Purpose: Anointed to Do Good

Purpose: Anointed to Do Good

Purpose: Anointed to Do Good

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
– Acts 10:38

There are two missions of Jesus captured above: doing good and healing those oppressed by the devil. Our meditation today will be focused on the first one.

No doubt, if one was to describe the life of Jesus Christ, based on all our meditations in the past few months about His purpose and mission on earth, benevolence is an apt word to sum up His personality and activities. The intensity of His engagements with people and the effects He had on their lives when He was physically present were phenomenal. Now 1,990 years after His physical departure from Earth, the impacts He has had in the lives of innumerable people across different ages and climes on a daily basis were even more mind-blowing.

The interesting thing about His good works is that they are not static or one-off. The Bible says He “went about doing” them. That means He did not discriminate where His benevolence would be focused; His acts of kindness were without bias and were extended to the Jews, the Samaritans, the Greeks, the Romans, the Syro-Phoenicians, and other nationalities. He taught them, healed them, delivered them, fed them, raised their dead, and restored their sights, among other things.

His good work was also not a one-off, as He continued to minister to people day and night even at personal inconveniences, such that when He was urged to eat at one time, He said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).

The charge to do good is a universal calling. Jesus only came to show us how best to do it. Through His personal examples, He modelled to us the right spirit with which to do it as well as the commitment, the passion, the focus, the compassion, and the consistency needed to make an appreciable impact.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Exalted to Give Repentance and Forgiveness

Purpose: Exalted to Give Repentance and Forgiveness

Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
– Acts 5:31

Jesus, having completed His assignments on earth, was exalted and placed on the highest pedestal in heaven – the right hand of God. He was also entrusted with all power to do and undo in heaven and on earth. That power includes the ability to give repentance and forgiveness.

Sin of any kind puts one in bondage; thus inhibiting the performance and sabotaging the efforts of the sinner, making a hardworking individual look lazy and a smart person stupid. This is so because sin shields the sinner from God and the X factor that adds favour to labour.

Living with guilt-consciousness also hinders productivity and deflates joy. It robs the mind of the mental state needed to integrate socially. Sin and guilt can defeat the purpose of one’s life. That is the reason God gave Jesus the power to set humans free from the bondage of guilt and sin by offering repentance, on one hand, and forgiveness on the other.

It is an indescribable experience to live without the weight of guilt and sin. It frees you up to be all that God created you to be. It offers the peace of mind needed for creativity, productivity and achievements. Jesus is empowered to give us that experience.

Jesus is the One God has entrusted with the power to give repentance and forgiveness of sins. But He has also ceded some of the power to His followers while commissioning them to go preach the gospel, which will lead the hearers to repentance. He also said, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; and if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:23).

In fulfilling the great commission of ministering Jesus to sinners, you are partnering with Him in offering them repentance and another chance; and by forgiving those who have hurt or offended you, you are demonstrating the divine power to release a fellow human, so that he can fulfil his/her destiny.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Anointed to Influence

Purpose: Anointed to Influence

Purpose: Anointed to Influence

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
– Acts 4:13

One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to model the ideal life to us with the aim of influencing us to live rightly and maximally. He came to help us to see real-life how we can live a godly, holy, righteous and pure life and still be successful. Through personal examples and teachings, He showed us how to operate and conduct ourselves in various circumstances.

He also modelled affection, care, kindness, compassion, boldness, justice, perspective, tact, discipline, work ethics, relationships, how to pray, how and when to speak, personal and social responsibility, among other things, to us. You should make it an obligation to read the gospels of Matthew to John to have firsthand knowledge of Jesus’ way of life. After that, you can proceed to read from the book of Acts to Revelation. This will further entrench your knowledge of the Lord and enhance your relationship with Him.

From the passage above, we see that at whatever level Jesus met you, He is bound to leave you a better person than you were. Peter and John met Him as “uneducated and untrained men,” but He left them a bold and articulate pair. Peter was particularly shifty and garrulous; two attributes that are not becoming of a leader. But, by the time Jesus was done with Him, he was an embodiment of wisdom, calmness, and grace. Paul met Jesus as a learned, but vitriolic young man; but he became enlightened and purposeful, without losing his trademark passion, only having it redirected in the right course. He was learned, but not enlightened; he had zeal, but for the wrong cause. He later wrote: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Jesus is a game-changer any day. And He didn’t want us to imbibe His spirit alone; He also desires that we are living examples of the finest ideals wherever we are.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Bless

Purpose: Sent to Bless

To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you…”
– Acts 3:26

This passage introduces another purpose of Jesus Christ to us, He was sent to bless us. In whatever way you look at it, Jesus has been a blessing. During His lifetime, innumerable people had solutions, healing, breakthrough, deliverance, turnaround, restoration, recovery of sight as well as many other positive interventions in their lives by virtue of their encounter with Him.

Even long after He had departed physically from the earth and ascended to heaven, His name continues to bless billions of lives across the ages and His power still ministers to people in various ways. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap; to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory’ (1 Samuel 2:8). Take it or leave it, from the beginning of times till date, no one like Him has ever lived. No one loves humanity more than Him; no one has blessed more people than Him; and no one has intervened in critical situations more than Him.

The mandate to bless is a universal calling. But, of course, there are people around, as there have always been, who take this calling more seriously than others. They have a compulsive desire to bless people and make a difference in their situations. To such people, their day would not complete without having extended a hand of kindness to someone else. The interesting thing about this is that it is the key to greatness. Being enamoured with it offers you more platforms and resources to do more. You don’t deplete by being a blessing to others, you can only increase.

The call to bless is not restricted to the rich alone, and no one is so impoverished that he cannot be a blessing. There is always something to do; a word of prayer, committed intercession, little gifts, sincere compliments, community service, words of encouragement, the list is endless. It is in the doing that increase is assured.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life (2)

Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life (2)

Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life (2)

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.
– John 10:10

Jesus did not only come to offer us life in lieu of the death and destruction that the devil brings, He came to offer us a more abundant life.

An abundant life connotes fullness and surplus, with nothing lacking. Therefore, there is a surplus in every facet of the life that Jesus gives. That means full stature and robust health in the physical, emotional wholeness, mental acuteness, social integration, spiritual growth, productivity at work, profitability in business, sustained and balanced self-development, as well as a generally fruitful life. These are some of the benefits that come with the abundant life that Jesus offers.

But He does not force Himself or His package on anyone; whoever desires to enjoy Him must first make a decision to repent of his/her sins and then consciously subscribe to Him by accepting Him as Lord and Saviour. Then, such person must devote him/herself to constant fellowship with Him in prayers, Bible study and congregating with other believers. It is by doing these that one grows spiritually and attains the understanding that positions one for a more abundant living.

Although abundant life can be seen physically, it is not a tangible bestowal. Rather, it is a material state that is triggered by an intangible mental process of understanding all that Christ has done and accepting such as one’s own heritage. This will then result in living one’s life based on that confidence.

The abundant life Jesus gives is available to everyone who has confessed Him as Lord. But it takes devotion to Him in prayers, Bible study and fellowship to attain the understanding that will deliver it and make it a personal experience.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Highlight the Truth

Purpose: Sent to Highlight the Truth

Jesus answered, “…For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. – John 18:37

Another reason Jesus came to earth is captured in the passage above where He declared that He came to bear witness to the truth. The fact that Jesus came on account of the truth points at the existence of lies. Lies are dangerous; they can derail one from the right path; they can also destroy life or kill initiative. Just as there is God’s truth in every life situation, so also do lies exist that are meant to distort the truth and mislead.

The truth is the ideal, lie is never an ideal. And Jesus came to illuminate, to broadcast and to enforce the truth so that the influence of lie can be reduced. There were many shrouded issues of life that Jesus shed light on in the scriptures. He helped us to put a name to many phenomena as well as appropriately define certain things.

Lie puts one in the bondage of fear and despair. Truth is the source of all freedom (John 8:32). When the truth of any matter is revealed, all the terrors associated with the lie are cast away and confusion gives way to understanding. As an apostle of truth, Jesus came to relieve us of the tension of living in ignorance and guesswork. He came to add precision to our mode of operation.

There are also apostles of truth all around us today. These are people who are obsessed with knowing the truth of any matter and getting to the root of phenomenon usually accepted on the face value by others. They always ask questions and query even the obvious. They could be scientists, researchers, archaeologists, academics, philosophers, teachers of the scriptures, people with scientific inclination, and many others. The world owes so much to the findings of these people. They can never become irrelevant.

If your obsession syncs with the above, perhaps you are called to be a witness to the truth in the matter that is agitating you.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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