FROM PASTOR'S DESK 2022 Pastor's Desk

Don’t be reluctant to do His will | By: J.O. Lawal | Date: October 25, 2022 | Series: From Pastor’s Desk | Number: Vol. 11, No. 22

Beloved: grace and peace without measure be yours from God our Father and Jesus Christ our blessed Redeemer. I welcome you with joy into the month of October 2022. My prayer is that your heart will be strengthened every day of the month to serve God wholeheartedly, so that you will be established in the place of His provisions for you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

One of the things that the bible story of King Saul teaches us is that reluctance to fully do the will of God is as bad as complete disobedience to Him. And this could make us lose our place in His scheme of things. As the story goes, God, through Samuel, gave a direct command to King Saul to go and utterly destroy the Amalekites and everything they had. And did he go or not? He did. He went to fight the Amalekites and to destroy them and all their possessions.

However, when he got there, he failed to fully carry out the command of God. Look at how the bible puts that: “Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, to the east of Egypt. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs — everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.” (1Sam 15:7-9NIV)

Did you see that? Saul and his men were reluctant to destroy all the animals of the Amalekites because of greed. Yes, they killed all the people and all their worthless and weak animals. But they were unwilling to destroy the best of their animals. And how did God judge that? He judged it as complete disobedience to Him and rebellion against Him. Therefore, He took the kingdom away from Saul and his descendants after him and gave it to someone else.

In like manner, if we are reluctant to fully obey God in any area of our lives, He may judge it as total disobedience to Him in all ways. In other words, partial disobedience to God is nothing other than complete disobedience to Him. And that may cost us certain positions or promotion that He has already destined for us. Therefore, if there is any area of your life in which you are reluctant to act on the will of God, you need to retrace your steps and begin to do what is right before it is too late.

Personally, I know what it means to know what God wants of you and yet to be reluctant to do it. It may be because of certain temporary enjoyment you are deriving from acting contrary to His will or because of fear of people or because of love for the praise of people. Whatever the reason may be, being reluctant to do what God wants us to do can only ultimately put us in trouble.

Our Lord Jesus, writing to the church in Thyatira, says this about one of their women: “I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.” (Rev 2:21-23NIV) Did you see that? The Lord was going to punish that woman and those walking in her ways of adultery and idolatry with sickness and death. Why? It was because of her reluctance to repent and do His will.

So, no one can actually tell how the Lord will judge our reluctance to do His will in any area of our lives. And perhaps He is already judging us for our reluctance to wholeheartedly do His will in certain areas of our lives. We may never know this, if He does not reveal what He is doing to us. But whether we know or not, what is important is that we lose no time in doing what He expects of us in every area of our lives. Otherwise, things may get worse for us. I pray that God will set your heart right wherever you are reluctant to do His will and strengthen you to do what is right before it is too late. Amen.

Do have a great October 2022.

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