Positioned for Impact!
I don’t know what your new year’s resolutions are, but I am sure of one thing; you are positioned for impact. Wait, isn’t this CITAM Karen’s 2018 them? Of course!
From the first sermon this year, Rev. Karita Mbagara commits himself to bring this message home to the members and visiting congregants. And he begins by saying, “If you must make a change this year, you must pray, plan and act.”
I take this piece of advice to heart, because the pastor’s next line is, “If you don’t do it, the year will be just another year, and I don’t suppose you want that, I don’t.
If you are reading this, you definitely want to impact on someone or something. Who or what is the change in your mind. That should have been the first thing you figured out through prayer. And after that, what is the plan to make it happen in the course of this year?
A friend of mine told me towards the end of last year, “I am starting an online clothing line for kids soon.” When I met her on the first Sunday of the year, she told me she had traveled to China for a few days to buy the goodies. The clothes just arrived, and she is about to start selling them to potential customers. What is your story?
For all I know, year in and out, we have the tendency of making resolutions every year, but do we do this through prayer? Do we ask God to help us find out what we are required to achieve each year, or do we go the rogue way! For instance, “I must own a car this year, or I must get married, or I must start a business in 2018.
Excellent resolutions there, but, I guess it is so interesting if I or you were to learn that you have not been quite successful in achieving your “resolutions”. From a personal experience, I can attest to this. And thinking about it, I have not achieved whatever I purposed to achieve in the past years because somehow, I managed to wander away from God’s breathe.
And isn’t this a common mistake most of us do? Straying from God’s will, purpose, desire, plan for our lives. This is why we lug behind when it comes to God’s ministry, and it is why we might not be in a position to brace for impact. But there is hope through faith in Jesus!
Back to Rev. Karita’s sermon, making an impact is about creating a positive impact with an eternal value. This means you need to know what kind of change you are destined to make, and do something beyond the knowledge.
James 1: 22-25, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” NIV
Yet this is not all one needs to do. Because all is pointless without Jesus. One must walk in Spirit to be able to create a valuable bang with an everlasting glory.
Acts 1:4, “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. “’ NIV
Immediately the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they were empowered in remarkable ways. First and foremost, Peter stood before them and spoke boldly about Jesus Christ, and those who received this message gladly, were baptized, three thousand people were added to their original number, Acts 2:41.
We could take Jesus’ command to His disciples literally by saying; the disciples might have missed their chance of receiving the Holy Spirit had they not listened to what Jesus said to them. We could also assume that nothing big in the Kingdom of God happens without the authority of the Holy ghost.
In that case, I believe we are on the same page now. As we pray, plan and believe God to position you, for the impending impact. Let’s make the Holy Spirit our partner in Salvation!
LORD Jesus, help me to glorify you today, and cause others to glorify you today!
Prayer by Rev. Karita Mbagara