By pastor obiageli igboanugo
Thethings of God are mostly done on time, once the time is missed, the momentum ofthat instance is missed. Everything God does has an appropriate timing, if wedon’t walk in God’s time, we miss all that God has prepared for us in thatseason. The manifestation of our labor may seem to take many years, but we mustremember that God’s time is the best and he will surely come for us in thatsituation.
Seizingthe moment involves you making use of every opportunity that comes your way. However,as children of God we should remember that not all opportunities that come ourway are directly from God, nonetheless, we must be ready and prepared to seizeevery opportunity sent by God.
Let’stalk about Zechariah for example, how he could not understand the time ofGod and was unbelieving of how the things of God will come to existence, whenthe angel of God told him he was going to have a son whose name would be Johnthe Baptist.
Thebible tells us Luke that when the angel approached Zechariah and told him hewas going to have a child Zachariah replied in Luke 1:18 saying “How can I be certain? My wife and I are well passed childbearingyears.”
Zachariah failed to seize this moment and the opportunityto have a child by questioning and doubting the words sent to him by Godbut because God had a greater purpose for John the Baptist,the moment wasn’t lost, however Zachariah was made dumb until the birth of Johnthe Baptist.
Letus read: 2 kings 9:1-16, 2 kings13:1-4;6-10;19.
Thebook of second Kings, tells us about Captain Jehu who was appointed asthe king of Israel. Jehu was a man that seized the moment and theopportunity presented to him by following through with God sent instructionsand because of Jehu's obedience and swift response to Godsinstructions, God gave him a dynasty and commended him by making four of hisgeneration to rule over Israel. He didn't just obey God, he did it with zeal. Thebible tells us in 2 kings that Elisha had sent one of the children ofthe prophets to anoint Jehu as the new King of Israel and gave Jehuinstructions from God to smite the house of Ahab his master to avenge the deathof all the prophets who have died under the hands of Jezebel. Jehu obeyed these instructions zealouslyand immediately he was anointed he ordered that the gate of the city be closedso nobody would tell king Ahab what was happening and began to war withoutdelay against the prophet of Baal and the dynasty of Ahab.
Seizingthe moment comes from total obedience and submission to God. When we obey God’sinstruction, we seize the moment. Justlike the story of Abraham who was instructed by God to sacrifice his sonIsaac, Abraham seized the moment by obeying God and following Godinstructions. The bible recorded in Genesis 22, that early in themorning Abraham rose and did what God said. He never contemplated nordiscussed the subject matter with his wife, he went forth immediately to carryout Gods instructions.
Seizingthe moment would require us to follow through with every instruction given tous by God. The bible tells us about how David defeated Goliath in thebook of Samuel 17:49-51
49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slungit and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead,and he fell face down on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over thePhilistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand, he struckdown the Philistine and killed him. 51 David ran and stood over him.He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After hekilled him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw thattheir hero was dead, they turned and ran.
AfterDavid threw a stone that entered the temple of Goliath he wasn’tsatisfied, he didn’t relax in victory, the bible tells us that he ran toGoliaths body and cut off his head and as the Philistines saw this they ran away.Cutting off Goliaths head sealed the victory over the philistines. A lot ofChristian in the world today fail to complete the instructions and tasks they aregiven. The moment a sign of victory begins to emerge they relax and becometardy with the instructions. If you have ever wondered why David rantowards Goliath to cut off his head, you will know that by cutting off Goliathshead he made sure that Goliath (the hero of the Philistines) will never rise again,and this is what we as Christian should begin to emulate. As a Christian we areto finish the assignments and tasks given to us, if we are assigned to fast andpray for three days we should fast and pray for three days, a lot of Christiansfail to understand that when we do not finish our assigned tasks, we are givingtime to the enemy, This Time given to the enemy will allow the enemy to recuperate,reinforce and strike back again even harder. Therefore, we should worktirelessly and rigorously to complete our God assigned tasks to achieve divinevictory.
Seizingthe moment can also mean avoiding procrastination. When God instructs us to dosomething we are to act instantly (without delay). As Christians we are not tocontemplate about what God asks us to do because while thinking, we can losethe momentum of that season.
There is clarion call to arise and desist fromour Luke warmness as true believers of God and not rest for a moment inspiritual activities.
The bible tells us in Ephesians 5:14 ,
"Wherefore he saith, awake thou thatsleepiest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."
Sleep in this context means submissiveness toslothfulness, procrastination, and sin. The bible tells us here to leave slothfulness,procrastination, and sin, for they all lead to spiritual death and embrace thethings of God so that Christ will show us the way to spiritual growth and life.
Let’s read: Matthew 25:1-13
The passage in Matthew tells us the parable often virgins awaiting the arrival of the bridegroom. Five of the virgins cameprepared by bringing along with them extra oil for their lamps, while the otherfive virgins did not. As the bridegroomdelayed in arriving, the oil in the lamps of the unprepared Five virginsexhausted so they went in search of oil. While on their search the bridegroom arrived,and the door was shut. This parable simply explains to us we should always beready to seize every moment or opportunity for spiritual and physical growth.
Let’s also read the parable of a man who gavehis servants talents: Matthew 25:14-30
This is the parable of the talents. Thisparable tells us how a man who was about to travel shared talents to hisservants according to their abilities. To one he gave five talents, to anotherhe gave two talents and finally to another he gave one talent. When he returnedfrom his travels, all the servants presented to their master what they had donewith their talents. The bible tells us that the first two servants doubledtheir talents while the servant with one talent buried it in the ground becauseof fear. The servants who doubled their talents were greatly reward and to theone who buried his talent the one talent was taken away.
As aChristian we are to seize every moment presented to us by God this meanscarrying out Gods instructions even when we are afraid. When we carry out Godsinstructions afraid, our confidence and faith in God is straightened becauseafter we have succeeded, and we are rewarded we know now that we can do allthings through Christ our lord and savior and there is no need to be afraid.
This parable also explains the Justice Systemof God that He is never unjust. He has deposited wonderful treasures in usaccording to our ability and want us to work with the treasures so that wecontinue to pursue the advancement of his kingdom. God desires that we areprofitable with what he has given us.
There is one crucial thing we should bear inmind as Christians, that is, in God's kingdom, it is not about what you aregiven but what you did with what you are given.
AsChildren of God, it is important for us to remember that we are all valuable toour Heavenly father. Having less talents doesn’t make you unworthy orincompetent because what truly matters is what we do with the talents we are given.We should also remember while waiting for our blessings to come, we should bewary of what we do or say at that waiting period, because our words can either prolongor cancel out the blessings of that season. Every Moment or Opportunitypresented to us by God is an opportunity to grow spiritually and physically, AsChristians we are to constantly seek out these moments and seize them byfollowing the tasks and instructions that follow.