One morning a young minister received a mail early in the morning. To his utmost surprise, he had been transferred to go to a small county to pastor the church. Unfair as he thought, having considered how well he had been pastoring the branch of the church he was now, he decided to seek other opportunities than go to that small county. “After all, my qualifications make him fit into the city”, he thought to himself.
After searching tirelessly looking for opportunities in the job market, he landed himself a job in a reputable company. He started settling into his new job and making as much impact as he could until a misfortune hit his way. A contract he has appended his signature under was a fraudulent one and was sacked from his job after six months working for the company.
One evening as he retired to bed, he felt like looking at the photo album that laid on the table close to the bed. He hesitantly took the album and found the transfer letter he had received in the page that separated a photo of when he pastored and his first day at his job he was sacked. He was convicted about His mistake and repentantly cried to God to forgive him and send Him wherever He wants him to go to.
Early the next morning, the new pastor of the church He left visited him. He informed him that He was transferred to that church because He was God’s answer to the needs of the people in the community and not the only the church. With his background in law, he could help some of the folks with advice on how to deal with the injustices the people in the community was facing.
God always has a reason for why he chooses us for certain assignments. Whether His calling is fair or unfair (speaking from a human perspective), He sees where the needs of people are and deploys us to be solutions to these needs of people. God’s investment in us is to make us a blessing to other people.
When we think of the benefits and costs of what the deployment will bring to you, we may resort to running away from our calling and purpose. This is exactly what the book of Jonah was communicating to us. Jonah wanted to run away from the assignment that God gave him. He boarded a ship to run away from God, but havoc hit the ship and his next destination was the stomach of the fish. After repenting, God gave him the second chance by letting the fish deliver him to the shores of Nineveh.
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. … And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.Jonah 2:1, 10 (NIV)
God is ever willing to receive you back and direct you towards His calling for your life. Despite where you have been from His purpose for your life, God still awaits you as the father awaited daily for the prodigal son to return home. He allows certain misfortunes to come away so that we can come back to our senses and surrender our will to Him. Don’t run any further. Draw nigh to Him and He will give you another chance to fulfil your purpose.
Thank you, Father, for your word that I have heard today. Thank you for your love abound beyond my mistakes. Thank you for always giving me the opportunity to do that which you have called me to do. Today I surrender my will to you and ask that you use me for your perfect will. In Jesus name have we prayed with thanksgiving. Amen!!!
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