By Funmi Komolafe
Happy new month! I congratulate everyone that has witnessed the beginning of the month of December; by the grace of God we shall see the end of the month.
December is a special month to many people. Essentially, because it is the end of the year and the month that we mark the birth of Jesus Christ indeed the advent of Christianity.
We are all familiar with the story of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ whose birth symbolizes humility. Jesus came to the world because of us; he lived for us and died for us. What a great sacrifice!
However, the reality in our world is that December is a time for stock taking. Many are eager to return to villages to show off their gains made during the year. No one ever makes a show of losses but all human beings have lost something at one point or the other.
For a married woman whose eggs fails to fertilize every month, yet she desires to have children, what she experiences can be said to be a loss.
In the case of a farmer, who has planted all round the year and at the end of the year, he fails to meet his target; he too would count his failure to meet his target as a loss.
A patient who has been battling with one form of illness or another without any significant improvement is likely to count all that he or she has paid to doctors as a loss.
Even some Christians who have prayed for one issue or the other and the answer is yet to come, could conclude that the time used to pray and fast have been wasted thereby counting it a loss.
For someone out there, who has written all applications for job opportunities but never got a reply, such a person is likely to regard his efforts as wasted.
In many experiences of life, there are gains and losses.
Let’s consider the life journey of Apostle Paul as recorded in Acts of Apostles 27 vs. 20 -23 “ And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer; for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.
For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve’.
From this story, Paul assured worried ship travellers that no life would be lost though the ship could be lost.
Peter as a fisherman toiled all night and caught no fish. He suffered losses but when he encountered Jesus, he experienced an overflow. The same net that caught no fishes before began to break when it got an overflow of fishers.
In the name of Jesus Christ, whatever you lack today, God will give you an overflow even before the year-ends.
Brethren, we must be clear in our minds that sometimes, losses could be the foundation for a greater gain.
How you want to ask? A young graduate who has walked the streets for a job that he never got, suddenly finds favour and someone gives him an idea or even some money to start a business. Once this happens, he will forget the losses and begin to focus on the prospects of his new venture.
In the same way, Christians need not focus too much on losses though it is human to reflect on such once in a while but such thoughts should not dominate our lives. The amount of money spent on failed IVF is definitely a loss but when the Lord shows up for that person and she gives birth to a set of twins, her memory of losses will fade away. Joy will take over.
In the name of Jesus, whatever it is that we have labored to have and we are yet to receive, the favour of God will hand in over to us this season.
Jacob suffered losses when he served his father in law Laban –Genesis 31 vs. 39 but in the end, Jacob became much richer that Laban.
You may be serving someone now, giving in your best but your boss does not appreciate you, keep on putting in your best, God will surely reward you.
To shift our focus from losses, we need to increase the level of our faith.
Our Lord Jesus said while addressing his disciples on the case of a boy who was possessed by demons in Mark 9 vs. 23 “ If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”.
Jesus gave us another assurance in Mark 10 vs. 27 “ And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible”.
Perhaps your own concern at this time of the year is the challenge of stagnation. Brethren, be confident that you cannot be stagnant forever. When God moves in your life, stagnation will vanish and you will experience a new beginning.
Even if life’s condition keeps you stagnant now, with prayer and thanksgiving, shift your focus away from stagnation, focus on new things and you will see it happen.
I’ll share with you an edited version of a testimony documented by Winners’ Chapel. A jobless graduate got tired of writing applications and even lost faith. He shunned invitations to church services, giving all sorts of excuses. One day however, his friend succeeded in getting him to attend the service titled “ Covenant Day of Settlement”.
He paid attention to the sermon during which a word of knowledge was released that someone would get a job within the week.
He wrote, “ Immediately after the service, I got a call from an unknown number, inviting me for an interview the next day. I was amazed”.
Within of year of his regular church attendance, he said “ God has indeed settled me in all areas”.
We must always bear in mind that God is never late but as we serve and worship the Lord, it is important to strive to maintain a cordial relationship with human beings especially fellow Christians.
What if our brother mentioned here picked a quarrel with the one who had invited him? That could mean that he would miss his miracle or have it delayed.
Perhaps God wanted to know if he still had faith in him.
At a time like this, we need to support the word of God in whatever way that the Spirit leads us.
It is also important that while we pray, our inner eyes visualize the positive. I pray that the Holy Spirit of God will open our eyes to see the goodness of the Lord for us in Jesus name.
We should always allow the words of the Lord in Psalm 138 vs. 8 flows in our minds when we pray. It states, “ The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hand”.
Brothers and Sisters, we are the work of God’s hands, therefore, HE will not like to see us suffer losses.
Our gains are to the glory of God therefore, we should focus on gains and shift our focus from losses.
Have a blessed week in Jesus name.