Onyedikachukwu George Nnadozie

AFLAME! | WHEN LOVE FOR GOD IS TRUE…

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Aside making it our status, singing it every morning and night and feeling emotional about it, God doesn’t just want it to end with us, He wants us to extend it to others. A lot of times we come to social media status to make posts like “Lord, I am sold out for you,” some have it as a desire, some get passionate because they listened to a particular song or teaching but our love for God and the ministry shouldn’t be passive, it should be proactive in the sense that we don’t just talk it, we do it! We don’t just feel it, we express it.
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Many times when the aesthetics of our worship centers overwhelms us and the ambience coming from the sounds reaches our heart, we tend to be very emotional, we tend to cry, hold our hearts and say “Lord, I live for you!” We tend to be under the influence of the moment and after that moment, we get out of the Church building, we plug earphones into our ears to continue with the sensation and some just get out of the groove and become who they always used to be but none of this is God’s desire for His people. He doesn’t just want us to feel all of this all to ourselves, the real expression of love for God isn’t seen solely on prayer camps, worship meetings and so on! It is seen in our undying passion for the unsaved. God doesn’t just want the fumes to go up, He wants us to keep burning without getting burnt out! The fire of God beautifies us, it doesn’t destroy us. Look at the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-17), imagine the blue purifying light burning in a bush and yet the bush still looks evergreen and ashes aren’t in sight. This is how God wants us to burn, we burn in the beauty of His holiness and we don’t get burnt out!
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The burning bush can never hide away from anyone’s sight, it calls for attention and it shows a very convincing sight! What God has done on the inside of a believer is not meant to remain on the inside. The believer is meant to work these things out. We don’t just cry and feel emotional about God’s love, the only way to love Him back is to preach this gospel to people who are yet to believe, to show love to the dying, the bring healing and words of life to the broken hearted, to pray passionately for the salvation of those who haven’t come to the knowledge of the truth. Love for God is expressed in readiness to give and work for the gospel, in readiness to esteem the work of ministry above self! No wonder Jesus said we are showing Him care when we show care to the needy (Matthew 25:35-40). We will never see a place in the ministry of Jesus where He constantly kept singing and crying “Lord, I love you” but all over Him you’d see that love spreading like wildfire to anyone that comes across Him. No wonder He cherished His father’s business above His physical needs (Luke 2:49). Jesus is God, yes! But Jesus functioned in the capacity of man while on earth living His divine privileges and limiting Himself to that which man was designed to do (Philippians 2:7). Jesus is the manifestation of the perfect man and so we can look at what He did and do what He did.
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Concerning Jesus the Bible says “greater love has no man than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.” (John 15:13) Jesus loved us because God loves us and loving what God loves is the best way to show loyalty and love for God! Therefore every believer has to be fervent in Spirit when serving God. Serving God is beyond your commitment in your local Church, serving God is beyond unconditional loyalty to your Pastor and your denomination. Let me show you a bit of what service to God is as expressed in Romans 12:1-21. It would be nice to read the entire Romans 12 at your leisure but I want us to see the mark of a true believer. The Bible says:
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“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, be associated with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil but give thoughts to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far it depends on you, live peaceably with all…”
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I needn’t start making a long note on that very self explanatory excerpt of the Bible. But one thing is always very clear throughout the teachings of the Apostles as inspired by the Holy Spirit, good works is far beyond just preaching the gospel. Serving the Lord is much far beyond telling people about Jesus! It is extensively and majorly about the life we put on display. We can win more souls showing Jesus than telling Jesus. The world knows it is easier said than done but we know that God’s love has been shed abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5) and therefore we can make up our minds to switch off from the flesh and start loving from the Spirit. Giving in Church and preaching to people is very vital but that is not the only way to serve God. In a previous teaching I did, I talked about doing good to all men starting from fellow believers. Today again we see from the place we just read that we ought to contribute for the need of believers but also pursue peace with people who fight us. It is how we live that preach most of the gospel.
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Many people would tell you the horrible experiences they have had with preachers who preach the truth but don’t live the truth. There was a time in my life when I thought preaching the word of God was enough, I wasn’t intentional about working on my character and making it reflect what God has done on the inside of me. So, many times I’d preach the gospel but I also might get angry with someone the next minute. It was until I understood that the major work of the ministry when it comes to reconciliation is in showing love to even those who appear unlovable. Our lives like I said earlier is what preach the most extensive part of the gospel. You need to make Romans 12 your personal guide every day. When the Bible said we shouldn’t be slothful in business, it was talking about not being lazy or disinclined in zeal and passion to express Jesus. When the bible talked about fervency in Spirit we saw that fervency depends on us to be activated! God doesn’t make you fervent automatically, you become fervent intentionally and to be fervent means to be extremely hot or very passionate about something. It is not just being passionate to have audience listen to you and watch you perform miracles, it is also you being very passionate to show Jesus, to help the world understand that love is a person and that love has been given! God created us to spread Himself and this is how we spread God!
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When a man is filled with love for God, he is aflame, burning with passion! He is out there showing love and reaching people with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is God’s desire that the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of Him just as the waters covers the sea. We do not know a man who is burning for God by mere participation in Church meetings and by consistent tears in worship sessions but we know this by their love walk and consistent willingness to always reach souls with the gospel. You can separate showing love and preaching the gospel, it is not mere philanthropy and it is not test of vocal prowess. When Peter got filled by the Holy Spirit, he stood and preached the gospel to about 3000 people and they all surrendered to Jesus at the spot! It is the Holy Spirit in us that keeps us burning but we must be yielding for the Holy Spirit to use us.
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Consider yourself God’s business partner. Do not be carried away by the things of this life which perish. Your purpose here is not to pursue being the richest man in the whole world. The other day I was wondering why a Christian shouldn’t be the richest man in the whole world and I know I clearly heard a voice say to me “a Christian who understands ministry and his calling will never be materially the richest person in the world because he will not pile up wealth for himself. He keeps meeting the need of the saints and that of others around him.” God doesn’t want us to pursue the pleasures of life and the fame of this world like the worldly people does. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be out to work and make tangible income but even as we work, we work for a purpose! We know we can have pleasure, we know we can spend money but we are not like the people of this world and our lives don’t depend on breaking worldly records. Jesus said it is pagans who run after things of this earthly life like their lives depends on it (Matthew 6:32).
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One beautiful thing is that God knows you need those things, He wants you to earn them as you work, He already blessed you with ideas and wants you to put those things to work so that with it you can receive His blessings of fruitfulness but He wants you to understand that this isn’t just why you are living, this isn’t what you are living for! When you look at the story of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21), his problem wasn’t that he made money, his problem was that he was living for the money when God wants him to live for someone else. Also look at the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Lazarus 16:19-31), he was rich so that he can help the needy around him but he was living just for himself! No wonder, the moment Lazarus died, the ministry of the rich man wound up! Paul gave us one reason to find something good and do with our hands! He said “…that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Ephesians 4:28).
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We serve God as ministers of reconciliation, we serve God as people who has been set apart from this world, we are living sacrifice for God and it is in our sacrificial living both in doing good to all men, in helping the needy and in preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus that our love for God is shown. We can forgive others the wrong things meted out to us because God has taught us how to forgive! In the same way, we can go out there in search for souls, in search for people to show love without waiting for them to come to us because that is how God came searching for us. It was not us that God was waiting for by the door, it was the Israelites! The prodigal son and the jealous son represents the two house of Israel (Israel and Judah). We were not the prodigal sons, we were without a father, we were without God! (Ephesians 2:12) God wasn’t waiting for us by the door, He came searching for us and adopted us as His own sons (Ephesians 1:5). In this same way, we have to go out there and be keen to showing love and winning the hearts of people to Jesus. This is how to stay aflame!
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It does not end in making it our daily status with emojis full of tears. It doesn’t end in putting up our pictures where we were lost in the moment of worship and thanksgiving! It doesn’t end in asking God to come again and touch our hearts, to show us His glory and to set our hearts on fire! What fire again? The fire of the Holy Spirit cannot burn out. It is true we may be desiring a deeper experience of these things, we may be wanting to have a more vivid understanding and it is alright but that alone isn’t enough to be said of us that we really loved the Lord. If we are truly in love with God, we will do and say like Jesus have said “…I go about my father’s business.” – Luke 2:49.
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Blessings.
I am George O.N
The Man-In-God.
#GracefulGeorge

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