FEATURE ARTICLE

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
RESCUED FOR WHAT?

“We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live” Lk 1:74-75 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:4

do hope you are enjoying your Christmas.

Those who have followed my writings will notice that some terminologies and vocabularies tinkles my fancy or better said fascinates me or better said resonates with me. Words like fresh, rescue, power, anointing etc . The word rescue eventually emerged as a key word on one of my books that I believe will define me and my legacies - To The Rescue( Say No To Corruption ).

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So this morning the world Rescue caught my attention as I lovely and delightedly enjoy my quiet time. 

What does it mean to Rescue?It means 

save (someone) from a dangerous or distressing situation. Synonyms include :

Deliver, redeem, ransom ,reclaim,. Set free from confinement . Rescue means freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action.

So you and I were rescued by a vigorous action of Jesus facing, the religious leaders of his days, who ensured he was crucified, died, buried , but thank God he resurrected .

What it means is that your life is not cheap. It cost someone . The scripture above says you were rescued from your enemies !

In our modern Christianity we most times belong to two extremes , the school of thought of those who see enemies in all things, let a cockroach or ant pass by they know it is an enemy from their village or work place or household. The other extreme are those millennia generation who think the word enemy should be deleted from English vocabulary because they do not believe that enemy exists. 

Well the bible has not shied away from using the word enemies, you should use it albeit appropriately . It will be foolish to think enemies don’t exist . For all you know if you are a born again child of God, Satan is your enemy and he manifests its enmity towards you and I through the instrumentality of human beings. But the good news as we read from above concerning John the Baptist even before he was born he was rescued from his enemies , you and I belong to that phylum too.” In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Col 1:14 says it cost Jesus his blood!

But what are you rescued for ?

Meaning what is your purpose ? Jesus did not die in vain for you. It is good to celebrate Christmas but it’s also good to know he was born for a purpose so are you and I.

We were told in that scripture to serve.

John the Baptist we were told served his generation by being a wittiness to Helrald and pronounce the coming of Christ . To identified him to the world and a good read of the synoptic gospels especially that of Matthew and John shows how John served his generation :

Let me give you some areas you can serve your generation as we approach the new year 2023.

But before I do that let me point your attention to Vs 75 which says “he served in fear , holiness and righteousness “ so it is not just serving that matters, the way you serve matters, but that will be a discussion for another day. Jesus served in obedience even to the death on the cross . Phil 2:5-9.

So which area can you serve?

1. In the area of your profession. Janitorial , Carpentry, plumbing, engineering , health sector , construction , administration , , you see service is not only a matter of being in full time pastoring , your career path is an area of service to humanity . If there are no farmers what shall we eat, if there are no builders where shall we live ?

2. In the area of ministering : Man is a tripartite personality , much as food, shelter,clothing are necessary the souls and spirit commonly referred to as inner man are of critical importance . Without them you are gone . So some are called to serve in that capacity . Eph 4:11. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;” The only warning is that all are not called to serve in those office, and many they are in our generation who are serving not in their area of gifting.

3. In the area of ministry of help. The people operating in the ministering needs people to serve in the area of worship, administration , ushering , media, drive, give food to the underprivileged , volunteers during events, . It is generally called “behind the scene ministry “

4. In the area of teaching. From kindergarten to tertiary institutions , teaching is a veritable area for humanity to serve.You need to be taught, some ague that they are self trained, I rejoice with them ,but some one designed what you used to train yourself , someone wrote the books.

5. Area of innovation. See the pace at which creativity and innovation is making life more livable, easier and accommodating. See what aircraft ,ships and automobiles are doing to humanity . Not to talk of computer generation, the advancement of social media . You are rescued to serve.

6. Area of enforcement and protection. The military, Air Force , Marine, Police, Fire Department , etc. Choose the are 

7. Area of writing. Writing makes the world go round. Imagine if Bible was not writing and other religious books. Imagine all the books for different subjects , mathematics,medicine,architecture . Go ahead in the coming year, put your experience in paper. You are indirectly serving even a generation unborn . You also throwing more light in an area that would probably have remain unknown . Writers serve the world in special ways you can develop that skill and serve your generation . Do you know your story is peculiar and has the potential of helping people ? There is a lady Preacher call Joyce Meyer, she is a global preacher , but one of the areas that has help her ministry and endeared her to a large fellowship is the forgiveness she gave to her dad who abused her in her infancy and she has put this into writing that has helped many to overcome all kinds of abuses particularly from close relations.

8. Areas of giving money . Learn to support NGO, World Vision, Good Samaritan Purse, churches,Red Cross and many humanitarian agencies. You can support our own NGO - Say No To Corruption Movement of Nigeria. There are many orphanages, motherless and fatherless shelters, rehabilitation centres. You can give money to research centres . Every year to the glory of God I donate to more than 20 agencies, Cancer, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s , etc. Give scholarships. There are many indigene students that have potential to be great stayed in Abuja with my cousin, who was an orphan whom my father spend his resources to serve by sending him to school and he rose to the pinnacle of his banking career. Today he is a consultant to world bank ! You read it well! You are rescued to serve, go ahead and serve.

Conclusion: I do hope you are enjoying your Christmas. One of the area of Jesus specialties is rescuing us from sin and destruction and giving us eternal life. Embrace it. In this Christmas season you can rescue someone from poverty, lack, confusion, misplaced priorities and more. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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