the ministry of a woman called to the pulpit for an entirely different ministry. Being called a great woman, could be interpreted to being a woman in the armed force; a woman of royalty; or a woman of affluence. However, in her case she was not a military woman; neither was she a queen nor a princess. But going by what she did, it is right to call her a woman of affluence. She was a woman of great wealth!

 

If we x-ray this great woman of Shunem in the light of Romans 12: 6-8, there are many things to be said about her. She automatically qualified for the ministry of generosity by the reason of her wealth. She had money and it is expected of the people in her class to share with others generously.

 

She gave Elisha the assistance he did not ask for. That was an act of kindness, so she also qualified for the ministry of kindness.

 

She encouraged her husband to support her plan for the man of God. In doing that she was qualified for the ministry of encouragement.

 

Finally, together with her husband, they prepared a room for Elisha, set the bed, table and stool for him. They rendered a service with no reward attached; they were both qualified for the ministry of help.

 

Mother Sarah

 

The story of the biblical mother Sarah gives us a clear picture of the operations of the ministry of help. She was always willing to serve her husband, father Abraham. You would see her helping him host strangers as visitors. She went to the extent of being ready to go with another man for her husband not to be killed. Please, do not misinterpret this; I am not encouraging you as a woman to commit adultery in order to bail out your husband. I will soon discuss the message she preached from her pulpit later. Therefore, rather than selling your body to help anyone, cry to God who is the very present help in trouble.

 

Sarah even went to the extent of donating her maid to her husband to help him end the problem of childlessness. Interestingly when she had her Isaac, she helped him also to fight the likely problem of rivalry. She insisted that Abraham must send Hagar and Ishmael away. Sarah was always helping, knowingly and unknowingly.

 

Joseph

 

Joseph had a three-fold ministry in help, encouragement and leadership. In Genesis 35 where we read about how he was sold into slavery by his disgruntled brothers, he was rendering a service. His father sent him to check the welfare of his elder brothers and return with report. When they later captured him and threw him into the pit, we were told “they were sitting down to eat” (read Genesis 35: 25). Where did his brother get the food from? It was the food Joseph brought for them.

 

When he got to the house of Potiphar, he served well and his leadership ability came to the fore. In the prison, he displayed the gift of encouragement, always paying attention to the countenance of other prisoners. He was helpful and as well a leader. His ability to solve the problem of famine for Egypt while out of prison was from both the ministry of help and that of leadership. We always remember him as the dreamer boy, but we often forget that being able to dream and interprete dreams accurately speak of a man with a prophetic ministry.

 

Daniel

 

Daniel was an exceptional administrator, but everywhere he appeared he was always the voice to be heard. In the book of Daniel chapter six, he was among the three presidents appointed by King Darius to oversee the activities of the one hundred and twenty princes he selected to run the affairs of his kingdom. He was the leader of the three presidents and the other princes, because they discovered he had the leadership ability. This among many others confirms that Daniel was called to the pulpit to lead. However, reading through the book of Daniel, we will totally agree that like Joseph, he also had a prophetic ministry, though we often remember him as an administrator.

 

Bezaleel

 

Bezaleel was not just a skilful craftsman; he also had a leadership ministry.

 

Nehemiah

 

Nehemiah was also a man with a successful leadership ministry, and like Bezaleel, his popularity did not come from being a pastor.

 

David

 

David was an audacious leader who could confront the giant. It took a man with a rare leadership ability to transform a group of indebted, disgruntled, dejected, depressed, discouraged and hopeless men into mighty men of valour.

 

He showed help to Nabal by rendering a voluntary service to keep watch over his flock and servants (read 1 Samuel 25). His fight for the lives of his father’s sheep from both the lion and the bear, as a shepherd boy, showed that he had a pastor’s heart.

 

When you read through many of the psalms attributed to him, you will agree with me that he as well had the traits of a prophet.

 

Dorcas

 

In Acts 9: 36, 39, we have the story of a woman called into the ministry of generosity and that of kindness. She was simply introduced as a certain disciple. She was not an apostle, but Dorcas would always be remembered for her good works, which she did gladly.

 

In our contemporary age we have many people who stood out for something good, but were and are not pastors.

 

Florence Nightingale

 

Florence Nightingale, the founder of the modern nursing profession, realised earlier in life that she was called into the ministry of help. From childhood she had always loved to help people alleviate their pains and weariness. So she made the right choice to become a nurse.

 

Mother Teresa

 

Mother Teresa was not popular as a female pastor; she lived her life helping the poor. She had an exceptional passion for helping the destitute. In her words, “the greatest disease is not leprosy, but that of being unwanted”.

 

She had the gift of kindness and she used it gladly. Before her death, she once told the law makers in the United States that rather than legalizing abortion, they should tell the women with the unwanted pregnancies to give birth and bring the babies to her.

 

She was a European woman who lived her life in India, and was ready to adopt unwanted babies from America. When she won the Nobel Prize for Peace, she used the cash reward to feed the poor; that was exceptional! She was a good minister of generosity.

 

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. would always be remembered for his famous speech “I have a Dream” delivered to 200,000 civil right supporters on 28th August, 1963. Only a few would remember him as a pastor, but he was a man with audacious leadership ability.

 

He led people to fight against the monster called Racism and this he did non-violently. Although, we can still perceive the dust of racism in the air, but it has become an offence that can be legally prosecuted all over the world. Therefore, if you have a black man as president of the United States of America on two terms today, look back in time and thank the man who answered the call into the ministry of leadership.

 

Elder Felix Ohiwerei

 

Elder Felix Ohiwerei is a member of the Elder’s Council of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, but he is also popular in Nigeria as a Titan in the Corporate World. Some years back as Business Development Executive for a private media house in Lagos, Nigeria, it was part of my duties to profile leading companies in Nigeria for sponsorship canvassing. Then I would always found the name Felix Ohiwerei listed among the board members of some of those companies, even as board chairman in some cases. This made me to be interested in his person.

 

Few years after, I got an invitation to a forum organised by a student group where he was to address the students at Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. It was then he told us that he did not enter the Industry as a born again Christian, but he eventually surrendered his life to God who took him all the way to the top.

 

Elder Ohiwerei, though a very close ally to Pastor E. A. Adeboye, is not a pastor. He is known as an exceptional administrator; a man with a distinct leadership ability.

 

After the occasion with the students, where I was among the non-student participants, I wrote an article tagged ‘2-hour with Felix Ohiwerei’ and also mentioned him in my book ‘Instant Knowledge’.

 

What about me?

 

In case you are still asking, what about me? Where do I stand? Even though you have agreed that you are also called, but you are not yet sure as to what. You only know that you can sing. The only ability you have is to write. You do not know of any other gift than acting. You work in the sanitation department and you still wonder if there is anything special or spiritual about it! You are a passionate intercessor and it does not seem to you a ministry. For this reason I suggest you read the following lines slowly.

 

If you have the passion for praying and intercession, be committed to it. With time, God will identify you as someone He can share secrets with. He would tell you about the bad things you need to resist in prayers and the good things you need to pray into manifestation. When you begin to get revelation knowledge, you are getting close to the ministry of prophet. But do not look too far; you are already in the ministry of help. You will be of tremendous help to your leaders and many others, by regularly going on your knees.

 

If you take pleasure in working in the sanitation department, yours is also the ministry of help. You are helping the church to keep a clean and a germ free environment. It is not everybody that can do that. But the truth is that if not for you, not even the pastor will find the church environment conducive. You have been of good help to the entire body of Christ; it may appear you are uncelebrated, but please, keep the good work going.

 

Let me seize this opportunity to appreciate the likes of Mr. Tonye Cole and others, for doing what many of us would not attempt during the monthly Holy Ghost Services of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. I am saying thank you, for giving us a clean Congress Arena on Redemption Camp, Nigeria. God bless you all!

 

For someone who is gifted in writing, you can operate in different ministries. As a script writer, you are in the help ministry serving the church through the drama ministers.

 

Through writing to encourage others, you qualify for the ministry of encouragement.

 

When you write to give people deep insight to help them make good decisions; you operate the leadership ministry.

 

When you teach biblical principles and doctrines through your writing; you are equally a teacher, so your ministry is teaching.

 

Therefore, if the only thing you can do is to write, you are also called to the pulpit; all you need to do is to pay a close attention to your message.

 

It is more convenient for me to think of the instrumentalists as being called into the ministry of help. You complement the ministrations of singers and as well preachers.

 

In addition to help, those called into singing can also operate in the encouragement, prophetic and evangelistic ministries. Therefore, operate with understanding and let only God take the glory over your ministry.

 

As a Christian playwright and actor, I can correctly say that if you do Christian drama, you are also called. As a matter of fact, the stage or the pulpit is always the platform on which you minister to others. May I also tell you that your first ministry is that of help? You complement the works of the pastors and evangelists.

 

The ministry of encouragement is close by, as you encourage others to continue trusting God through your action on the stage. Many people had been encouraged to trust God for their miracles having seen it happened in drama presentations.

 

A Christian drama minister can also operate as a teacher, prophet or evangelist through his or her stage performances. I can personally testify to what God has done through my play and acting to establish this truth, so believe me.

 

I perceive you are eager to see how I would relate your career to a ministry. If you can convince me that you are a child of God, then I will remind you that wherever you are is your pulpit. For as long as you remain in God, His marvellous light would always be focused on you.

 

Therefore, the cash room, the banking hall, the kitchen, the classroom, the studio, the newsroom, the press and various offices are different platforms to prove your worthiness as a Christian.

 

I will soon talk about why it is important to understand that where you are is your own pulpit. Even when you are oblivious of it, your life is daily preaching a message to others. This should give you a hint on the reality of your call to the pulpit; because in a conventional church, message only proceeds from the pulpit.

 

All I intend for you to know for now and agree to is the fact that you are also called. And it will be my greatest delight to find out that I have done just that. Continue reading; there are more insights to be expounded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 3

 

1 Levite + 3 Reubenites

 

Now Korah, the Son of Izhar, the son Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them; wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? (Numbers 16: 1-3)

 

And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?

Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up.

And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offerings: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. (Numbers 16: 12-15)

 

My primary assignment with this book is to remind you as often as possible that though you may not be a pastor, you are also called to the pulpit. Your number 1 criterion for the pulpit is being a child of God, being born again. You also need to understand that your ability to do certain things well is a pointer to the assignment you have to accomplish on your pulpit. Our failure to understand this simple truth results in conflict of identity and recognition, and this could be both cancerous and lethal to the body of Christ.

 

In the above bible text, we have the unpleasant story of a man who never understood nor valued his position in the congregation of the people of God. For this reason, he abandoned his own duty post, disregarded his own call, and staged a protest against a man who was observing his own divine mandate.

 

The behaviour of Korah was characteristic of many of us today. When we fail to pay attention to the gift of God in us; when we disregard His call in our lives, we fall for the temptation of envying and ill-speaking of those who are popular for adhering to their divine assignment.

 

As a Levite like Aaron and Moses, Korah was related to them by the blood line. Therefore, more than his other acquaintances, he was qualified to serve in the Tabernacle of God. But he was ignorant of the fact that he might not have been a priest like Aaron or a prophet like Moses, he was also called.

 

He failed to understand that he did not have to be as popular as Moses before he could serve God acceptably. He did not understand that he might lack the ability to lead, yet with the ability to serve, he could go places. He did not understand that some people could be called as prophets, priests or pastors; there are also those who are called to the ministry of help. He failed to understand that everybody will only be rewarded for abiding by his call.

 

As it was in the time of Korah so it is in the present days. When we do not understand who we are; what we carry; and what we can deliver, we engage in witch-hunting. We spend all the time assassinating the character of others, particularly those who have discovered themselves and are sold out to their call.

 

We gossip, backbite, criticise, and seek the fall of those who are standing in their territory. We envy their success, but fail to understand that they are who they are by doing God’s will for their lives. They succeed because God had imbued them with the abilities to do well in the specific assignment He had committed to their hands.

 

We do not realise that we would equally succeed if only we can concentrate on the little things we can do well, rather than focusing on the big achievements of others.

 

It is ok to say that Korah betrayed his family relationship with Aaron and Moses. He connived with three Reubenites to raise a team of 250 persecutors against his fellow Levites. This is very symbolic of the war of envy in the church, even today. It is a representation of what many of us, Christians, do to our fellow brothers and sisters. We do not only spread the negative report about them within the church; we take it out!

 

Follow me patiently as we closely look at the pattern of this unholy war, employed by the case study.

 

Now Korah … took men

 

When we read that they ‘took men’, we should understand that it was not that they were holding those men by their hands. No! They did not take them by hands. They simply used their words to win the support of those men. They would have probably started by an expression of their disapproval of the leadership style of Moses and Aaron.

 

This is one thing that we all are guilty of. We lead people around, if not astray, by our words. Through the words of our mouth we ‘take men’ to where they never intended to go. This would not have been wrong if it is to take them to their desired haven and not into disaster.

 

I would not know if Korah did not get the attention of the other Levites when he started expressing his grievances about Moses and Aaron to them. I would not know if those other Levites had a better understanding of brotherly love than him, and so were not taken by his words. I would not know if they only vehemently resisted being taken by his words when they remembered how Miriam was punished for taking Aaron by words to criticise the decision of Moses in the past (read Numbers 12: 1-15). But here is a Levite, with three Reubenites taking two hundred and fifty men by words.

 

How often do we table the issues of our pastors in our offices? How often do we make jest of our spiritual leaders in social gatherings? How many times have we made what we do not like about men of God topical issues in places where unbelievers can eavesdrop or even be part of the conversation? What about what we do on the social media?

 

Whether we know it or not, we have taken many men by our words, to share our disapproval of others with us. The unbelievers know next to nothing about the problems of the church, but we are the ones feeding them with information; washing our dirty linen in the open!

 

And they rose up before Moses

 

There is a common saying in the Yoruba adage that is interpreted as “it is the internal informant that points the way to the invading thief”. It would be totally impossible for a first time visitor to identify a child who frequently bed wets, except he was told by a member of the family. No unbeliever would have had the courage of criticising the leaders of the church, if we have not taken our words to them.

 

Those men were able to rise against Moses, because they were taken by the words of Korah. In other words, it was the agitation of Korah that gave them the courage to rise against Moses. It is as good as saying “if a Levite does not see anything bad in speaking against his fellow Levite, then we are not at fault standing against him”. In fact, it was to their delight that the protest was ignited by someone who was a tribesman to Moses.

 

When we see those who are not members of our faith openly finding faults in Christianity, do not blame them. The fault is ours! We are the ones who trade the weaknesses of our leaders in the market place. We only see the successes of most of our pastors; we are not privy to their sufferings. We envy them for their prizes but we fail to acknowledge the prices they have paid.

 

Where was Korah when Moses left all his rights to royalty in Egypt and ran to the desert, where he became a Shepherd to the priest of Midian? Where was he when Moses was being tested by fire at the backside of the desert?

 

Where was he when Aaron, who was two steps ahead of Moses by birth, became a servant to the latter? Where was he when they had to risk their lives before the hard-hearted Pharaoh, demanding the freedom of the children of Israel? Where was he when Moses was lost on the mountain for forty days and forty nights, with no food or water?

 

It is heart-rending that we have encouraged the unbelievers to stand up to our brothers and sisters, to whom we have been joined by the blood of Jesus Christ. Since we have failed to pay the price to acquire the spiritual power and energy to cast out demons, set the captives free, heal the sick and work miracles, we labelled those being used of God as occultists. Therefore, we give unbelievers the right to call all miracles magic. They can speak of miracles as being stage-managed.

 

We fail to understand that God’s blessing is a reward for obedience. There is no one doing what God has put in his hand that is not entitled to divine blessings. We lead the criticism against those who become popular and well blessed by performing their divine mandates. We do not only do it in the church, we take it everywhere we go.

 

With our attitude we have made it easier for unbelievers to run their mouth against successful men of God. They are able to call pastors thieves, because we give them the audacity. We make it look as if it is a sin to be rich. We give the world a wrong impression that no pastor can be rich except he steals from the church treasury. For what reason then was Christ made poor in spite of his riches? (Read 2 Corinthians 8: 9)

 

I think we should show a little sincerity on our part, by telling the world the truth about ourselves. Let us tell the world that we are no match to those our beloved brothers and sisters because of our spiritual complacency.

 

We should tell the world that we are nowhere near their success because of our negligence. We should let them know that who we are is a product of our slothfulness in spiritual matters.

 

We should let them know that we are where we are because of what we do or fail to do. Our little prize is a true reflection of the prices we are willing to pay. What we have is a function of what we give! (Read 2 Corinthians 8: 6)

 

Famous in the congregation

 

Korah did not take just ordinary men; he did not raise mean or average men against Moses. He raised men who were famous in the congregation; men of renown.

 

When you read the accusations of these men against Moses you will understand that this is typical of those we know as the gentlemen of the press. If you want any information to spread fast, give it to the news peddlers.

 

In the modern day, we also use the social media and smart phones to spread all manners of information.

 

I do not need to remind you that there are many pressmen that have become rich and very famous spreading information that are not always true. This explains why occasionally many of the popular Newspapers write rejoinders to apologize for wrong information published in an earlier edition of their publication.

 

Mind you, they have made some money off you from giving you wrong information. The money is non-refundable and neither is the new edition free, you still have to pay to see the correct information.

 

It will be worse if you do not see the correct version of the Newspaper, and no one close to you sees the edition. It means you will get the wrong information stocked in your head for a long time and possibly spread that information to several others.

 

But if you care to know, somebody somewhere gave them that wrong information-be it a staff or an outsider.

 

There are many of our pressmen who trade in rumours, scandal, gossips, and false reports. It is no surprise to have a soft sell magazine tagged ‘scandal’ or specialists called ‘gossip journalists’. They amplify and exaggerate every little piece of information to make it appealing to their readers, listeners, viewers or followers.

 

The above is also true of everything you read about Christians, pastors and churches. Someone from inside the church would have fed the media with the information they broadcast about the body of Christ. That is if the writer is not an insider himself. But it would be more mischievously presented if the fellow being fed with the information is an unbeliever. Even though he might pretend to be giving the public genuine information, he would seize the opportunity to attack the integrity of the man of God, thereby attacking the credibility of Christianity.

 

At this juncture, I will like you to consider the repercussion of your careless complaints about any member of the body of Christ. You are a source of information that would later be badly presented to the public.

 

Your rumour mongering is killing the body of Christ, but it is enlivening a media organisation. The cause of your grievances is envy. But you are the one giving the pressmen the audacity to wrongly accuse that man of God of the offence that he is not even aware of.

 

You have suddenly made yourself a wiki leaks agent leaking out classified and confidential information about your pastor to the media.

 

They accused Moses of taking too much upon himself and lifting himself above the congregation; but that was not true! This was the man that God himself called the meekest man ever to live on earth.

 

Imagine how many times you have misinterpreted the boldness of your pastor as pride. How many times have you spoken of the confidence of that brother as arrogance? You have taken it to the table of the pressmen and it is now on the front page of the Newspaper or the gossip magazine.

 

They called the land of Egypt where they were in slavery as the land flowing with milk and honey! They made Moses to look like an impostor who had never done them any good but evil. That was malicious and exaggerated information. All these were happening because of the envy of a tribesman. That is the media for you!

 

Watch any news report; you will always see more of the negative than the positive events. Was it not the same Moses whose rod parted the red sea for them to walk through a dry ground in the belly of the Red sea?

 

Was he not the same man who prayed to God before they had the manna, the quail for the meat and water from the rock?

 

Why did they not include those feats in their lamentation? They complained that he had not given them an inheritance, which was as a result of their delay in entering the Promised Land.

 

Whenever you begin to criticise your pastor because of a failed project, please remember when you were jobless and he was responsible for your upkeep.

 

Remember you were barren and he prayed for you before you had your first child.

 

Remember when your husband was sick beyond medical interventions, but for his prayers, the father of your children would have died.

 

Remember how many times he had to fast and pray for your child in bondage to be set free.

 

Remember many good things he had done for you and your family in the past.

 

Please if you will not add all these to the information you are giving about him, then whatever you say about your pastor is not complete. If you will permit me to be blunt with you; you are simply being unfair to him!

 

The way the media amplified the wrong information they received made Moses to be provoked. I will not talk about the repercussion of that provocation now, let me safe it till later. But I need you to reconsider your way lest you provoke an anointed man of God. It does not matter if your profession is gossip journalism, be careful! God may be using this medium to warn you. I beg of you, take heed!

 

Be mindful of what you post on your social network page. Never disparage anything or anyone that is of God.

 

I remember sometimes ago when I posted some funny names some churches bear on my Facebook Page. Many people were taken by my words. Funny enough, nobody verified the authenticity of my information, just as I did not verify the credibility of my source.

 

Immediately it was posted, people started posting funny comments and criticisms. I was later corrected by the Holy Spirit that such information is not meant for that forum. It would not have been bad if the platform was exclusively for Christians. But in a situation where you have the unbelievers watching, that was like making a ridicule of the holy thing in the public.

 

This is the message I would not want you to forget in hurry. Let us be mindful of what we say about the body of Christ and its members, particularly when we know the information will get to the camp of the unbelievers.

 

I am not saying you close our eyes to the wrong deeds of our members or leaders, but let us channel our complaints to the right quarters. Above all, let us allow the Holy Spirit to guide our steps in such a time.

 

Everyman will answer his name, not just his father’s name

 

The insight from the meaning of the name Bezaleel prompted my inquisition of the meaning of the names of the other characters like Aholiab, Korah, Dathan, Abiram and On. I will only talk about Korah and Abiram for now. Korah means ‘baldness’, while Abiram means ‘father’ or ‘high’.

 

Abiram, was introduced to us from the scripture as a Reubenite, meaning a descendant of Reuben. Be reminded that Reuben was the first born of Jacob. Whereas in most large families, at times, the first born could be old enough to either father or mother some of the other children.

 

Speaking from personal experience, as the last born (alongside my twin sister) to my parents; the first born of my mother is old enough that I, at times, call him Daddy! Although we are siblings, but the age gap between us is so wide, and our tradition permits me to address him so.

 

Therefore, Abiram in this context speaks of some of us who have been old in the faith. We are old enough to be spiritual fathers to the people doing great exploits for God. That we are old in the faith is not bad, but being aggrieved that someone that is younger is now chosen over us is the problem.

 

We may have a similar case like that of Reuben who at a younger age followed the path that made his walk unstable, and hence would not excel (read Genesis 49: 2-3).

 

It could also be that we do not understand that leadership, just like the anointing, is not a function of age. It is only for those who God has chosen or those who have prepared themselves for the occasion. I may have to remind you of a Yoruba adage that says “an old age does not guarantee wisdom.”

 

The fact that you have been born again twenty years before that brother does not mean you should be better than him, particularly, in his own place of assignment. On the other hand, your old age does not mean you cannot be stronger than him when you stay in the territory God has placed you.

 

Do not be the clog in the wheel of the progress of your church, just because you are old enough to be a spiritual father to your pastor. Do not assume the post of the accuser of the brethren because that young sister is blazing. She is only answering her call; answer yours too. Time is no longer on your side, please!

 

It is a complete wrong notion to think that people that are younger than us in the faith cannot have a more vibrant ministry than us. That notion should better be corrected fast. Remember, Eli was still the presiding prophet in Israel when God started speaking to the boy Samuel.

 

The relationship of Barnabas and Paul gives us a classical example that we can model our lives after. At the beginning of their relationship, Barnabas was the leader. But as Paul matured in spiritual intelligence and church affairs, Barnabas stealthily relinquished leadership to him.

 

You may have to be reminded that Barnabas was already a renowned believer when Paul was still leading the mob to stone the followers of Christ. For your information, Barnabas though a Levite, yet recognized and acknowledged the leadership grace of God upon Paul.

 

Let me also advise parents not to underestimate the spiritual intelligence of their children. In the same vein, elder brothers or sisters should not underrate their younger siblings.

 

Abiram also means ‘high’. This speaks of people who are highly placed in wealth, academics, profession, and every sense of the word. It is natural to think that many of our junior colleagues, employees, domestic staff and servants, are subordinates to us in all things, even in spiritual matters. Since we lead them in all issues of life, we often resist their spiritual leadership. This too, is not correct!

 

If Naaman had resisted the advice of his Jewish slave girl, he would have died a leper, despite his wealth and military expertise.

 

Treat your subordinates with respect, because they are human beings too. Every human being has, at least, one thing that gives him an edge over the others. It may be your own saving grace, only if you will understand and allow their opinions to count on some occasions too.

 

Imagine how the great king Ahasuerus would have been assassinated in his kingdom, if he had disregarded the classified information of Modecai. Even though the latter was an old wretched slave saddled with the responsibility of manning the gate, the man on the throne never ignored his warning against the assailants of his soul.

 

In the book of the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 4 and verse 13, the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes and all the intelligent members of the city council, considered Peter and John to be unlearned, ignorant and ordinary men. But they marvelled at their boldness. Albeit, they later understood that the men they considered unlearned had been with Jesus.

 

I will not advise you to tell your subordinate to help you balance your account. It will be an ill counsel to ask you to tell him to help you draw a business plan. He may not be smart enough to help you solve that algebra. Telling him to help you proof read your write-up may be a tall order for him. But in as much as he has been with Jesus, he has some spiritual intelligence; please consider his spiritual leadership.

 

Finally on this note, Korah means ‘baldness’. How does a man become bald? Baldness could be hereditary, a sign of old age or the outcome of a long overburden of the head with heavy loads.

 

We can explain the problems of Korah with these three causes of baldness. He had the same mindset with Abiram, though he might not have been older than Moses. But he had always been known as a Levite from birth.

 

Therefore, he was unlike Moses who for the first forty years of his life was carrying the identity of an Egyptian. Hence, by interpretation, Korah had also been in the faith before Moses. Such a mentality as this has been explained while talking about Abiram.

 

The event in Exodus chapter 32 and verses 26 to 29 shows that the Levites had the track record of being supportive of their own; they were always on the Lord’s side to fight a just cause. But Korah’s behaviour was not typical of a good Levite. In other words, the cause of his baldness was not hereditary.

 

We have many believers who had rich spiritual backgrounds, but deviate to follow controversial parts. They were brought up with the doctrines of holiness, sanctification, but are now in pursuant of the pseudo freedom offered by the modern day Christianity.

 

Suddenly, they become aggressive, arrogant and unfriendly to those who have chosen to uphold the old time religion. The truth is that such cannot experience the peace of God that passes all understanding. They will always think that others are talking about them; please check yourself!

 

Lastly, if Korah’s baldness had been caused by overburden, then he must have been a professional load carrier. These are those that carry other people’s load to make a living. They give away a life to make a living. They mind other people’s business at the expense of theirs. They are professional critics who have a log of wood on their eyes, yet make a hell of noise about the speck on other people’s eyes. They neglect their call to bear the evil tale of the failures of others.

 

I have a word for such people: following your birth or rebirth, you already have enough duties to perform in the tabernacle. Return to your duty post. Mind your own business and let other mind theirs. Answer your call and let them answer theirs. That you carry someone’s load does not make it yours. Bear your own yoke! Stay glued to your plough and do not look back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[* Chapter -4- *]

 

Not that small!

 

Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them? And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also? (Numbers 16: 9-10; KJV)

 

In fact, some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary. (1 Corinthians 12: 22; NLT)

 

Salvation is not that small!

 

It is very easy for us to forget what we have when we dwell too much on what we do not have. Most often than not we judge ourselves by the prominent gifts in others, which are not in us. Many of us that do not manifest the same grace displayed by the people called into any of the well celebrated five-fold ministries tend to feel inferior, and often unappreciative of the grace we have. We have failed to know that our salvation itself is a product of grace.

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2: 8-9; KJV)

 

The gift of salvation is the best gift any man can receive from God; and it should be celebrated above any other gift. The call unto salvation is the most important on which other calls are validated.

 

If a man is not saved but speaks eloquently, he is merely an orator or a motivational speaker at best, but not qualified to be called a preacher or a pastor.

 

A man who heals the sick, though not born again, cannot be said to be operating the gift of healings that is from God; he is either a certified physician or a native doctor.

 

A man cannot be called a prophet just by being able to see visions or tell what would happen, if he is not saved, he can either be a fortune teller or a diviner.

 

In other words, the call unto salvation is the first and the best of all calls. It is only the gift manifested after salvation that can be validated as genuine and from God.

 

It is only through salvation that a man is called out of the world unto God. It is only through salvation that a man is separated from the crowd trooping to hell, to be set on the path to heaven. It is only through salvation that a man is called out of darkness into the marvellous light of God. It is only through salvation that a man is freed from the yoke and bondage of the devil. It is only through salvation that a man ceases to be a slave and becomes a child (son) of God. It is salvation that moves us closer to God, and qualifies us for the service of His House. Therefore, salvation is not a small thing.

 

It is not a small thing that you can call God, Father, because you are saved. It is not a small thing that you can pray to God, expecting an answer because you are saved. It is not a small thing that you can become untouchable to the devil, because you are saved. It is not a small thing that you have the Holy Spirit, because you are saved. It is not a small thing that you can hear God speak to you as you read the Holy Bible, because you are saved. It is not a small thing that you can dream of heaven and aspire to be there, because you are saved. Salvation is not a small thing!

 

If only you can see things from my perspective, you will begin to appreciate God for the salvation of your soul right from this moment. Even when you do not know what to thank God for, you will thank him because you are saved. Even when it appears you are not called to the pulpit as a pastor, you will still thank God because you are saved. Even when it is obvious you are not as gifted as others, you will still thank God for the gift of salvation. Even when people do not give you any special regard because you are not as anointed as some, you will still be happy since you are saved. Even when you do not have any earthly achievement to celebrate, you will continue to look forward to the celebration that awaits you in heaven, because you are saved. Salvation is not a small thing!

 

No service is small in God’s House

 

Bezaleel understood the fact that no service in God’s House is small. Rather than seeking the priesthood, he celebrated his skill of craftsmanship. He knew that what he had was not a small thing. He was from the tribe of Judah, so being appreciative of what he had was almost a lifestyle to him; he was thankful.

 

Bezaleel was not like Korah, a Levite who could take his service in the tabernacle for granted. He was also not like Dathan and Abiram, the Reubenites who would always like to be first, and would not appreciate any gift if it did not make them the leaders of the Camp.

 

There is no service in the House of God that is small. Imagine a church where there is no one willing to clean the church environment. Are we not going to have stinking toilets, dusty chairs and poorly littered floor? If cleanliness is truly next to Godliness, then we should expect the restricted move of the Spirit in such a church.

 

If the pastor is heavily anointed and there are no ushers or protocol officers to maintain order when people are under the influence of spirits, can imagine chaos the church would be thrown to?

 

If not for the praise worship leaders, many people would still be lost in thoughts when the preacher mounts the pulpit; but half of their burdens have been lifted when they sang and danced before God.

 

The people in the intercessory unit may appear weak and less important, but they are the bulldozers that pull down every evil structure to create a safe spiritual atmosphere for the pastor to operate.

 

Therefore, your ability to write and keep the publication department of the church working is not a small thing.

 

Pressing the keys; pulling the strings; blowing the air into the pipe; and hitting the band to give a harmonious and melodious sound for the congregation to dance to, is not a small thing.

 

Counting the offering and balancing the church account is not a small thing.

 

Getting the children to be orderly, rather than distracting the adult congregation is not a small thing.

 

Conceiving a drama story; writing the script; interpreting the role and acting it out on the stage, is not a small thing.

 

Coming early to the church and leaving late after others have left to keep the church environment clean is not a small thing. If it were easy, everybody would be doing it!

 

There is no small service in the House of God. Once you have an assignment you are effectively doing, please do not envy the pastor. Do not be envious of the teacher or the prophet just because they appear to be more popular. It is better to be relevant than to be popular. Some of the people that appear popular today have long lost their relevance before God; be relevant!

 

One other reason why no service in God’s House is small is that God is the Employer and the Rewarder of all. Everyone doing one thing or the other in the House of God is God’s employee.

 

Imagine yourself being employed by the president of your country. It does not matter what you do; you are a presidential staff. So serving in the House of God is not a small thing.

 

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shown toward his name, in that ye ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Hebrews 6: 10)

 

God is a righteous Rewarder, so if you render a service to attract or earn His reward, that service is not in any way small. Whatever service you render in God’s House, do it with all diligence.

 

Everything you do in the name of God attracts a reward. Stop being sorry for the gift you do not have; use the gift you have to serve God. Stop being apologetic for what you cannot do; do what you can do passionately. God rewards every service in his House. No service in God’s House is small!

 

Seek ye the priesthood also?

 

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them goods.

 

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

 

But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant… (Matthew 25: 14, 15. 18 and 26a)

 

There is nothing wrong in thinking or dreaming BIG! There is nothing wrong in seeking a better job offer. There is nothing wrong in coveting a spiritual gift. There is nothing wrong in aspiring to be great in the ministry. There is nothing wrong in desiring to do a greater exploit for God. There is nothing wrong in seeking the priesthood also. But it is very necessary to sit down, face the fact and ask “what is my motive?”

 

The problem is that, it is not all the people that seek greater responsibility that do so because of their zeal. Not all do so because of their love for God. Not all do so because of the desire to serve God more. Not at all! Lack of contentment is the root problem that pushes many to seeking a greater responsibility. Comparing themselves to someone else who is of same age or even younger, but occupying a higher position, is the main drive for seeking something more.

 

Closer to this is the problem of greed. Believing that the more the responsibilities the more the remuneration; the higher the position the higher the pay. Many people seek greater responsibilities because they want more money. It would not have been a problem if we are sincere enough to make it plain and clear. But we pretend as though it is our zeal or love for God that motivates us to seek the higher position; then it becomes a snare to us.

 

Imagine the dangerous path Gehazi was treading! He could have killed Elisha to get to the vantage position where all gifts or presents would come to him directly. Please, always check the motive behind your desire for that higher position.

 

Envy and jealousy are twin problems behind the aspiration of some of us. We believe we should always be better off than some people. If they can do something, we should be able to do it as well or even do it better. Envy or jealousy alone breeds an unhealthy competition, how much worse the combination of the two.

 

We seldom remember that God has wired us differently. Even identical twins may not be able to do the same thing equally well. One can be good at singing while the other, at preaching.

 

Why do I seek the priesthood? Ask yourself! Hope you are not doing so out of envy or jealousy or both. Hope you are not in an unhealthy competition with someone. The earlier you are sincere with yourself the better for you.

 

Insubordination may start as a simple disobedience to our immediate boss, but if not checked can lead us to doing the unimaginable. Insubordination will make you do anything to get rid of the boss, so as to become one.

 

If you cannot submit to an authority you may do anything to become the authority yourself. The birth of many firms and ministries is a reaction to the problem of insubordination. People resign or manipulate their redeployment because of insubordination. Some would frame up lies against their boss because of insubordination. Some of the industrial protests and strikes could be as a result of the insubordination of the ringleader.

 

If your talent is to help or serve, why do you seek the leadership? All you need to keep doing is praying for the spirit of submission.

 

Many people with the problem of insubordination are potential impostors. They are the kinds of people who would usurp the authority given to them on credit. They are oppressors who seek for power by all means. Since higher position brings higher power, they will wriggle their way through it.

 

Some may not have the patience, so they go brutal. They poison, murder, assassinate or do anything to eliminate the leader to make the position vacant for them to occupy. It may shock you to hear that we have people with such tendency, even in the House of God.

 

Whenever there is coup in a nation, it is not always in the spirit of revolution; it is an impostor out there using others to carry out his own secret agenda. Once again, why do you seek the priesthood?

 

Without mincing words, all the above are Lucifer’s attitude. I hope you have not forgotten who Lucifer is. Lucifer is simply the devil. That was his name before is abortive coup to overthrow God in heaven.

 

All I have said thus far are not limited to the church, it happens in the corporate world and even in families. Therefore, check your life. Are you not playing out the devil’s advocate or should I say the Lucifer’s attitude?

 

According to the scriptural text above, the reason why the man with one talent hid it was because of his wickedness and slothfulness. Why do you seek the priesthood? Is it just because of your zeal for the assignment? Why do you desire the higher position? Are you sure it is not because of any of the problems highlighted above? Please, judge yourself so that God can help you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[* Chapter -5- *]

 

Aholiab did not break away

 

*And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach,_ [[of the tribe of Dan.*]_]

 

*The*y hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work. (Exodus 35: 34-35; KJV)

 

Let me quickly remind you of where we started from. We started from the story of Bezaleel; a man called by God to perform a specific assignment that neither Moses nor Aaron could perform. It is this same man that the above text is referring to as the one that taught Aholiab the act of craftsmanship. But we are about taking our gaze from Bezaleel to Aholiab now.

 

When we consider the relationship between these two men, it will not be wrong to deduce that Aholiab to Bezaleel fits into any of the following descriptions: assistant, trainee, apprentice, subordinate, disciple, servant, mentee or employee. It is quite interesting to note that for as long as the story of these two men lasts, Aholiab maintained this status!

 

There are so many things to learn from the relationship, especially the attitude of Mr. Aholiab. The first thing to note is that the two men were not from the same tribe. Bezaleel was of the tribe of Judah, while Aholiab was of Dan. This means if God has shown you who should be your partner, say in ministry, business or marriage, do not raise questions about his tribe or ethnicity. Your successor in ministry or business does not have to be from your town, let alone your country or continent. But be assured, God’s choice for you will always be perfect.

 

The status of Aholiab which he kept throughout his relationship with Bezaleel says so many things which are totally different from what we just discussed in the immediate past chapter. His status speaks about submission, commitment, loyalty, faithfulness, service, cooperation, partnership, collaboration and even synergy. Interestingly, though some of these attributes are also connected to the meaning of his name.

 

Tent of the father

 

The name Aholiab means ‘tent of the father’. This name may not make sense except by the explanation of the Holy Spirit Himself.

 

What does the tent offer? The tent provides shield from both the sun and the rain. A man under the tent is not exposed, at least, not absolutely.

 

The tent is not a permanent structure; hence it can be moved at will from one place to the other to serve a required purpose without raising questions. In other words, it is flexible, pliable and always loyal.

 

If Aholiab was an assistant to Bezaleel, then Bezaleel was his boss or master. Your boss or master is equally your father in the ministry or business. An assistant or associate like Aholiab will always be a tent to his boss. He would be committed or loyal to that relationship between him and his boss. He had been mentored or disciple by his boss and the only way to show his appreciation is by remaining loyal or faithful to him.

 

He shields his boss from unceremonious exposure. He does not trade his boss’ nakedness or weakness in the public, no matter what happens. He moves as his boss moves, and he is always ready to willingly serve him anywhere he goes. He does exactly whatever his boss tells him. (Read Exodus 38: 22-23a)

 

I thought of it that even though, in the main text for this book, the name Bezaleel appears more than Aholiab, but it is possible that in some of those instances it was Aholiab carrying out the instructions of his boss accordingly.

 

I perceived that whatever Aholiab did, it was in the name and honour of Bezaleel, his master. He ran the errand for his boss in the exactitude, not adding to it, not taking anything away from it; and he would make it clear that the message was his boss’.

 

He adopted any idea given by his boss and successfully executed it. He never arrogated the glory brought by the success to himself, and rather than doing that, he would quickly bring his boss to the picture.

 

He was not eager to overtake or overthrow his boss; he was contented with being his assistant. Even when he had become an expert with the skill, he did not consider the option of breaking away. He knew that doing so could break the heart of his boss. He knew that such an action could kill both the ministry/business of his boss and his. He understood that whereas his boss has been called to lead, he has also been called to serve, which qualifies him for the ministry of help. Aholiab did not break away; he was his father’s tent.

 

The proliferation of churches, ministries and businesses today is a problem of breakaway. We now have many people who backstab their bosses. Having been groomed and trained in every sense of the business, the only way they pay back is by breaking away from their bosses.

 

Some of them would even leverage on the weaknesses of their masters; they are not ready to be the tent of their own spiritual or professional fathers.

 

I perceived this is a direct message for someone reading this book. Your spiritual father is not as learned as you are, yet he has given you all the necessary spiritual trainings to make you strong and successful. But instead of you to continue shielding him with your academic knowledge, you have dumped him in the cold to start your own ministry. His ministry is suffering now because of your decision. Although, you are presently doing well, but if you do not return to your duty post as your father’s tent, worse than what has befallen his ministry will soon befall yours.

 

 

 

 

 

Talking of cooperation, collaboration, partnership and synergy

 

When I look around today, I see a major problem, especially in this part of the world; everybody wants to be alone. We want to run our show alone so that we can take the ultimate glory and the reward all alone.

 

Look at Aholiab in the company of Bezaleel and the other wisehearted men. Imagine how much they were able to accomplish together. They might have been unable to do that much individually.

 

It is time to talk about cooperation. Let us talk about collaboration, and if you prefer either of partnership or synergy, let us talk about it. But before I go deep into using the business language, let us first look at it in the context of the Holy Scripture.

 

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole body were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members everyone of them in the body, as it has pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body?

 

But now are many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

 

That there should be no schism in the body… (1 Corinthians 12: 14-21, and 25a; KJV)

 

There may not be any better way to explain our collaborative relationship as body of Christ than as given in the above bible text. God in his own wisdom has given us different gifts of the Spirit so that the church can present a strong common front against the enemy. But what do we have today? A disjointed or dismembered church! That is why the church is no longer as vibrant as of old.

 

Can you imagine the gathering of believers where you have the apostle, teacher, pastor, prophet and evangelist, all working as a team? Imagine the church where we have members demonstrating the nine gifts of the Spirit! That church would be too hot for the devil to bear; and the society too will feel her impact.

 

Sadly, this is not what we have in the modern day church. It is quite disheartening that we now have a church where the prophet breaks away to grow his own congregation. The teacher, pastor, apostle and evangelist are also running their own respective shows.

 

If we look closely well, we will observe that this development has not been presenting the church to the world in a good image. There is only one word that represents such behaviour, and that is ‘schism’. Apostle Paul seriously warned the early church against this. But funny enough, despite our claim of knowing the bible inside out, we are still living in this error today!

 

Let me not assume that everybody knows the meaning of the word ‘schism’! I had to check it out in the dictionary too, and it means strong disagreement in organisation, especially a religious one, that makes its members divide into separate groups.

 

If only we will be sincere with ourselves, the only reason why we have so many churches, with little or no impact on the society, is because we are full of ourselves. The prophet is becoming too big for the pastor. The evangelist thinks that in as much as he wins more souls for the kingdom, he is better than the teacher.

 

We project our individual interest and ego above that of the entire body of Christ. We walk in error because we no longer present the balanced gospel.

 

Imagine how many prophets are heretic today because they have broken away from the teachers. The church is weak, not maximizing her full potential and has lost her bite, because we are a divided body.

 

It does not matter how good your intention may be, you cannot stand strong on one leg; neither can your sight be sharp with one eye closed.

 

It does not matter how sharp your ears are, they cannot do the smelling; at best they can only hear the comment of someone who perceives an aroma or odour.

 

If none of these would work, why then do we allow the devil to deceive us into believing that a church without the five-fold ministries working together would be strong? Please, let us have a rethink! We are becoming too egocentric and it is really affecting our effectiveness in handling the Great Commission.

 

When I think of many Christian Television Stations on the air, I cannot but wonder. There is nothing wrong in two, three, four or more denominations coming together to form a formidable Christian Television Network. In doing so, we will be able to present strong contents, rather than how we now ridicule ourselves in the public.

 

When we do, we will be demonstrating to the world in practical terms, what we teach or preach about unity. Through this, our message to the world would be clear, that irrespective of our different denominations, we are one body in Christ. This noble act will make us a model of the usefulness and importance of partnership and synergy to the world. Believers in the corporate world would spearhead it, having seen it worked in the church.

 

I have discovered that one of the ways to really prosper with agriculture is to practice integrated farming. When you look at many of the big farms around, you will notice that they combine different units or enterprises in agriculture. For instance a poultry farm that has its own hatchery, feed mill and processing unit will definitely prosper more than the one that is only limited to the production of eggs or broilers.

 

Many strong multinationals and conglomerates are combination of different inter-related firms. What they do at times, in economics terms, is known as vertical or horizontal integration. When companies merge, they are only trying to leverage on the power of partnership or synergy. They also greatly benefit from economies of scale.

 

I wish to use this medium to encourage business owners from this part of the world. We cannot compete strongly with rivals on the global scene unless we form alliance with other businesses which are closely related to ours.

 

You may be good at conceptualization of ideas or content creation, but very weak at marketing. No matter how fantastic your idea is, you cannot get patronage without convincing marketing strategies. Therefore, to profit with your creativity, it is only wise to partner with a marketing expert or firm.

 

Your innovative skill may not be enough to produce in commercial quantities without a financier. Look for one and reach an agreement with him.

 

Do not shy away from collaboration. Seeking collaboration does not mean you are weak. Therefore, do not look down on yourself. No one has it all, the other person cannot do a little of what you can, neither can you do what he can!

 

Let us learn to appreciate the gifts of others; celebrate the grace of God in their lives. Feel free to connect with them for the common good of our society. It is not about an individual, it is about the benefit for us all. We can achieve more together, than we have been doing individually. But where you are already having a profitable partnership with someone, please, do not consider breaking away. Remember, Aholiab did not break away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 6

 

The wisehearted men

 

Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wisehearted men in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the Sanctuary according to all that the LORD had commanded. (Exodus 36: 1; KJV)

 

In the foregone we can see Bezaleel and Aholiab being introduced as the leaders of the wisehearted men. For them to have qualified to lead the wisehearted company, they must have been wisehearted too. Although, they were addressed as wisehearted because of the nature of their job, that is creativity or craftsmanship; but I want to see it in another light.

 

They were wisehearted because they stayed with their own calling. They were wisehearted because they understood that though they were not called to the altar as the Levites, they were also called to perform important duties in the sanctuary. They were wisehearted because they had the understanding that they might not be as anointed as Moses, but in the matters of their assignment, they were as well inspired by God. They were wisehearted because they knew that though they were not the leaders of the congregation, they were leaders when it comes to the area of their specialized gifts.

 

Therefore, if you take your time to identify where and what God has called you into, you will also qualify to be called wisehearted. If you will understand that your own gift or talent is also important, you too are qualified as wisehearted. If you will understand that your gift, skill or training should be used in the service of the sanctuary, you will also qualify to be called wisehearted. If you will understand that you should always put your usefulness in the sanctuary above attention, prestige, honour, fame, reward, glory, position, influence and power, you will also qualify to be called wisehearted.

 

Is it not interesting to note that even the bible says “he that wins souls his wise”? It that means you are wisehearted if you obey the commands of God; if you do what he has commanded you and do not otherwise.

 

If you do the will of God for your life, you are wisehearted. God will always empower you for every assignment he has given to you. In other words, you may understand your call by the ability, gift or talent you possess. Before the disciples could be allowed to reach out to the uttermost parts of the world, God first empowered them through the Holy Spirit (Read Acts 1: 8).

 

Solomon was granted wisdom and knowledge for effective leadership (Read 2 Chronicles 1:12).

 

Even if you are not called to any of the five-fold ministries, your rare ability is a pointer to the call of God upon your life. When you follow this and you do not envy others; you are certainly doing God’s will for your life, so you are wisehearted.

 

If the opposite of wisdom is foolishness, and foolish is to wise as a fool is to a wise man. Then following simple logics, anyone that goes in the opposite direction of the divine mandate for his life is a fool and equally foolish-hearted.

Whosoever will not use his talent in the service of the sanctuary is foolish-hearted. Whosoever does not pay attention to his call is foolish-hearted. Whosoever neglects his own call but envies another man that is at his own duty post is foolish-hearted.

 

I will be judging you if I call you a fool, but who am I to judge another man’s servant? Therefore, if you will not disregard my simple advice, I will ask you to judge yourself. Are you wisehearted or foolish-hearted?

 

Everybody will give himself a pass mark, but if you are sincere about your self evaluation, you will not shirk away from the truth. Use the parameter provided above, and let me ask you for the last time. Are you wisehearted or foolish-hearted?

 

Understanding your strength; knowing your limits

 

The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the Olive tree, reign thou over us. But the Olive tree said unto them, should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? And the trees said to the fig tree, come thou, and reign over us. But the fig tree said unto them, should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

 

Then said the trees unto the vine, come thou, and reign over us. And the vine said unto them, should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? (Judges 9: 8-13, KJV)

 

The fool, just as the wise, has his attributes, and also attitudes. Although, I will want to start with the attitude of the wisehearted, but if you look at the other side of what the wise does, it will probably point you to the attitude of the foolish-hearted. The response of the trees in the text given above tells us so much about the wisehearted men.

 

The wisehearted men understand their strength and they leverage on it. They understand that they are not wired to do everything. They understand that they have a limited capability. They understand that the fact that they have the ability to do certain things well does not guarantee that they can do some other things equally well.

 

They know that God is the only one that is omnipotent. So, you are wisehearted if you know these facts. Therefore, explore your strength and leverage on it. Even if your strength is not in preaching, it can be in organising. You are wisehearted if you know this about yourself and stick with it.

 

Following the above given story, you will also notice that the wisehearted are not eager to take any opportunity that is not their calling. They are not ready to explore anything that is not within their core strength. They understand that not all opportunities are theirs. They are stable, focused, cool, calm and collected.

 

It is not that they are not ambitious. It is not that they are lazy or complacent. It is not that they are afraid of breaking new grounds. It is only that they will not neglect their calling to run after someone else’s calling because it is seemingly attractive. They do not act in haste. They are not overambitious.

 

How often do you run after opportunities, even when you know you do not have what it takes to utilize them? Do you have the basic qualification for that job? If not, you are only going there to make a ridicule of yourself.

 

Furthermore, the wisehearted only do things that will bring honour to God. They put the effectiveness of their service to humanity above their own position, honour and gratification.

 

Is it not true that most of the companies that render more effective services to the public are the richest? This is another way to interprete the words of the Master “…but seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6: 33). The wisehearted understand that when they seek to honour God, and serve others with their gifts, the good things of life will eventually come to them. They consider their calling as a service to God that will better the lives of humanity.

 

Their motivation is not money. They understand that the essence of their blessings is to bless others. As they do this they become blessed; they are not the ones running after the blessing. Their greatest desire is making the world better than they met it.

 

You will quite agree with me that most of the award winners in our world fall in this category. But the truth is that many of them never thought of the awards before setting off. They were only interested in contributing their quota to creating a good society. How I wished many of our politicians would see things in this light? How I wished the ministers of the gospel would accept this gospel truth?

 

In addition to the foregone, the wisehearted do not judge promotion by position but by impact. They do not run after promotion but after making impact. They can resign any position if they realise they are not making as much impact as they have wanted. They will reject a promotion if it will not make them efficient and effective at work. They are not power drunk and can drop their leadership position if their services are no longer needed by the people they lead. They are not position freak, so you cannot lure them by promotion!

 

You only qualify as wisehearted if you stay by your calling. If you are a good song writer, do not force yourself to sing your songs if you do not have the voice. Do not let popularity, fame and honour be your drive. Let your concern be whether you can make as much impact in singing as you are presently doing in song writing. Choose to be a blessing and you will be blessed beyond your wildest imagination.

 

Imagine this!

 

And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them. (Exodus 39: 43; KJV)

 

Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor. The LORD rescues them in times of trouble. The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity and rescues them from their enemies. The LORD nurses them when they are sick and eases their pain and discomfort. (Psalms 41: 1-3; NLT)

 

It is very noteworthy to mention that after a close assessment of the Tabernacle built by Bezaleel, Aholiab and the other unknown wisehearted men, Moses acknowledged that it was exactly as God revealed it to him! Can you imagine that? Be reminded that these men were not with Moses on the mountain when God gave him the illustration of the Tabernacle he wanted. Even Moses did not have what it takes to carry out the task, he only told the wisehearted men about it. But these men were able to deliver because God gave them both the ability and the inspiration. They were able to walk in the realm of revelation because they understood their calling, and they did not neglect it to run after other people’s callings.

 

You cannot imagine how much revelation you can enjoy if only you will develop your writing skill and stop dreaming to be a pastor, which God has not called you to be.

 

I will not be able to tell you how many times people have addressed me as a prophet because of some of the drama stories I have written in the past. I had been taken aback when they testified that some of those stories had revealed some secrets that only God could have known. The wisehearted, at times, sing the tune of the heartbeat of God, unknowingly. You cannot imagine that!

 

What was the response of Moses after his assessment of their work? He blessed them! If I should remind you, Moses was not just an ordinary leader, he was a prophet. In other words, he was God’s representative among them. When you explore your strength, use your God given ability and abide by your calling, you are not only wisehearted, you are also a candidate of divine blessings.

 

You will be blessed by the people you are serving with your gift. You will be blessed by your leader to whom you have shown allegiance. You will be blessed by God who is the source of the talent you have profited with.

 

In the parable of the talent told by the Master in Matthew 25: 14-30, the two wiseshearted men that effectively applied their talents were given double portion of blessings. Can you imagine that?

 

In Psalms 41:1-3 cited above, a man is blessed by being kind, generous and helpful. Can you imagine that without being a pastor, prophet, evangelist, apostle or teacher, one can attract that much blessings from God? That is what you get when you choose to be wisehearted.

 

Just for your kindness to the poor, the Lord will continue to rescue you from trouble. He will always protect you and ensure that you stay alive. Your prosperity and protection from your enemies are guaranteed. The Lord himself will become your private nurse and doctor. Can you imagine that?

 

I sincerely acknowledge my limitations to knowing how much God has in store for you if only you can stop the envy game. I cannot just imagine how much God can do for you if you can just be wisehearted. It is so hard for me to comprehend the rewards awaiting you if you can stop disregarding what you considered a little talent. I am constrained by words to express the glory, the honour, the splendor and the privilege you are bound to enjoy if you will stay on your ground.

 

When you focus on using your talent for the service of the sanctuary; when you choose to honour God with your gift; when you resolve to use your innate ability to bless others; when you understand that that what you are good at is a pointer to your calling, I cannot imagine what else would follow.

 

 

 

Chapter 7

 

Watch your message

 

And they spake unto Moses, saying, the people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make. And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

(Exodus 36: 5-7; K J V)

 

I want to be sure we are on the same page. By now you must have agreed with me that in as much as you are a child of God, you are also called. You have agreed with me that you have been called out of darkness into the marvellous light of God. You have agreed with me that in the theatre, the light is only beamed on the stage. You have agreed with me that the stage is typical of the pulpit in the church’s parlance. For this reason, if you have been brought into God’s marvellous light, then you have been called to the pulpit, albeit, you might not be a pastor.

 

However, it may be necessary for me to remind you that every pulpit produces its message. Hence, if you have been called to the pulpit you are also sending out a message, knowingly or unknowingly. But the earlier you are aware of this the better, so as to watch your message.

 

Bezaleel, Aholiab and the other wisehearted men also sent out very important messages from their pulpit. They were not scribes like Ezra who could read the book of the laws and explain its messages to the people. They were not prophets like Nathan who could receive direct message from God to correct a backslidden king. But when they mounted their own pulpit they used their conduct and lifestyle to preach messages that are worthy of consideration.

 

They understood that they were not working for Moses, but for God. The service of the sanctuary is unto God, not to any leader. Our service in God’s House is to God’s honour, not the pastor’s. Whatever we do in the House of God should not be to get our pastor’s attention or favour. Your contribution should not be targeted at getting your pastor’s recommendation for ordination. Do not give gifts to your pastor because you need his approval for your promotion; that is called bribery.

 

Whatever you do should be as unto God; seek God’s favour and approval above that of your pastor. I would not want to be misquoted; our pastors are worthy of our honour and respect for their sacrifices. It is not a sin to give them gifts, but it should not be to manipulate their decisions or to hand twist them in our favour.

 

Commitment is a very important message we can pick from the pulpit of those wisehearted men. They were so committed to the work that they never complained. Whenever you are committed to a cause you will not complain about working too much. You will give it your all, and you will not rest until the job is done. It could be because they understood that they were working for God and not Moses, that was why they gave their all to the task.

 

How are you handling the work of the kingdom? How much commitment are you giving to the kingdom affairs? Do you only work when your pastor is around? How often do you complain when you are given an assignment, with or without a deadline? Your commitment or lack of it is a message you are sending out of your pulpit, day by day!

 

The wisehearted men told Moses to tell the people that what they have brought for the service of the work was already enough. They restrained the people from bringing more, because they already had more than enough. This action showed that they effectively managed the resources at their disposal.

 

It also showed that they were accountable and also men of integrity. How well do you manage the resources in your custody, either at work or in the church? Do you utilize the resources effectively the same way you would have done with yours?

 

Many people in politics and government appointments waste a lot of resources that are meant for the welfare of the entire populace. It is more disturbing to see how wasteful many of us Christians could be, even in the kingdom’s assignment.

 

When the Lord fed five thousand men with five loaves and two fishes, one would have expected him to overlook the crumbs that were left over; after all it was a product of miracle. But he asked his disciples to gather the crumbs; that is effective resource management. The Master preached it by practice, and so did the wisehearted men. The Author and the Finisher of our faith was not wasteful, why should you?

 

They were accountable! They took note of the resources they needed. They took record of the resources provided and the ones that they have applied; and they reported back to Moses. That was a clear display of the spirit of accountability.

 

How accountable are you? Have you not been living your life as if you are not accountable to anybody? If you are occupying a public office, you are accountable to the people who elected you there. Stop parading yourself as an untouchable authority over them. If you do not do it here on earth, you will do it in heaven; you better get used to being accountable now!

 

The disciples reported to the Master that they had twelve full baskets leftover from the crumbs of the bread and fishes. They did that because they were accountable to him. Many of us have fed so fat on our boss or pastor, that we are no longer accountable to them. Accountability should be a lifestyle of every child of God. It should be a very important message coming out of our pulpit from time to time.

 

When they restrained the people from bringing more stuff for the work, they preached the message of integrity. How many of us, pastors, would tell our congregation to stop contributing the moment we hit the budget we called the special offering for?

 

How many of us would not convert the excesses of the resources meant for a project into our private uses? If you use the cement, wood, roofing sheet or even the nails from someone else’s project for yours without the approval of the owner, then your integrity is questionable. If you will not be happy with those that use your resources without your permission, then God is not happy for doing it to others.

 

Moses had no idea of how the project would run. Yet they told him to tell the people to stop bringing more stuff. How often do we take an advantage of people for their ignorance on a particular project? We do this because we lack integrity. Check yourself, especially if you claim to be a Christian. Do not let people doubt your integrity, irrespective of where you are and what you do.

 

Some other messages

 

Sarah & Esther

 

In Genesis 18: 6, and many other places that Sarah appeared, she preached the message of submission and hospitality. She was very submissive to her husband to the extent of calling him ‘lord’. It was a serious mark of hospitality when she co-hosted the strangers brought in by her husband, unknown to her that they were angels. For this reason she became a model to every wife.

 

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves (with the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit), being in subjection to their own husbands. Even Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. (1 Peter 3: 5-6; KJV, parenthesis mine)

 

Therefore, every Christian wife already has her pulpit, and it is expected of you to preach the message of submission. As a Christian woman, you are expected to be hospitable. Your holiness is not complete without being submissive to your own husband. Your submission to your husband is a sure proof of your knowledge of God. Your hospitality is a mark of your honour to your husband.

 

You are only qualified as a daughter of Sarah if you are submissive to your husband. Your submission to your husband does not make you a slave to him, in fact it will give you an unhindered access to his heart. Your hospitality wins your husband’s support and protection. It also attracts blessings that money cannot buy to you.

 

Vashti lost her royalty because she was not submissive to her husband. On the other hand, Esther got the favour of the same King by being submissive to him. She was promised up to the half her husband’s kingdom. She got a seemingly irreversible decree reversed by her submission. Due to her hospitality she was able to get her husband’s backing to preserve her people. She overcame the enemy that could have destroyed her by using hospitality as a weapon.

 

Check the records; there was nothing Sarah ever asked from Abraham that she did not get from him. This was simply because of her submission to him. The war against gender inequality is only good to have a balanced society, but do not take it to your marriage.

 

The Beijing 1995 Women World Conference Chatter will not give you the peaceful home you want if you take all it promotes to your marriage. Things will work well and better between you and your husband if you are submissive to him.

 

Sarah got the child she had always wanted, even at a very old age, because she was hospitable. God has not yet changed His principles. Your hospitality will bring better things to you than you can ever bargain for. Take note!

Joseph

 

The action of Joseph as revealed in Genesis 45: 5- 15, spoke louder than words, and the message portrayed was that of forgiveness. We can easily remember how much harm his brothers did to him. They de-robed him of his coat of many colours. They threw him into a dry pit and later sold him as a slave to a distant land. They announced his obituary before his death. All these notwithstanding, he forgave them.

 

His brothers did all the wickedness to him because he shared his dreams with them. He told them of how he was going to be great to the extent that his brothers, and even his parents, would sometimes bow before him. They attempted killing him before they later sold him into slavery so that his dream would not come to pass. But at last when his dream came to pass, he was not vengeful. He did not pay them back in their coins. He had all the power but he did not use it to avenge himself against his brothers. He forgave them willingly, freely and totally.

 

If many of us were Joseph, even if we had forgiven our brothers for the blood connection, we would not have forgiven Mrs. Potiphar. Joseph at that time was the second in command to the maximum ruler of the land; and it would have been the payback time for the Potiphars, for sending him to prison for an offence he did not commit. I wonder where Mrs. Potiphar would be hiding when Joseph was being coronate as the prime minister of Egypt. There was no record that he ever revisited the matter when he got to the position of power. He put the past where it belonged-the past. He forgave, and this he did wholeheartedly.

 

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. This is a very important creed from the Saviour himself. Except you forgive others, you cannot obtain forgiveness from God. Anyone who closes the door of his heart against others, risks the closure of the gate of heaven against him. The message of forgiveness should flow freely from your pulpit. It should not just be in words, but in deeds.

 

Before the crucifixion at Golgotha, the Master had said so much about forgiveness, but on the cross he preached it by action. He prayed for his persecutors, mockers, enemies, and killers “father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Therefore, if we claim to be followers of Christ, let it be seen in our acts of forgiveness.

 

What about you?

 

Memucan answered the King and the princes, “Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king but also every official and citizen throughout your empire. Women everywhere will begin to despise their husbands when they learn that Queen Vashti has refused to appear before the king. Before this day is out, the wife of every one of us, your officials throughout the empire will hear what the queen did and will start talking to their husbands the same way. There will be no end to the contempt and anger throughout your realm. (Esther 1: 16-18; NLT)

 

Abraham, in not resisting the request of God to sacrifice Isaac, preached the message of trust in God. Nehemiah preached the message of focus, transparency and humility. Dorcas was known for her good works and almsdeed. The great woman of Shunem preached the message of benevolence. Benevolence means an act of kindness, help and generosity, especially by someone who is wealthy. All these people preached their messages in actions, not just by mere words.

 

What about you? Are you not preaching the message of inverted benevolence? You are only kind to people if you want to use them. That is totally ‘unchristian’! The people of the world may do it to have their way, but ours should be pure kindness, help and generosity.

 

One thing you must not forget is this; your life is preaching one message or the other. As a wife and mother, your husband and your children are watching. Same goes for the husband and the father. What message do you relate to them?

 

Queen Vashti was not punished just because of what she did to her husband, the king, but for the wrong message her action would send to all women in that empire. Although, she did not verbally tell the other women what to do, but her action was a message to them. If she had not been punished, her action would have given many women the guts to despise their husbands. You may not know the extent to which your actions could influence others, adversely perhaps.

 

You may be an administrator like Daniel, but do you recognize your office as your own pulpit? If you did, you would preach the message of honesty, integrity and faith in God as Daniel did. It should not just be in words, but rather and much more in action.

 

Wherever you are is your pulpit as a Christian, and you must watch the kind of message that proceeds from it. It is your duty as a child of God to let your light so shine before men, that they may see your works, and glorify your father which is in heaven (Matthew 5: 16). The Master did not ask you to be a pastor before you can do that, in as much as you are a Christian, it is your duty.

 

Lot’s wife, King Saul, Michal, Gehazi, Queen Vashti, Judas, Ananias and Saphira, King Herod, Demas and several other people in the Bible served as deterrents, that we may not follow their examples. What about you?

 

Will you like to wait to be used as the scape goat for others to learn from? I guess not! Therefore, watch your message. Even if you are a regular preacher from a live pulpit, practice what you preach. Do not just speak, do whatever is good, positive, and of good report. Wherever you are is the pulpit, and whatever you do is your message. Once more, watch your message!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 8

 

Come Out!

 

And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, we will not come up. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, speak unto the congregation, saying, get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

(Numbers 16:12, 23-24; K J V)

 

So far so good, we have talked about your being called to the pulpit, even though you may not be a pastor. We have discussed what other calls you may answer apart from being a pastor or any other five-fold ministerial call. We have talked about what the pulpit may connote to you. We have x-rayed such attitude or character that may not make you to mind or value your own call or ministry. We have talked about the reason why you should pay attention to the message that proceeds from your own pulpit. However, if you are still lingering, not minding your own business, but still castigating others, then here is a clarion call to you. The call is to warn you of the looming danger of remaining adamant.

 

Before the eventual judgment on Korah, Dathan and Abiram, the man they were persecuting, Moses had approached them. He went to them with the message of peace and reconciliation, but they were irreconcilable.

 

He pleaded with them one after the other to reconsider their way. He tried to call their attention to the fact that they also had duties to perform before the congregation and in the House of God. He made them see reasons while they should not envy him as their leader. He tried to make them value their call rather than run after the call of someone else. He pleaded with them to ‘come up’ for some forms of dialogue, but they refused and in the process incurred the wrath of the man of God.

 

And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. (Numbers 16: 15)

 

You can do all you like to pastors but be mindful of what you do to a man who is genuinely called of God. If you are still in doubt of who a genuine man of God is, then read the statement of the man who was born blind but later miraculously healed by the Lord Jesus.

 

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. (John 9: 31; KJV)

 

The genuine man of God is anyone who worships God and does his will. God hears such a man, including his pains and sighing. Therefore, if you toil with such a man, you are provoking the anger of his God. So be warned and come off it! Do not make it your habit to accuse men of God or spread wrong information about them, if you see them do a thing that you do not understand, leave them to their God. You are not their employer, so you have no right to query them. You are not their judge, so you have no right to declare them guilty of any offence that you are not an eye witness of.

 

Be On and be off

 

In Numbers 16: 1, On was the fourth person with Korah, Dathan and Abiram. He was among the ringleaders that initiated the persecution of Moses. He was among those who started the protest against their leader. But along the line, I perceived that On played the wise hearted, and he put off the fire of rebellion in his own heart.

 

On had a monologue with himself, and he chose to focus on his own call. He settled with his call, even when it was not for him to be the leader or become famous. He was satisfied with trading with his own gift. He worked on his strength, rather than pursuing what he was not capable of handling. He put off the sentiment and called off the envy.

 

On did not just stop at that, he also separated himself from the camp of the rebels. This was so important to God that he had to first send Moses to the congregation to separate themselves from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, before he eventually destroyed them. Therefore, it is not just enough that you do not do any evil to a man of God; you should also not keep company with those who do so. If you do not, you may partake of their punishment.

 

It is not for nothing that the Bible says “the companion of the fool shall be destroyed with him” (Read Proverbs 13: 20; NLT). Remember the alliance of King Ahab and King Jehoshaphath. The former had done many detestable things that provoked God to plot his destruction through a war. The latter was well loved of God for being a worshipper, who praised and thanked Him from time to time. Out of association, he followed Ahab to the battle field and would have been destroyed but for divine intervention, having cried to God.

 

You need to come out of any association of people that do not have respect for God, his servants and his affairs. Run away from the gathering of those who make jest of men of God and of holy things.

 

You may have to desist from buying and/or reading soft sell magazines that are fond of spreading gossips, scandals and blackmail about men of God. If you do not, you will find yourself believing their lies. Even if you do not believe their lies, what about those that will pick the magazine or publication where you drop it, read it and spread the scandal. You are unknowingly promoting the evil work and when their judgment shall come, you may partake in it, one way or the other. Be warned!

 

Why must you come out?

 

“O LORD, I prayed, have mercy on me. Heal me, for I have sinned against you.” But my enemies say nothing but evil about me. “How soon will he die and be forgotten?” they ask. They visit me as if they are my friends, but all the while they gather gossip, and when they leave, they spread it everywhere.

 

All who hate me whisper about me, imagining the worst for me. “Whatever he has, it is fatal”, they say. “He will never get out of that bed!” even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me. LORD, have mercy on me. Make me well again, so I can pay them back! I know you are pleased with me, for you have not let my enemy triumph over me. You have preserved my life because I am innocent; you have brought me into your presence forever. (Psalm 41: 4-12; NLT)

 

O God, take up my cause! Defend me against these ungodly people. Rescue me from these unjust liars. (Psalm 43: 1; NLT)

 

Instead of you persecuting a man of God out of envy, it is very necessary for you to abide by your call. Be reminded that you are also called to the pulpit, but not necessarily as a pastor. You might have been called to your pulpit as a lecturer. Settle with that and do not just run your mouth any how about a man of God, because you feel inferior to him.

 

If you earn your own living by spreading rumours, scandal, lies, blackmail or any false information about people, do not do it to a man of God. Better still, pray to God to give you a better job. If you touch the heart of a man of God negatively, he will react and this may not always be in the open.

 

It is possible that the man of God may be guilty of what you accuse him of, but you will not be there when he reconciles with his God. If he does, God would not take it lightly with you for being the one that disparaged his servant in the public. But it is worse if the man of God was innocent. As you wrongly accuse him, he reports you to God with tears. You know how deadly it could be if God chooses to avenge a man who pleases him. For this reason, I ask you to come off that practice.

 

Every man of God has his own wilderness experience. It may not be because of any sin, they just have to go through the wilderness where they will learn to trust God, depend on Him and be led of Him. Of course, no wilderness experience is pleasant. But that does not give you the licence to talk of them as though they were not called of God.

 

When Job was going through his, many of his friends came to accuse him of many things he was innocent of. They did it with boldness as though they were speaking for God. At last when God finally restored Job, he asked them to return to him, ask of his forgiveness and prayer. If not, they would face a sour judgment for speaking ill of a man that pleases God.

 

I sensed I have just offered the antidote to the problem of someone reading this book. Your healing and restoration may not be complete, until you follow the reconciliatory path to that man of God. You may need to ask for the forgiveness and prayer of that man that you have spoken wrongly of. Ask for the forgiveness of that servant of God you have ridiculed in the open, and have wrongly accused of an offence he was innocent of. You may need to bite the humble pie and beg that man of God to forgive you for the scandalous stories you have written about him.

 

Pastor E. A. Adeboye once said “those who criticise miracles end up in need of one”. He made the statement in response to the derogatory write-up of a reporter about him, his ministry and the Redeemed Christian Church of God, in one of the Nigerian dailies. Being a humble man of God who hardly reacts to many false reports that had been written about him in the past. He must have been really grieved by that particular report.

 

I wish to plead with my friends in the media profession to please be mindful of what you do to a man of God. The truth is that many of you are already battling with problems which origin you do not know.

 

Imagine what it means for someone who had once spoken against miracles to end up seeking one. That fellow would definitely come down with problems that would take only miracles to get out of. Take this as my final note in this book; come out of whatever practices that take pleasure in making a ridicule of men of God. If you have offended in any way, follow the path of reconciliation. God bless you!

 

 

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About the Author, Ademola Adedeji

Ademola Adedeji, an ordained Deacon in the Redeemed Church of God, holds a Bachelor degree in Agriculture from the University of Ilorin, and Masters’ degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan. He is the Coordinator of Students Industrial Work-Experience Scheme (SIWES) at the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Nigeria; he was the first Head of the Business Development Unit at dbs Media Limited, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria and a former Business Development Officer at the Redeemer’s University Business Consult Limited, Redemption Camp, Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria.

 

He is the Staff Coordinator of both the Bible Study Unit, and the Drama Unit at Redeemer’s University Chapel; Senior Consultant/Chief Executive Officer of De Valueplus Creations, an Agribusiness Consulting Firm based in Nigeria; Initiator/Chairman of the Redefined Education Endowment Foundation (a.k.a. tReE Funds); Senior Facilitator of ‘STAND OUT, an inspirational outreach to High Schools in Nigeria; and Convener of ‘Future Leaders’ Summit for High School Students, and tReE Funds’ Live Mentoring Session for Higher Institution Students and Young Professionals.

 

Ademola, is a gifted writer with documented records in Christian Drama, Inspirational Books, Articles and Creative TV Programmes. He is happily married to Ibukunoluwa, and they are blessed with a charming girl, Hadassah.

 

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Acknowledgements

 

I am very grateful to my wife, Ibukunoluwa Adedeji, for your support even when you have to struggle with coming to terms with my following the unconventional paths.

 

Thank you, Pastor (Mrs) Olabisi Adeyewa, wife of the Vice Chancellor of the Redeemer’s University, for whispering to my ears to write a book from my message in this title.

 

I am deeply grateful to Pastor Olugbenga Akosile, the Chaplain of the Redeemer’s University, and his Assistant, Pastor Oluseyi Alakija, for granting me opportunities and platforms to use my diverse gifts.

 

My gratitude to ‘Leke Oluwalogbon, for accepting to proof read this work, and Murewa Ayodele, for finding time to format it.

 

Thank you, Pastor Ope Omoniyi, and Deacon Adedeji Olawepo, for your encouragements from time to time.

 

Finally, thank you, Ajibola Olanbo, for the beautiful image cover you have designed for this book.

 

 

 


Called to the Pulpit, but not a Pastor

'Called to the Pulpit, but not a Pastor' is a scriptural exposition which reveals the different abilities God has endowed each one with, in order to perform specific assignments. It brings home the fact that everyone has a gift through which he can excel in an area of life where the gift is required; no one in life is 'giftless', so no one in life is useless. However, the problem of man is that we often abandon our core-strength in envy of others, trying to be like them at the expense of 'who we are'. Therefore, 'Called to the Pulpit, but not a Pastor' is poised to make everyone understand that, "if you are a child of God, then you have been called to perform a specific assignment in God's Vineyard, but not necessarily as a Pastor". It also emphasizes the importance of unity in the church of God; and collaboration in the corporate world. We all need each other to succeed. It is in working together that we can make the world a better place for us all. No one is insignificant, we are all equally important, though our gifts differ. When we appreciate one another, we can get the best from each other. Above all, if you are a child of God, remember that all eyes are on you; you are in the Limelight, so beware of the message you pass across to your unknown audience!

  • ISBN: 9781370083466
  • Author: Ademola Adedeji
  • Published: 2016-12-31 12:55:13
  • Words: 23761
Called to the Pulpit, but not a Pastor Called to the Pulpit, but not a Pastor