2Timothy 2:2, 4-5
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.”
One morning during my quiet time, I was impressed of the Lord with this thought, ‘Son if you can be a little more organised you will make great progress in your life’. So I sat down by the help of the Holy Spirit to evaluate the loopholes in my life. I examined my spending pattern, how I used my free time, how I organised my library and the kind of things that mostly occupy my thoughts etc. After a period of thinking, admitting my wrongs and repenting of all the things that the Holy Spirit highlighted to me, I did a close study of the habits in my life that made me careless in those areas.
Some of the things God showed me were not sins, they were weights and I want you to know that weight and sin have the same impact on the life of Christians. Someone may be asking what a weight is. A weight is the baggage you have in your life that hinders your high performance in any area of your life and consequently makes you less than what God intended for you to be. For example cutting prayer time with God because of a program on television or sport news; interrupting your time of fellowship with God to take a phone call; using your tithe and offerings to do other things; using the money your clients gave you for a contract job to buy clothes or to pay off another debt without executing that contract. All these culminate in loss of glory, honour and integrity before man and God. Yes they are not sins but they are weights and they deprive you of the joy that is set before you. I am sure you will agree with me that even the fastest runner in the world would under-perform and lose out in a race if he had to carry a large bag of rice while running the race. He may win a rat race but not a real race.
I have since set a standard for myself in every area of my life and I keep improving on it. I found out that since I made the required adjustments and became more accountable I enjoy more honour and increase like never before. God specifically told me that I can determine the time and level of my promotion in life because He has already made me aware that at different intervals in this life He will surely ask me to give account of what He told me to do and He will promote me solely on my performance at the specific thing He told me to commit my life to.
Since I know what He wants me to do for Him and how He wants me to do it and the kind of life He wants me to live, I face my assignment with total commitment and singleness of heart. When God sees that my heart and actions correspond with the instructions He has given me, He rises up to bless and increase me in spite of opposition and sometimes unfavourable circumstances.
Please note that every new level of blessing puts a new and greater demand on your level of accountability. So it’s a cycle and you are to work the cycle in order to rise higher and higher in your life. I have been working in my call as a Pastor for several years and I am still looking for ways to improve my service to God and His people so that when God checks on me He would be able to say, “Well done good and faithful servant, take another step higher.”
Please spend time to reflect and rethink on where you are in the things of God and if need be reorganise yourself, as I had to do. Do it quickly because there is greatness waiting to fall on you. I have completely sold out to God and that’s the reason God is never tired of blessing me. I see you drop every weight in your life as you become accountable stewards.
The following are some keys to organised living:
Evaluate your relationships because nobody is greater than their company;
Find out what/who takes most of your time and examine if it is worth your while;
Check your habits and break the negative patterns you have developed over the years;
Have a pocketbook for taking important information. Admit that you cannot remember everything;
Pay more attention to details;
You need to replace your old habits with new ones – this needs commitment and the help of the Holy Spirit;
Avoid distractions from negative people and stay focused on your God-given assignment;
Be sure you are doing what God wants you to do and are where He wants you to be because He only blesses what He commands.
For further Study
Declaration for Today
I am an accountable steward in the Lord’s vineyard. In Jesus name I will not let God and my destiny down, I will perform accordingly and excellently.
Questions for you to reflect
What steps do you intend to take to improve on your accountability