John 15:16 (KJV) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
The story was told of an English missionary who left all to follow God’s ordination for his life in one of the African Nations. His effort had produced many churches, schools, and many community development programs. After about twenty years of undying commitment to God by all human judgment, the Lord appeared to him and asked ‘‘when will you start doing what I sent you here to do?’’
God had sent him to Africa to raise men for Him but for many years he did something else. If men were to judge, he would have been judged obedient and successful but God said he had not begun his work.
We saw something similar with Abraham whose obedience was swift when God told him to leave his people and Nation for a land He would show him (Genesis 12:1-4), then, after twenty-five years, God returned and asked that he walk before him and be perfect (Genesis 17:1).
You see, it is possible to have begun in obedience to God but later sway into imperfection and end up doing your own work and not God’s.
Note that material prosperity may not always translate to God’s approval: this means that our judgment of success must be more than earthly results and prosperity. We have to get checkups regularly from the one who called us.
Go into today knowing that you have to go for checkup regularly if you want to walk perfectly before God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me to remain simple and humble to accept your corrections.
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