By Bishop David Oyedepo
Last week, I brought you a teaching on identity as a pillar of wisdom. An understanding of the subject of identity will make any man outstanding on earth. This week, I will show you another pillar of wisdomâ€”tenacity. Tenacity is defined as holding fast and sticking stiffly. I define it as an uncompromised commitment. Nobody succeeds in life without adding tenacity to his discovery and identity.
Until you are unwaveringly committed to your discovery, you do not have a guarantee of accomplishment. You must come to a point where you are so committed to a cause in life that it becomes all you are living for. For instance, looking at what Jesus said of Himself: “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish
His work.” (John 4:34). Jesus was so committed to His mission that it became like food to Him. As He did, He became an eternal starâ€”someone who outlived His time. The world will only pay attention to you, when you pay attention to your work. Until you sow the seed of commitment, you cannot reap the harvest of accomplishment.
The Bible gives us the example of Apostle Paul as a man of unwavering commit-ment. He said concerning himself: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (I Corinthians 9:16). He bound himself with an oath to stay faithful to his calling.
Even when he was put in prison, he held fast to his calling without a sense of shame (Roman 1:6).
Paul is like the proverbial grain of wheat that falls to the ground and dies, but soon begins to yield much fruit. (John 12:24-26). He was seriously committed to his calling, so he became fruitful in life.
Commitment is the highway to honour; there is no substitute for it! I remember making a vow when God called me into ministry, that no man serving in the vineyard part-time would outrun me in the race. I reasoned that I have 24 hours on the job, whereas a part-time minister has only 12. So, I should be able to produce results more than he.
It may sound like pride to you, but I was setting a pace for quality input into my job.
At the beginning of our ministry, I remember that by seven oâ€™clock in the morning, I would be in my only suit and be on my way to work. My co-tenants always thought I was a lawyer, because I would not return until late at night. Commitment! No amount of prayer is a substitute for commitment. Fasting wonâ€™t take its place either. You only make your calling and election sure by your unshakeable commitment.
One reason many people are not blessed as they should be is because they are lazy. What God blesses is the work of your hands. When you are a hard worker, you provide a channel for Him to release your blessings to you.
Godâ€™s Word says: “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:3).
You need an appreciation of the place of commitment in realizing your God-given goals. Commitment to God is only foundational; what makes a man is his commitment to his gift or calling. For instance, God spoke to me to start a Bible School, which would raise the foundation of many other ministries. God had spoken, true!
But I still needed to visit other Bible institutes to find out how they were being run. My investigations revealed that many could not really pinpoint what their mission was. So, I sat down to define the mission of the school and to draw up a corresponding curriculum. The result is that eight of the courses are not taught anywhere in the world! Commitment will bring you to greater heights; it will distinguish you.
The Bible makes us to understand that Joseph was committed to his work in the prison and he became a prime minister (Genesis 41:39-44). Commitment is wisdom and wisdom enthrones (Proverbs 8:15). One man, who was so committed to a cause that today he is still being celebrated, is Martin Luther King Jnr.
He was so committed that he almost single-handedly fought racism in America and won. He is the one who said, â€œIf you canâ€™t fly, run. If you canâ€™t run, walk. If you canâ€™t walk, crawl. If you canâ€™t crawl, by all means, keep moving.â€
No committed man is ever stagnated. You always make progress with commitment. Tenacity leads to steady progress and unlimited success.
Friend, to benefit from steady and unbroken progress and success, you need the power for tenacity, which is the preserve of those connected to God. You get connected when you confess your sins, forsake them and then accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. That is what being born again is all about.
You can be connected right now if you havenâ€™t been, as you say this prayer: “Lord, forgive me. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. From today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You for saving me. Now I know I am born again!”
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 between 6.00 and 8.00 p.m. We have two services on Sundays between 7.00 and 9.30 a.m., and between 10.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.