- Written by Dr. Festus Adeyeye Dr. Festus Adeyeye
- Published: 02 June 2019 02 June 2019
Acts 10:38. John 14:12. Matthew 5:13-15, Ephesians 2:8-10
John 18:37 KJV
"Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.
We are grateful to God for his manifold blessings upon the breakthrough family last month. It was indeed a month of refreshing in our various families. Several testimonies were given on how God through the Holy Spirit used the ministrations to transform families. As we press on in our dominion mandate, we are going to set our minds on living a life of impact throughout the month of June. The core of dominion is impacting. To be fruitful, multiply, subdue and have dominion is to live a life of undeniable impact. You were born to make a difference in your generation, irrespective of the condition of your birth. In terms of place, status or the person who gave birth to you, living a life of impact is your mandate.
It doesn’t matter what the color of your skin, you were born to make a difference and a positive impact in your generation. It is very unfortunate that there are certain people who have allowed their background to discourage them from a life of meaning and substance. One truth that must resonate in your mind as a child of God is the fact that redemption is not a reduction. Redemption is a repositioning of destiny to greater heights. Redemption is the restoration of your original purpose. So where you are presently is not designed to become your destination unless you so desires.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE A LIFE OF IMPACT?
- It means to add value to your generation.
- It means making positive contributions wherever you are.
- It means being a blessing to others
- It means being a solution and a hope giver
- it means adding value to whatever resources you are given
In Psalms 91:16, God of course by covenant promised to satisfy you and I with long life. However, the value of life lies not in the length of days but in the value added to people, places and things. A man may live long yet live very little. Acts 13:36. Now when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.
The world should be better because you and I came.
In 2 Corinthians 5:20, the believer is called an ambassador or a Diplomat of God’s kingdom on the earth.
In Matthew 5:14 -15, the Believer is also known as the salt and the light of the world. Salt and light always make a difference to the environment they come into contact with. The believer in Christ has the mandate to illuminate and season the world around with the value of God’s kingdom.
He or She is meant to be a thermostat and not a thermometer. A thermometer differs from a thermostat in that the thermometer only reflects the temperature of a medium. Whereas a thermostat regulates the temperature. You are not to just reflect the culture of your environment or the world as it is, you are to regulate/influence the culture with the Christ’s value system.
From the statement of Jesus in John 18:37, in order to live a life of impact, the first thing to know is that your existence on this earth is not by accident. You must know that you are not an accident. You did not just show up on the planet accidentally or incidentally. Life is a gift, an asset and a blessing from God. You are not an accident, a mistake and definitely not a misfit. The fact that you are alive is evidence that this world still needs what you carry. No manufacturer produces a material first before he determines the purpose. He must as of practice determine the purpose of the very thing first prior to producing it. So also your purpose for existence was determined by God first before you came to this world. Jeremiah 1:5. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:20. You were purposely created for good works.
Secondly, we also saw Jesus’ motivation for living. What was the driving force behind the life and ministry of Jesus Christ?. “To do the will of God the father who sent him”. Everyone’s life is driven by something. You can either live your life motivated by affection for just earthly things or the heavenly.
1. Motivated by self-gratification. This is the motivation to just please self. A life lived for self and for things is a life wasted. Luke 12:15. Don’t measure your value by your material wealth. Primarily, your worth and value are in your relationship with God and in fulfilling his mandate for you on the earth as his ambassador.
2. Motivated by a higher cause. Living for a cause greater than yourself- Esther 4:14b. and who knows whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? There is nothing greater in life than knowing and pursuing God’s purpose for your life. Not just pursuing success, wealth, fame, pleasure, etc.
Acts 10:1-3 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people and prayed to God always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”
The salvation plan of God to the Gentiles firstly manifested in the house of Cornelius. From the above scriptures, one of the qualities that marked his life was generously giving to the people around him.
No one lives a meaningful life without investing in others. Any wealth that only benefits the owner is a wasted wealth. You are not truly rich until you have become an outreach. Your money is not what you have in the bank, it is what people enjoy. God does not commend anyone in life just by what you keep to yourself but what they invest in people. Bill Gate and his wife who do not reside in Africa were recently commended and thanked by the Nigerian president for single-handedly sponsoring the eradication of polio in Africa. Never forget this: Shares may fall, houses will depreciate but your investment in men will always appreciate. Without causing any measure of guilt; The question is, at the level, you are now; who has benefited from your life? Or who is benefiting from your life? There are rich people in some families that are better poor because their own families do not benefit from their riches.
COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF THOSE LIVING TO MAKE IMPACT.
- You must be vision and kingdom driven-Every great leader who imparted his or her generation had a vision for it. They were vision and purpose driven. Without vision, you can achieve nothing. The Bible puts it this way in Proverbs 29:18 that where there is no vision people perish. Jesus had a vision to save humanity from sin and its consequences. Nelson Mandela had a vision to liberate South Africa from colonial oppression and suppression. Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision to see An America that was free from all forms of racial segregation. The Wright brothers had a vision to make a machine which could fly like a bird.
- Exceptional character.
Matthew 7:16. Men and women who have made a difference possess an exceptional character. You cannot make a positive impact with a questionable character. It is said that qualifications, skill, gifting and hard work can help you to rise to places of prominence but it takes an exceptional character to remain there.
- They are Sacrifice oriented. It is interesting to note that people who have made a difference gave all for the sake of vision and what they believed in. Nelson Mandela sacrificed and gave all and refused to come out of prison until the South Africans were liberated from colonial oppression. If at all you want to make a difference, self-sacrifice is a must. Great leaders are produced at the altars of sacrifice.
- Faith. It takes faith and absolute trust in the word of God in order to positively affect your work. Hebrews 11:33. Men who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
- Courage and boldness. World changers do not bow down to fear and death threats. Courage and boldness distinguish them from the rest. Fearful and timid people achieve nothing. Proverbs 28:1. The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Boldness as a result of your trust in the living God and His abilities.
- A life dedicated to God’s service Exodus 23:22 & 25.
Especially sacrifices for kingdom advancement. Job 36:11, Matthew 6:33.What seeks you is determined by what you are seeking. Who seeks for you is determined by whose you are seeking.
- WE DON’T BEG TO BE BLESSED IN GOD’S KINGDOM, WE SERVE TO BE BLESSED. Exodus 23:25.
- WE DON’T BEG FOR HEALING IN GOD’S KINGDOM, WE SERVE OUR WAY TO BE HEALED. Exodus 23:25. Proverbs 13:29. 2 Corinthians 5:20
- WE DON’T BEG TO BE PROMOTED IN GOD’S KINGDOM, WE SERVE TO BE PROMOTED. Luke 19:17. Our promotion is based on our faithful stewardship.
- WE DON’T BEG TO BE HONORED, WE SERVE TO BE HONORED. John 12:26. Proverbs 14:28. 1 Samuel 2:30
- WE DON’T BEG TO BE FRUITFUL, WE SERVE TO BE FRUITFUL. Exodus 23:26. No more dry season in my life in the name of Jesus.