Introduction: This message is a continuation of the series “Destined for Greatness” and I want to use this occasion of the ninth anniversary celebration of JHES to emphasize again that as God’s children, we are destined for greatness. Under this topic, we have discussed the dimensions of greatness, and the price of greatness. We have talked about the price Jesus paid and the price we must pay. We have talked about the price of holiness and the price of separation, now I want us to talk about another price we must pay which is: Sowing the seeds of greatness.
Introduction: Transformation is a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. The bible made us understand that the Spirit of God moved over the face of the water and God said let there be light and there was light. God spoke into the earth, what he expects from it. It simply means that God is expecting us to live according to His master plan. Many a time we find ourselves in situations and condition that do not define God’s Plan for our lives.
Introduction: Easter Sunday commemorates the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from the dead. It is the climax of the events of the final days of Jesus’ coming to the world. Three days earlier on Good Friday, He was betrayed, arrested, tortured and crucified on the cross of Calvary. On Easter morning, He rose from the dead as He has promised. Of what importance is the empty tomb. A tomb is where we bury the dead. Our Lord Jesus was buried in the tomb but thank God today His tomb is empty. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead and the empty tomb means different things to different people.
Introduction: One of the first instructions God gave to the woman is to be a help mate. In Gen. 2:18, 21-23, God’s word says “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Introduction: Previously we have said that although God has destined us for greatness, it comes at a cost. Jesus already paid the price to make us great, but we also must pay some of the price in order to attain the greatness that our God has destined for us. The first price we must pay is the price of holiness and we used the example of Joseph. The second price we must pay is as follows:
Introduction: The Scriptures say in Psalm 54: 10 that “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee”. This passage reassures us that our God is a covenant-keeping God. It is true that life confronts us with many different challenges at every stage. We must however constantly remember this promise and many more others that He has given to us in His word. As we walk with God daily, we might be tempted to think that God has forgotten about us because His promises are being delayed.
Introduction: Spirit is the force within a person that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power. It is the inner quality or nature of a person; the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; or the soul. Living in the Spirit means living as a child of God. Romans 8:14 says “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father.” For anyone to dwell in the spirit there is a need to first receive Christ as the Lord and savior.
Introduction: Greatness refers to something of a size, amount, intensity, extent considerably above or higher than the normal or average. Greatness is used to refer to something big, for example, a big dog called Great Dane. Greatness is also used to describe something important, pre-eminent, worthy or most worthy of consideration, for example, Great Britain. Greatness is used to describe something grand, imposing, distinguished, or prominent, for example the Great Lakes. Greatness can also be used to describe a person remarkable in ability, achievement, character or someone outstanding, or someone highly competent or skilled, for example, Alexander the Great or Herod the Great.
Introduction: Life is full of many trials and temptations and we will experience a test at some point in our lives. Life’s trials can either promote or destroy us. The question is – How can we always overcome the test of destruction? Prov. 17:3 says “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart” If your faith has not been tested, it cannot be trusted. It is when we go through trials that others will know who we are and whose we are. Joseph knew God’s purpose for his life even though he was very young. He was very focused about achieving his life’s purpose. What are some of the secrets to his success in life?
Introduction: To activate means to make something active or function. Prophecy means foretelling or predicting what is to come. It is something that is declared by a prophet, especially a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation. A promise is a declaration that something will or will not be done or given. The prophet and his people both have responsibilities. The duty of a prophet is to proclaim God’s message faithfully; and the people’s duty is to receive and apply it to their lives. Prov. 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.” In Lk. 1:29 – 37 the word of the Lord came to Mary.
Introduction: We will conclude this message on living for God by discussing the rewards of discipleship. We have said that discipleship is a major key in living for God. We have defined discipline as “putting under control by training in obedience”. We also discussed the discipline of discipleship – mental, moral and physical discipline. We talked about how to become a disciple and the cost of discipleship. In the Bible passage we read today in Mark 10: 17 – 31, Jesus told His disciples and us what it takes to be a disciple.