THE GRACE TO SUSTAIN TO THE END
November 23, 2016
Everyone aspires to be great in life; but not everyone thinks about how to sustain the greatness. No matter how far you have gone in the journey of life, the end will justify it. What you have acquired in life will not last until you know how to manage it. What got you the present position will never sustain you there. You need paragon of virtue to sustain and forge ahead in life. Except you know more, do more, and learn more, you may not be able to sustain where you are, not to talk of moving to the next level of your life. The knowledge that gave you admission into tertiary institution will not keep you there; unless you know more, do more than you knew or did before you gained the admission. What gave you a job will not keep you in that job except you imbibe a teachable and willing spirit. What brought you into marriage will not keep you in that marriage except you humbly open your mind to learn more of what keeps marriage intact despite storms of life.
On the assumption of his father’s throne as the king of Israel, Solomon knew from the onset that he needed the wisdom from God to sustain him throughout his reigning as the king of Israel. When God asked him what he wanted from Him. He asked for the virtue to rule his people successfully. I King 3:5-14 “…………….Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased God and He gave him what he asked. His fame went across the nations of the earth. He was blessed beyond measure. But Solomon fell from grace to grass when he deviated from the God’s divine instruction. He abused the grace upon his life and God left him I King 11:1-11. In Esther 1:12, Queen Vashti lost her position as queen because of pride. She did not remember her humble beginning that took her to the throne.
You need good human relation, more knowledge of God as well as that of your assignment, a sense of humility, a large heart and respect for others and their opinion, among several others. You must pray and fast more than ever before to sustain whatever level you are now, and to even surpass it. Challenges bring out the best in you; always be willing to take up challenges. Have sense of responsibility, be humble enough to say “I do not know this, please put me through.” Above all always ask for the grace to sustain you and take you beyond the level you are now. When grace disappears, disgrace is inevitable.
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