Yuuuuup, I know….I’ve been away for ages *covers head in shame*. It’s been too long people but I’ve been away for a good reason. Honestly, the time away has given me a new perspective; I was feeling so spiritually dry and it definitely came through in my attempts to write. Y’all know that the last post wasn’t that great; even my mother (bless her heart) said that she didn’t like it. That’s what happens when I try to do things in my own ability and it was a way for God to show me that this blog is His property; I have to remain available to be used as His conduit to reach you guys. That being said, I’m doing much better now; I’ve made peace with the fact that this new phase of my life requires me to change my approach in many areas. Most importantly, my relationship with God. Before I started working, I had the luxury of spending time with God in the morning for as long as I determined. These days, I have to be creative; I may not have 44 minutes to spend time with God in the morning so I do what I can, (20-30mins) then I pray in the car on the way to work, when I get to work before the day begins in earnest and I steal away to the bathroom sometimes to pray so that I remain spiritually stable. It’s all about being strategic; a friend of mine told me how she sets her alarm twice in a day and when it goes off in her office, she knows its time to set her heart on God for as long as she can manage. So if there are any people struggling with prayer (I have written a post on this before), please be encouraged and try to find creative ways to commune with God throughout your day.
Alright….so onto what I want to share today. Yesterday at church, I heard a particularly interesting message from Pastor Mo about how its time for us in our generation to build a new world. I almost didn’t make it to TWB (my new church with Pastor Mo) on Sunday because I had planned to visit TPH (my old church) yesterday but I bumped into Pastor Mo on Saturday at Olivia’s Cafe in Lekki Phase 1 and he gave me a teaser on his message for Sunday. It was something I felt I needed to hear (and I digress….forgive me). Anyways, Pastor Mo spoke about the need for us to build a new world that would be superimposed on the current world (that is old and passing away). Now when I first heard this, it sounded rather abstract to me……I mean, what’s all this about the old world and new world? Then he used the example of Noah to break the message down:
The story of Noah is found in Genesis Chapter 6-9. In summary, God was grieved about the state of the ‘old’ world and decided that He was going to destroy humankind and create a new world. But Noah found favour with God and God decided to use him as his instrument to preserve life and create a new world by instructing him to build an ark. There are a number of lessons that we can learn from Noah with regards to building a new world:
- Noah found favour with God. I think this is an important point to highlight because when I come across this statement in the bible, I sometimes think that the person found favour with God because God decided to randomly give them his favour. I spoke to Pastor Mo about that and he said that God often finds favour with us in response to our attitude towards Him. David was a man after God’s heart not because God intentionally gave David a heart that sought Him but because David’s attitude was such that it constantly sought to please God. Even when he committed atrocities, he was constantly looking for a way to repent and be reconciled to the heart of God. Noah found favour with God because he was righteous and blameless among the people (Gen. 6:9).
- Noah built that ark without outside validation. Imagine you’re Noah and God tells you that He’s going to destroy the earth so He wants you to build an ark in preparation. In obedience to God, you start building the ark and people walk past your house. Seeing the developing monstrosity of the ark, they ask you what you’re doing and you reply, “Well , God told me that He’s going to destroy the earth and I’m to build an ark to prepare for that”. I’m quite sure they will think you’ve gone mad. There is even some evidence to show that there had been no rain on the earth before the great flood (Genesis 2:5-6) so Noah explaining the impending destruction of the earth with a concept that had never been heard of would have seemed like madness to people. There was no one outside his family encouraging him to follow this path God had set before him but there was a great need for him to be obedient; the preservation of life on earth depended on it.
- Noah was told to build what did not make sense. This ties in with the first point. I’m sure even Noah was not completely clear on the concept of rain and how God would use it to destroy the earth but he put that aside and decided to be obedient to God and trust that He would do as He had said.
- Noah was building that ark for a very long time. There is a school of though that says Noah was building the ark for somewhere between 55-75 years. Others advocate 120 years. I’m of the opinion that 55 years, 75 years and 120 years are all long. They’re all lifetimes so people were born and died while Noah built that ark. I try to put myself in the guy’s shoes and I’m sure there were days when he woke up to the unfinished ark and wondered whether he was wasting his life and if there was a point to what he was doing. I’m even sure there were pockets of time when he got discouraged and abandoned the work but he still came back to it.
Now this a nicely painted picture but what does it mean for you and I in today’s world? If, like me, you believe that God is doing something fresh with our generation then you need to understand that there is intentionality in the construction of new world. You need to build with a view of where you’re going and you need to open your mind to accept the crazy ideas God is revealing to you now that will eventually become commonplace in this new world. I mean, the concept of a boat in Noah’s time was out of that world but the boat is the most basic technology in this world. You also need to understand and make your peace with the fact that a lot of people will not understand what you’re doing; even your parents and some of your friends will most likely think that you’ve gone mad. So you’re dreaming of building your world where you’re a CEO of a million dollar corporation who finds time to make it to choir practice, put out new music, ensure her house is well taken care of while lead worship on Sundays and senior level management meetings the next day. In the old world, such a dream is akin to madness and many people will tell you that you’re trying to take on too much but that’s how big God wants you to dream. When Paul said that he could do all things through Christ that strengthens him in Philippians 4:13, he wasn’t exaggerating. Building a new world requires us to stretch our minds beyond ordinary thinking.
There are many other places where God is calling us to build a new world; one that comes easily to mind is our nation Nigeria. I know most of us have heard about the whole NSCDC “oga at the top” phenomenon and laughed about it but the truth is that it shows the rot in our society. However, I am not one to go on about the problems in our society; I’m interested in solutions and people who are called to bring them about. God is calling us to build a new world in this nation. For some of us, God is calling us to create a new world in our relationships. For example, if you’re a guy and you have been eyeing that young lady for a while and God has been speaking to you to make a move, please waste no more time and approach her and start to build with her ;-). In business and career, God is calling you to be a force to be reckoned with in the marketplace; apply for that job, start that business and allow God to use you to build a new world in these areas. Most importantly, God is calling all of us to build a new world in our spirituality; if you’ve been on that level of spiritual maturity too long, it’s time to press in and build.
That’s the essence of today’s message people; we are being called to build new worlds and it’s not something that will happen overnight. Noah shows us that building for a new world will take a lifetime. What we need to do is to understand what the big picture is (as revealed to us by God) and continue to build towards it. That’s what I got from the message and I hope it ministers to someone. Thanks for the love guys and I’ll put up a new post soon.