Mobile phone top-ups and booster packages are great marketing gimmicks, for the simple reason that they capitalise on man’s insatiable need to talk. I would be willing to wager that the minute a phone tariff plan that offered 10, 000 voice minutes a month is announced, a queue would form of people willing to sign up for it.In like manner, I often wonder how much a day booster package would cost. By this I refer to an option which could allow one to buy an extra 5 hours say, per day. In other words while for most people their Tuesday would have 24 hours, some if they so wish (and of course could afford it) the same Tuesday would be 31 hours long! That way they would be able to get done all the things that always seem to be left over from the day.Sadly, the above remains in the realms of fantasy.
A plot device for a Hollywood movie, maybe, yet it mirrors the reality of our 21st century lives: far too much to do. And by having too much to do, I do not count the frivolous or wasteful activities which add no value to our existence. No, I refer to the vital things which could significantly impact our quality of life. We seem to work far longer hours, spend more time commuting and then have very little left over to be alive, or if you prefer, to savour the joys of living.There are so many demands for out time and attention – email pending, mobile telephones beeping, and of course television. We are swamped by a mass of information and knowledge, larger than any other time in history. We are committed to projects and meetings. Plans and programmes tug at our heart strings.
I occasionally find myself reaching for the remote control; yes to press the pause button on life.Yet the more I think about it, the more apparent it is to me that our agenda won’t reduce; our to-do list won’t shrink. The reality of the matter is that we live in the end-times, as such there will be more and more things to do, and sometimes it is a strategy of the prince of this world to distract us from our mission. Yet we must never shrink back from the goal of getting even more people saved and headed to heaven. This in itself is no mean task. But we must remember that we have an abundance of grace. God will not shorten the journey, but will pour in more than enough petrol into our tanks. The journey if you like is our ever lengthening “things to do list”, the petrol is his grace. What then is grace in the context of our everyday lives?Grace is the wisdom to approach tasks in such a way that we spend the least possible energy yet achieve maximally satisfactory results. Grace magnetizes the resources we need to achieve goals from places we never knew existed. Grace attracts helpers and help-meets who transform the hardest tasks into sheer pleasure. Grace opens doors which we always thought of and saw as walls. Grace breaks down barriers in communication that stood between work colleagues. Grace bridges gaps in understanding such that team workers seamlessly overlap in their abilities and gifts.
I believe more than ever before that God’s grace is abundantly available if only we will ask him. But not only do we ask him for it. But we need to apply it. Herein lies the power of the title of this piece: we have an allocation of grace, we must maximise it. Going back to the image of the full tank; if a teenager was lucky enough to be given the keys to the family car only to hear as he walks out the door that the tank was not only full but it was his to do with as he wills, I doubt that his concern would be how tired he would be after driving through a full car tank, I think he would immediately address his mind to how many friends he can pack into his joy ride. Ephesians 3:20 tells us that there is within us a full tank of power that can achieve exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think. Are we going to return that battery of power to God on the last day full or empty?The choice is yours.God Bless you
Pastor Adebanjo Oluwadare(Edmonton Branch )Email: firstname.lastname@example.org More inspiring articles by Pastor Adebanjo Oluwadare