Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Seed of Abraham

Genuine faith always moves God to open His treasury of wisdom to us. It is, however, worth mentioning that this learning process is not one size fits all. It is customised for every believer according to what is necessary for them. This is because what is necessary for one person might just not be right for the other. This thought should eliminate criticism as no one has any right to judge another man’s servant (Romans 14:4). The same thought is also against stifling doctrines and codes of conduct: adherence to codes does not necessarily mark out Abraham’s seed. The only distinguishing feature in all heirs of the promise is productivity in their endeavours whatever they do blossoms. Jesus emphasised this in John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit so shall ye be my disciples.

Even in desolate places, Abraham’s seed springs forth as a tender plant. Wherever he is situated, he reveals the arm of the Lord to the nations. Through discretion and wisdom, he becomes extolled (Is 52:13). As Abraham’s seed, every believer must personally take up the responsibility of walking in and fulfilling the covenant. It is a personal decision that every heir must make if he is to differ from the servant (Gal 4:1). Isaac and Jacob each made this decision at some points in their lives. And there was a famine in the land besides the first famine that was in the day of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech….. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt dwell in the land which I shall tell you of… Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundred fold and the Lord blessed him. The man waxed great and went forward, grew until he became very great. And it came to pass . . . that Jacob said unto Laban, send me away that I may go unto my own place, and to my country. . . And Laban said unto him, I pray you, if I have found favour in your eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake (Gen 26:1-212, 30:2527).

As seen in the foregoing scriptures, every one that is the seed of Abraham should experience this quality of life. This level of manifestation should be seen in their daily lives. Just like Isaac and Jacob, our bosses and associates should be able to testify of the distinct productivity they have seen in us. When we take up personal responsibility as heirs of the promise, we become blessings to all and sundry. It is at this stage that life offers us a blank cheque every little thing we touch becomes a multitude (Gen 30:28, 30). This level of manifestation God only bestows on sons. Though we are all heirs, “. . . the promise was not to seeds as of many but t the seed as of one” (Gal 3:16). Even in Abraham’s biological lineage, the fullness of the promise was usually transferred to one man in every generation i.e. Abraham #8594 Isaac #8594 Jacob #8594 Joseph. This was in spite of the fact that there were several potential heirs in each generation.

However, this type of productivity is not automatically obtained. It is only bestowed on heirs who are hungry for wisdom. Jacob, Isaac and Joseph were all men of understanding, who were ‘mind-full’ of their business. When we begin to walk in the fullness of this covenant, God communicates the spirit of excellence to us i.e. He causes us to develop a high degree of expertise in our work. This is because a successful enterprise can only be built when all resources (spiritual, intellectual and physical) are combined. No marriage or business is successful simply because the tool of prayer was used neither will anyone have a fulfilling career on the sole basis of intellectual soundness. Rather, an enriching life is only achieved when you accurately blend all these resources while towing the line of God’s plan.

From the Desk of Pastor Poju

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