You are specially welcome to this edition. By the grace of God, this month, this column will be featuring on singles with the subject, Covenant Responsibilities For Singles.
God is a God of covenants. He believes in, respects and does not break covenants. When man keeps his own side of the covenant, God keeps His as well (Psalms 89:34). A wise man has said, “Responsibility is the price for greatness.” This is very true. It is your responsibility to secure your future! It won’t come by wishing; it will only come by working it. It won’t come by waiting for it; it will come by working at it. Life, as you know, is all about responsibilities. To be useful, you must be responsible! For you to be useful in life, you need to understand and accept your covenant responsibilities.
Every glorious future requires the involvement of man for it to be built and secure; even though in the ultimate, God is the Builder of all things and without Him, all of man’s effort equals vanity. God’s Word in Hebrews 3:4 says: For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
This glorious week, I will be teaching on Locating the right purpose for living. My husband, Bishop David Oyedepo, once quoted Martin Luther King Jnr. as saying, “If a man has no purpose for living, he is not fit to live.” I want to add that it is not enough to have a purpose for living, but much more, to have the right purpose. God’s Word says: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5).
There is a reason for your existence. Before you were formed in your mother’s womb, God knew you and set you aside for something specific. That specific thing that you have been set aside for, is the reason for your existence. You are not an after-thought or a biological accident, the circumstance surrounding your birth notwithstanding. Even if you were born out of wedlock, you did not just happen or appear on this earth by mistake. You were made. This explains why Psalms 100:3 says: Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
It is a known fact that every product delivers its best when used according to the manufacturer’s design. Likewise, you cannot live a distinguished and outstanding life, until you locate the purpose for your existence and abide by it. There is a particular cause to which you have been separated. You can only be positively different and stand out, when you are in the centre of God’s assignment for you on the earth.
God, your Manufacturer, deliberately packaged and sent you on earth for a specific reason. You are a high-tech product, packaged to perform certain defined functions. You exist for a definite reason. This reason is not for you to determine; it was already pre-determined by God before your existence.
Paul, the Apostle, lived an outstanding life because he discovered the purpose for his existence. He knew he was separated unto something right from his mother’s womb. He located it and lived for it. Galatians 1:15 says: But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace.
Furthermore, Joseph, Gideon, Esther, Jeremiah, Peter and indeed everyone who lived an outstanding life, including Jesus, did so on the basis of their discovery of the reason for their existence (1 John. 3:8). However, you must understand that locating the reason for your existence is a personal, non-transferable responsibility. It is the master key to a life of distinction. Until you locate the reason why you exist, you are a disaster going somewhere to happen!
May I tell you this with all sense of responsibility – Now that you are still single is the best time to find out the reason for your existence! To miss this reason is to live in misery. I had always known from my youth that I would be involved in ministry work though I never knew the magnitude. The mandate for this ministry was delivered to my husband, the visionary, before we got married, while he was still single. So, locate your purpose for living!
To locate your purpose for living, you must be connected to God. This is by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are ready to be born again, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).