God will always get His job done, with or without you and me. God can replace people, but He doesn’t change His agenda. As a result of that, we must count it a privilege to be employed by God.It is never by right. If by right many of us will not qualify. He qualifies the unqualified. He can place and replace, He can position and reposition.
2 Cor 4:7. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
As a believer or minister of the Gospel, we occupied a sacred and sanctified position before God. The fear of God is the template for our success. A life of holiness is a must. And we must not think that we can still maintain that position even when we compromise the standards of God. Every believer is a torch bearer to beam the light of God to the realm of darkness thereby revealed every work of darkness.
Heb. 12:2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Christian journey is not a sprint, but a marathon. Any marathon race demands focus, strength, determination to succeed, endurance, perseverance among others, same applies to the Christianity race. From start to finish, we must remain focused like Jesus. No one sets his hands on a Plough and looks back will ever fit for the kingdom of God.
Luke 9:62. Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
From the scriptures, many people took off their journey very well, but never get to the finished line. People like Saul, Samson, Eli, Judas, Elijah, etc. No matter how far a sprinter had run, even though he might have been on the front of the pack, if he failed to pass the finishing line, there is no way he would be awarded a trophy.
1 Cor 9:24. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Are you a Prophet, Teacher, Pastor, Evangelist, Apostle, believer; count it all joy that God is using you. Never see your position as irreplaceable or indispensable. Carry out your assignment with humility of spirit and reverence to God. Never get to a place where holiness has no value to you any longer. Because God cannot behold iniquity. Do it faithfully and with all diligence. The work of God shouldn’t be seen as a burden because you are serving a burden bearer, who is going to hold you all the way.
Matt 11:30. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
PEOPLE THAT GOD REPLACED
1. Adam: As the first man, God’s intention is for him to replenish and fill the whole earth with his offsprings. However, when he sinned, God replaced him with the second Adam in the person of our Lord Jesus to complete the divine agenda. 1 Cor 15:45
2. Saul: A man with small beginnings, from nobody to somebody was replaced because of his repeated disobedience to the instructions of God. David was anointed to replace him. 1 Sam 16:1-13
3. Moses: This great man of God was to take the children of Israel to the promised land. He failed to deal with his anger and subsequently replaced by God. Joshua was anointed to finish the task. Numbers 27:12-23
4. Elijah: A great prophet. But couldn’t complete his assignment because of persecution and the threat to his life. He threw in the towel by telling God, he had enough. God said to him there and then to anoint Elisha in his place. 1 Kings 19:1-4
5. Samson: A great human being born with the hope of a nation rested on his shoulder. He failed gallantly, having compromised the holiness structure of God. He became an object of jeering. Judges 16:23-31
6. Judas: A man who experienced a great privilege to be counted among Jesus disciples, but lost his position to Matthias due to covetousness and the love of money. Act 1:12-26
For us to finish our race without being replaced we must do the following:
THINGS WE MUST DO
1. We must be prayerful. 1 Thes 5:16-18
2. We must consider our position in God as a privilege. Eph 3:7
3. We must stay humble. James 4:6
4. We must love God and people.Mark 12:30-31
5. We must hate sin. Psalm 45:7
6. We must remain focused like Jesus. Col 3:2
7. We must be obedient to God’s command. Deu 11:1
8.We must continue to examine ourselves and let the word of God be the benchmark for all our actions. 2 Tim 2:15, Col 3:16-17,2 Cor 13:5
My conclusion is, whatever God is asking you to do, do it diligently and faithfully. If God is asking you to take out an assignment, if you decline, He is always ready to give it to somebody else. Mordecai told Esther in the Bible that if she refused to stand up for God and His people, God could use someone else (Esther 4:14) Jesus also talked to the Pharisees that God can raise stones to cry out should the disciples went silent (Luke 19:39-40). If God required you to preach and you don’t preach, with or without you, He would still get it done. If we refused to praise, honour and serve Him, someone else will.
May we all finish the race that was set before us in Jesus name. Amen
Note: All Scriptures used are from NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION.