Thursday, 3rd February, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word" (1 Kings 18:21 KJV)
In 1 Kings 19:10, Elijah said, “...I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant….” This was something that God loved about Elijah: his passion for the Lord. He felt so bad that the people were serving other gods and had neglected the house of the Lord. So, he said, “Lord, you’ve blessed them so much; now they don’t want to serve you. Let there be no rain, so they’ll starve for a while and turn to you.”
It was his passion for God that made him call for a drought. He wasn’t just trying to punish the people; and God saw his heart. It’s the kind of mind God wants us to have about His Kingdom. When you see sinners in your neighbourhood, your school, your workplace, your city, or your nation, let it get your attention. Be moved to prayer, and then also reach out to them with the Gospel.
Recall that there were One Hundred and Fifty other prophets who were hiding in the time of Elijah. They weren’t moved by what was going on in the land, even though they hadn’t bowed to Baal. But Elijah stood out for God! He was moved to pray. This is the same reason you see some Christians who are so stirred and passionate about the things of God today, winning souls into the Kingdom, while others seem to be distracted by fleshly things.
Be different. Be passionate for the Lord. Get busy with evangelism and partnerships for reaching the lost in our world. The Bible says God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). You can make a difference, because you’re His mouthpiece and outstretched arm of salvation to those in your world and the regions beyond.
"Dear Father, thank you for the gift of the Gospel, and for allowing me to be a custodian of its message, truth and power. I’m fired up in my spirit to reach those who are yet to hear the Word of salvation, and I intercede in prayer for them. I’ll continue to reach out to those in my world and beyond, as we look forward to the soon coming of the Lord, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Psalm 69:9 CEV; Jeremiah 20:9 AMPC; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 9:16
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 24:1-35 & Exodus 26-27
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 15:1-11 & Job 38-39