One of the greatest challenges of salvation is staying saved even after most of your material dreams have been realised in Christ. Truth is, many of us come to Jesus Christ in the first place, because we are battling an illness, barrenness, joblessness or any other challenge that refuses to go away.
And in our new-found faith, we seek God with enviable diligence, never missing an overnight prayer, weekly fellowships, not to mention Sunday service. And fasting and prayer become a way of life.
God is faithful; Jesus said in the Bible that miracles are food for God's children (read Matthew 15:25-26), so God sooner than later often answers our prayers and what seemed like impossibilities before, become tangible miracles.
Barren wombs conceive. Much-needed marriages are bestowed. Financial situations turn around. I have even witnessed a sister in 2005 receiving healing for leukaemia. All miracles. But how do we respond to them?
Last week during a midweek fellowship, the Lord pressed it upon my spirit that we just snatch His miracles and run. We start complaining about how busy we are with the spouses, jobs, children, etc, that God gave us, and sometimes abandon Him altogether.
The spirit asked, if miracles are indeed food for God's children, why then is there no spiritual growth for those who eat of the miracles and all we see are stunted children of God?
Formerly fervent ministers become too busy and preoccupied for ministry. Those who once exhibited such passion for the Lord return to the world with equal measure of passion. I felt ashamed.
As I pondered the next move, a sister from the same fellowship said she had heard a similar message as she prayed. And during Sunday service, my pastor's sermon was also quite spot-on on the same message.
God is still blessing us, but like Pastor James Kato once said during a lunch hour fellowship, God blesses us to become busy; so, that is no excuse. If He didn't expect us to become busy, He would not have given us jobs, marriages, businesses and children at all!
But it is how much time you carve out of your busy schedule for God that underscores true sacrifice. You can be rich and still serve God. You can have a successful marriage and a successful ministry. You can lead a jet-set life and still be on fire for Christ. Just make the time.