The month of July marks the beginning of another Foursquare year. Like seasons, a new year offers opportunity for stock taking. It is usually a time for reflection, review, reordering and repositioning for a new beginning. It comes with fresh hope, renewed zeal and greater energy to surpass the accomplishment of the out gone year.
The covenant of God with us for the new year 2017/2018 is “New Glory.” New glory not only for ourselves as individuals nor our Olota Captain church alone, but for our community and the Foursquare Movement in Nigeria. We will no more pride ourselves only in the achievements of the past, Heaven will refresh our testimonies and greater shall be our rejoicing.
This appears a wishful thinking in an environment of social malaise, economic recession and general decadence that are prevalent in our land. I heard it clearly, that if we are willing, the zeal of God will make it possible, and many will weep for joy. You and I hold the keys to this all important move of the Spirit in our midst.
We all desire positive and great things for ourselves and our nation; we all know what the problems are; we all know what the solutions are; we all have a part of the solutions as individuals; and, we all know that it will not begin until it begins. What we all expect is, however, the one who will make the sacrifice and lead the pack.
The story in the thirteenth and the fourteenth chapters of the book of first Samuel is very instructive. The Philistines sorely intimidated the people of Israel and challenged them to a ferocious war. This was after they had raped the land and rid it of all the blacksmiths to the extent that on the day of battle no one but Saul and Jonathan had weapons in the whole of land. Most of the thousands of soldiers assembled by Saul for the war deserted and worse still, several of them decamped to the Philistines army, to fight against their own people, because of fear. In the final analysis, the Lord gave victory to Israel.
Israel prevailed because of one man who volunteered to face the challenge head on. In 1 Samuel 14:6 it is written “And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” In that story, Jonathan took it upon himself to fight to save his race. He decided not to wait for anyone and he expected nothing from anybody. He desired victory for Israel and he was ready to be the sacrifice for it if necessary.
Our theme for the month of July shall be “VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WHO WILL I SEND?.” We will be reading from I Samuel 14: 1-6 and Nehemiah 2:15-20. A volunteer is a person who acts out of his own freewill, not by assignment, and without legal obligations. In verse one of the same chapter fourteen, it is written that Jonathan did not tell anyone, not even King Saul his father, who was fear stricken and could have discouraged him. Jonathan was a volunteer. Nehemiah was another good example of a volunteer. But for him, the wall of Jerusalem would not have been rebuilt. A volunteer notices a need and he meets it.
Prophet Isaiah said “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” – Isaiah 6:8. The volunteer is self appointing, self motivating, self compelling and self propelling. He does everything for free, out of his own volition and of his own freewill. A volunteer makes sacrifices, and makes himself a sacrifice if necessary.
The Lord is looking for volunteers. If the families and the church will make progress, each one of us must be willing to be used of God to meet the perceived need in every area that we are individually endowed without waiting for anyone. We are all quick to notice the gap but we are reluctant to fill it. Apostle Paul wrote to Titus “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need and not be unfruitful.” – Titus 3:14. Each one of us must be willing to work for the change that is desired.