MOOD: Yes Lord! I finally started this blog with you but the pressure to continually do well and keep up a good front is weighing on me and I’m tired.
Like most people today, I’ve been moving with the wind. Just focusing on work and highlighting how tired I was to do what I’ve been called to do and it became easy to blame everything else but myself for my inconsistency and lack of intentionality. It’s so easy to get caught up in the affairs of the world that we forget to just stop and breathe and remind ourselves what’s most important.
So I started talking to God about how I was feeling and He told me that in order for my walk to be consistent and purpose centered I have to be blameless. Now from a young age, whenever I read passages in the bible about being blameless, to me it was only about being without sin and to not be found wanting. But then the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said “to have purpose is to be without blame”. Then going into the word of God, I realized that people who God used for His glory and to be a point of revelation to His people, had to walk without blame. Genesis 17:1 (NIV) says that “When Abraham was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless”. Genesis 6:9 (NIV) says ‘This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God”.
Abraham and Noah were Characters in the bible whose faithfulness, what they were called to do and what they went through initially didn’t make sense to anyone. Consider Noah’s situation with the ark, Abrahams’ situation with his son and Gods promise to his wife; in order for these great men of God to fulfill Gods purpose they had to be blameless and faithful. Blameless before God and without blame towards man. Being blameless is in two parts, being guilt-free concerning the Word of God and then living without blaming the circumstances surrounding your purpose on the people that may have played a part that was negative in your journey. I started becoming very aware of myself around the age of 19. And when God started to reveal my purpose to me, I was ecstatic. Now I know what I’m going to do. Now every distraction was out of the way. But as I got older, the things that started to happen that “seemed” like they were working against me started to frustrate me. I would blame my friends who had disappointed me, my job that was too hectic, my family that was too strict and basically anything that was making me uncomfortable. When you start to blame everyone and everything around you, giving yourself excuses why you can’t do what you’re supposed to do, you become stagnant and anxious. The real race of life is not for the weak and hard times breed endurance.
When Judas betrayed Jesus and had finally come to Him to give Him the kiss that would seal the deal, Jesus replied, “Friend why are you here?” now if I were to be Jesus in that case, knowing the gravity of what you had done, everyone would have to leave the room for us; I mean I would’ve had let you know what’s up. It’s important to know that whether Judas betrayed Jesus or not, prophecy would’ve been fulfilled. If that friend hurt you or not, if your 9-5 is killing you or not, what God says will be, will be. But for the kind of life we live as humans, endurance and perseverance are key characters. God was calling me to look beyond my situation, focus on what’s important. Paul said “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”. Paul experienced a lot of hardships but he never blamed the people for what they did to him. He never forgot what was important and pressed forward. That was the encouragement I needed and this is my encouragement to you who is probably confused and tired and wants to give up especially when you are well aware of where God has brought you from and what He is calling you to do; What God did for you is so much more than what anyone can do to you. Keep being focused. God has called you unto Glory and as long as He is still God, that will always be your portion.