The Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio, in the Baroque tenebrist manner
We all know Abraham — an imperfect man, but one of unfathomable faith as he obediently put his son Isaac on the altar in Genesis 22. But in Genesis 24, we see an awesome picture of faithfulness in Abraham’s servant as he ventures to Abraham’s homeland, at the request of his master, to find a wife for Isaac.
If we break down this narrative, we see several steps emerge, and this unnamed servant (possibly Eliezer, according to Jewish tradition), becomes an unlikely model for us for faithful service in our own workplaces.
Step 1: He gets his instructions and makes sure he’s got them straight. He’s a good steward of his position (Gen. 24: 1-9).
Do you fully understand what your client or your boss is asking of you? Ask questions and seek understanding of not just the requirements of the task but also of the purpose of the task. Abraham’s servant cared about Abraham, so securing a wife for his son was likely a task close to his own heart. Connecting to the purpose your boss has in mind helps you to see the bigger picture of why you were chosen for the task. If you can’t get clarity from your boss in the purpose of the task, ask God to reveal it, as you step forward in faith.
Step 2: He set out. You’ve got to take action to be a servant (Gen. 24:10).
Jesus requires action of us, not just feeling. Although you may have completed Step 1 successfully and connected emotionally or spiritually to the task, nothing gets done until something gets done. God will guide your footsteps, but he will not take them for you. Set out, one step at a time. Get something done today, even if you haven’t clarified the bigger spiritual connection to it yet.
In his book Monday Morning Success, Hugh Welchel helps us understand this. Looking at the motivation of each of the stewards in the parable of the talents (Matt. 25), Whelchel points out, “the invitation into the joy of our master should be our prevailing motivation for work.”
Step 3: He prayed. He acknowledged who was in control and asked for his success and a blessing for his master (Gen. 24:12).
Wow. What if we all did this at our jobs? If we took the time to pray Psalm 20:4 not just over our personal life, but over our bosses—what impact might we have on the assignments chosen in the first place?
Psalm 20:4: says: “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” This does not mean God will grant our every wish, but rather as we pray, the Holy Spirit will work in our hearts to make our desires be in accord with God’s own desires for us. Once our desires come into alignment with his will, then we are praying that all plans related to those desires will succeed.
Step 4: Trust that God will answer your prayer.
It is acknowledged twice in the text that God answered his prayer before he was done praying (Gen 24:15, 45), but the servant doesn’t question God’s timing. This requires discernment, which is a gift from the Holy Spirit. Sure, we would all love for our prayers to be answered before we’re even done praying them! The main point to remember is that God’s timing is exact and purposeful, and our thoughts and ways are not his (Is. 55:8-9).
Step 5: He watched what was happening to confirm God’s hand; he practiced discernment in action (Gen 24:21).
If you are not sure whether something is God’s will, go to prayer and go to his word. If your plans or circumstances are consistent with scripture, consider yourself blessed. If they don’t align, consider yourself blessed for the discernment to know otherwise and then move on. Praying for wisdom and discernment in all aspects of our life is imperative for godly action.
Step 6: He worships God and gives God the glory in the victory (Gen 24:26-48).
This is an incredible challenge for us in a society that loves accolades, awards, and distinction—especially in the workplace. If your boss came to you today with the intention of giving you a raise for your outstanding work, would you be bold enough to graciously receive the accolades but give the glory to God?
Step 7: Success is perceived, but he still continues to let God handle the result (Gen 24:49).
We have all experienced the emotional high of securing the big account only to see the contract fall through a week later. Even in our most “victorious” moments, we are to ask for his will to be done unconditionally. The opposite is also true; in our perceived “failures,” we should be quick to humble ourselves, ask what we can learn from the situation, and give God the glory. Sometimes, the very client you “lost” is the one God protected you from. God’s view of success may not align with your company’s financial goals, but it always aligns with your being transformed into his son’s image.
We have much to learn from the unnamed servant. His journey is a total success from following these steps. As Hugh Whelchel has said, “When we live out a life of excellence at work, our witness takes on a whole new meaning.”
This article is copied with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (www.tifwe.org). The original article appeared here. IFWE is a Christian research organization committed to advancing biblical and economic principles that help individuals find fulfillment in their work and contribute to a free and flourishing society. Visit https://tifwe.org/subscribe to subscribe to the free IFWE Daily Blog.
THE NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORY OF LECRAE’S LOSS OF FAITH AFTER THE EXPERIENCES OF HIS PAST THREATENED TO RUIN HIS CAREER AND LIFE.
Two-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae had inspired millions with his redemptive and gut-honest art. But when his personal life spun into chaos, he was forced to face the buried impact of the unhealed wounds–sexual abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression–that threatened to tear it all apart. Along the way, he realized the wounds we all carry have the potential to be unlikely guides to healing and freedom for ourselves, and others.
With vulnerable honesty and transformational yet simple steps you can apply today, Lecrae shares the personal practices he uses in his daily life for mental, emotional, and spiritual health. With powerful prose, he gives an unflinching look at the personal and public spaces that sadly hurt us so often–culture, politics, family, church, personal failure–and reminds us that learning to let go and forgive is the birthplace for the life of creativity and freedom God has for us.
I Am Restored is an inspiring charge to embrace the lasting healing and restoration available now, and that we all desperately long for, because no matter what you’ve experienced, God is near, He hears, and He’s not done with you yet.
Fast rising Gospel music minister Yadah has topped the June edition of the Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart, compiled by The International Association of Christian Media Practitioners [IACMP], with her wavemaking recent single titled “Onye Inaputara.”
With +18K views on the music video released on the 12th of June and an overwhelming number of votes from 54 Nigerian Gospel music blogs all across the nation, add to the nods from IACMP Top 10 Chart Panelists, the Abuja based Gospel artiste has whisked the spot off Dunsin Oyekan’s “At All Cost,” which dropped 6 steps to the Number 7 spot, for the month of June.
“Obinasom,” by Mercy Chinwo, Ada Ehi’s “Fix My Eyes On You” featuring Sinach and GUC’s “All That Matters,” all made their way back to the chart in order of mention due to recent demands and the vacuole created by lack of stronger contenders for the month. “‘All That Matters” by GUC pushed “On God” by Eben a step down from the number 4 spot which the single held last month.
The IACMP Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart uses popular votes from about 54 Gospel music blogs & online radio stations all over Nigeria, online music statistics such as charts from Gospel music blogs all over Nigeria. Also views, downloads, streams, external Gospel music charts and the decision of 2 panels (a 4-man and a 6-man panel) as criteria to determine the song that makes the monthly chart. The chart is the most credible Gospel music chart in Nigeria.
Let Us Assume that: 1) The cause of this pandemic is the 5-G technology.
2) The only answer to the pandemic is a vaccine to be administered with a chip.
3) The chip will be the fulfilment of the biblical prophecy of 666, the mark of the beast.
4) Anyone whether he is a believer or not, who takes the vaccine (with the chip) which is mark of the beast will be automatically lost forever!
5) Any one who refuses to take the vaccine will die from the virus or from hunger but he will be saved whether he is a believer or not!
Such a person will not even be allowed to buy or sell because he doesn’t have the mark of the beast but he will be saved forever! .
So, the only way out of the pandemic is to take the vaccine. The vaccine is the only way to survive now!
What is the Implication of all these?
If the above 5 points are correct it means that:
Salvation now is purely based on receiving or refusing the mark (the vaccine).
Even if one is a believer but takes the mark he will be lost. So, salvation now is purely based on what we do with the mark! If you take the vaccine you shall be lost. If you reject the vaccine you shall be saved!
Salvation by faith in Christ Jesus is no longer valid. Christ died in vain. Jesus is no longer the message.
The vaccine is now the message!
Do you understand now?
Rev. Joshua Izugbara Nwokedi is The Senior of The Living Ambassadors Church Kubwa Abuja, Nigeria. He is an author of several books. Visit https://izugbara.org/for his books and Articles