…..there is pain in the offering!

So here I am, the past week I have been contemplating on writing this blog, but I guess I just gotta do it.

What exactly am I talking about here? Well let me take you through the biblical principles of life.

I remember writing a blog last year reviewing NF’s album and I shall take so of his lyrics and put them here as well. From his 3rd song All I have, ‘Wrote this with emotion and trying to get a break and doors ain’t open, and trying to get a shout when the gun ain’t loaded, and trying to make a living when nobody wanna notice., this is a common condition of my state of mind…………. Is this my calling, or not, Father, maybe I should not bother, go back to that non-defined, but I am notta.’  Ahh yah this is what every believer goes through at some point and time of their lives. I remember mine so vividly and thank God that his will is always best. Hard to understand at that time when you are trying to push but very much lessons learnt in the future as you look back. Anyone relate to this? ‘……………trying to make an impact in rap. Is that insane? Well I guess so………. I still work a job and do this; this hip hop is my veins and if you cut me I’ma bleed it. And you all know what’s stupid? I thought all you had to do is to get a record deal, and yoh, things start moving.

This guy went through what we call pain in the offering, he offered his spare time to write and rap as well, but it looked like it was for nothing back then because no-one wanted to notice him. Now that has changed, this guy is now making the tops of billboard musical charts. But he had to go through the pain.

Let’s go to the book of John 16, what did Jesus have to say about giving our lives for Him. The last verse, v.33 says “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” There is pain in the offering, when were offered our lives to Christ, who ever said that things would be easy? Jesus Christ actually warned us in the book of John chapter 16, but I love the part where he says but take heart! I have overcome the world. I also love that he told us these things, so that in Him alone we may have peace.

Many of us Christians think that when we get saved it will be all rosy and no worries, there is pain in the offering. Even for those that work, for you to go and enjoy a good holiday somewhere, you would have scarified a lot of your time to meet deadlines and earn a salary so as to go for that holiday.

You may be an artist thinking the same way NF thought way back. Is any of this music gonna play somewhere? Are lives been changed? How come I do not see any outcomes. Take a chill pill, if God called you to His work, he knows what he is doing. You do your part and the Holy Spirit will finish it up as verse 8 of John 16 says, “When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement:”

 

When discouraged and wondering why things aren’t working out, please stop and take comfort in Psalms 37. I love verse 7-9. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

All children and teenagers know that their is pain in the offering when they are at school or university. For them to pass and graduate you gotta have some pain.

Courtney Antipas in his Vigilante album has a song which has the following lyrics; anything worth fighting for don’t come easy……….

What I love the most is that someday when Jesus comes back, this pain will all disappear and we shall inherit the land as Psalms 37v9 says. Revelation 21:4 says, ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

When I get too too comfortable, I begin to feel uneasy because I know that I have  not yet reached the final line and I wouldn’t want to fulfill I Corinthians 10:12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

Stop and remember there is pain in the offering! Jesus Himself had to feel the pain when he offered his life for you and for me. Never ever forget that, He Himself also felt the pain in the offering!

 

 

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