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AWRIGHT DEN!: Pursuing a lie

COREY WORRELL, [email protected]

AWRIGHT DEN!: Pursuing a lie

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STOP THE LIES. Stop leading people astray. Stop trying to be God in people’s lives.

I will say this and I make no apology for it: every Christian isn’t called by God to be an entrepreneur, a business owner or self-employed. It is a lie from the pit of hell. No leader, teacher, preacher, parent or friend can pull out of you what God didn’t put in.

God created you for a specific purpose and your contribution is valuable and needed. Seek God to know what that purpose is and stop letting the above-mentioned define your purpose by what they feel or would like it to be. The reason you are failing or always coming up short is because you are living and pursing a lie. No man can make you produce and bear fruit of what God did not plant as seed in you.

I say this and I make no apology for it: every Christian isn’t called by God to be wealthy, ‘influential’ or well-known. Every Christian however is called to have an abundant life. John 10:10 – Christ came that you may have life and have it more abundantly.

Wealth is a socio-cultural measurable, finite commodity in the mind of humans. It is something that is conceivable and does not define or empower the spirit of man. Though it has its place and use, it is no way comparable to what Christ came to give – abundant life. The beauty about abundant living is that the mind cannot conceive it or box it into something finite. 1 Corinthians 2:9 – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

Think about 1 Corinthians 1:26-30 – Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by [worldly] standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth [wealthy]. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no flesh should glory in his presence.

Romans 12:2 states: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. The pattern of this world is focused on wealth, self, fame, personal achievement and image. Renew your mind, refocus and shift your direction to the pattern of the Kingdom – abundant life, righteousness, faith and humility.

In essence, abundant life is eternal life and John 17:3 proves this – “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”. I think its fair to say that abundant life is based on relationship with God and that, my brothers and sisters, is what you should pursue.

Hey, don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with being successful in business or growing your investments or owning a beautiful home or wearing nice clothes. Just know, that isn’t the reality of everyone and it shouldn’t be what drives or defines you. I know rich and non-rich Christians who are focused on relationship with God.

It is quite interesting that God would tell us in Matthew 6:25-32 not to worry about material things – what we will eat, drink or wear, and immediately after these verses in Matthew 6:33 tell us to rather focus and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Remember, God sent Christ to give you an abundant life, that is an eternal life, and eternity based on scripture is a relationship with God and Christ.

Also, it is easier to read than to believe but Philippians 4:19 says that God will supply all our needs. The challenge is, what God defines as our needs almost never look like what we think we need. As hard as things may be for you and for me, we must be honest – our “needs” have been met (maybe not our wants).

God is a faithful, gracious and merciful God. Let’s renew our mind daily, live our lives to please God and stop trying to impress the world.

• Corey Worrell, a former Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, is director of C2J Foundation Inc., a project-based NGO focusing on social development. Email: [email protected]