By Bishop David Oyedepo
Last week, I considered the three unshakable platforms that make one a starâ€”redemption, the Abrahamic covenant and the prophetic order of the end-time church.
This week, I will show you some necessary ingredients that you must be aware of, if you must emerge as a starâ€”seeing life as a race and the importance of a coach.
There is a place for every one of us on top, but are you interested? The Word of God says: “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”
(I Corinthians 9:24). Life is an adventure in sportsmanship, thatâ€™s how the Bible paints it. So, life is a race, not a joke. Also, Godâ€™s Word further says: “…Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1).
Life is a race and an adventure in sportsmanship. No star ever emerges in the field of sports without a coach. A coach is the catalyst of the star in you. There are many sportsmen without coaches.
Thatâ€™s why there are few stars. There is no natural talent or potential that will be a substitute to having a coach. Without a coach, the star in you will never be made manifest. As long as you must remain a star, you will require a coach. Every sports star has a coach. If you donâ€™t want to become a reproach in the race of life, you need a coach.
Let us at this point consider another factor, which is vital in the quest for stardom. It is the issue of attitude. There is a fundamental attitude required in every star. It is the learnerâ€™s attitude. You must believe so much in your coach that his instructions are ever valuable to you. That learnerâ€™s attitude is a product of MEEKNESS.
Many of us have theoretical coaches. They are only coaches by words of mouth to you. They are not coaches, indeed, when it comes to valuable instructions. It is clear from scripture which says:
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5). Their enlargement is unlimited. In fact, the Bible defines the virtue of meekness as an ornament of great price. (I Peter 3:4). Meekness is a blessing, but pride is a curse. This is because God resists the proud, but He gives more grace to the humble. (I Peter 5:5).
You are a born king; you donâ€™t have to die like a peasant. But you have to locate what makes you a star, to enable you to shine. Know that meekness is an ornament of a great price. Itâ€™s a priceless treasure. It is your attitude that defines your altitude. It is meekness that defines greatness.
For instance, letâ€™s see one of the great men that ever lived, by name Moses. The Bible says He was the meekest of all men that were on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:1). He was the meekest; you can see how this is proved. Even after seeing God face to face as it were, Jethro, his father-in-law still had access to counsel him (Exodus 18:17-24). Jethro, the priest of Media, was his coach, and Moses hearkened unto him.
It is the quality of your meekness that defines the limit of your greatness in life. Blessed are the meek! There are quite many people in the world, whose heads are bigger than their necks. That is why things are not stable with them. Moses had Jethro as his coach, in spite of his strange work with
God. He was called the meekest of all men. Meekness was the foundation of his greatness.
Nobody believes in a coach without the virtue of meekness inside him. He may get one to rise; after rising, he will put off the ladder and he will come crashing down. Remember that you donâ€™t only need a ladder to climb up; you need a ladder to stay up there.
It takes the virtue of meekness to maintain a coach in your life, for the best in you, not only to be realized, but to be sustained. Without a coach, your star is not in view. Only the meek ends up taking the lead. It is only committed learners who become great leaders. The meeker you are, the greater your destiny becomes.
If you truly keep learning, you will remain ever rising. It is not strength that makes a star; it is wisdom that does. (Daniel 12:3). Just like in the natural field of sports, you will never find a star without a coach, so also in the field of life; you will never come across a star without a coach.
There would never be a professor who never had a supervisor. You will never have a public scheduled paper, without relevant acceptable references.
Nobody will respect your view, except you are drawing from the views of giants before you. Life without a coach is a bunch of reproach.
It is the attitude of meekness that makes you to accept the ministry and the tutelage of a coach.
Friend, the grace to remain meek is the privilege of those who are saved. You become saved if you confess your sins and accept Jesus as the Lord of your life and your family. This is what being born again is all about. The questions now are: Are you saved (born again)? You can be saved now, as you say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!” I will continue this
I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, the covenant home of winners. Our midweek services hold on Wednesdays betwe teaching next week betweenÂ 6.00 and 8.00 p.m.