John 15:16 (LOGOS), “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you may ask the Father in My name He may give to you.”
“Now that you are done with your first degree, what’s next?” Joy’s Dad asked. Her response was, “I want to work dad”.
Most of the persons who have enrolled or are enrolling for higher degrees are doing so because they want better jobs. People keep improving themselves so they can be useful in solving societal problems, gain some relevance, and earn money.
In like manner, you are saved and brought into service to God, and you are expected to keep improving yourself so you can be of better kingdom relevance, please your savior, and get your eternal reward eventually (see Rev 22:12).
This is however not the case with many Christians today. They behave as though all that there is to salvation is an escape from hell, but don’t care about what their savior wants. Remember that the most important reason why you’re saved is so you would be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:30) and what Jesus spent his life doing was pleasing the Father. Regarding this, God said, “this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” and this was around the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
If you must be conformed to the image of the Son, you must please God as Jesus did and that means you must discover what God wants you to do and be fruitful in it.
Go into today knowing that, now that you’re saved, what’s next is discovering what God has called you to be, walk in it and keep improving yourself until the day you’ll hear, “welcome, good and faithful servant”. Matthew 25:21.
Prayer: Father, I ask in Jesus’ name that you reveal my call to me and help me walk in it to the point of fruitfulness. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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