By John Peace Isiko
“I am always working towards good things, but I just can’t see anything materialize in my life. Everything is hard, always seeming impossible. I am confused, disappointed and I feel lost.” Such are complaints of many Christians, who seem to be experiencing diffi culties in life. But what can a Christian do to remain relevant to self and society?
Listen to the Holy Spirit
It takes a devoted Christian to listen to the Holy Spirit. Many people depend entirely on their own thinking, rationale, chance or fate. However, the saddest question is, why do I suffer while I have the Holy Spirit? This kind of suffering may not be civil persecution against a Christian because people’s freedoms are respected for fear of facing the law. Often times, our suffer
ing is a result of disobedience to instructions and guidance by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fulfi lls God’s plan for us. Irrespective of the many times you lose focus, the Holy Spirit is a life partner you can trust. We need to trust that gentle, genuine voice deep inside us to give progressive, productive and meaningful life.
Read your Bible
To understand your life, the world you live in and the world after – Heaven – you must read and appreciate the Bible. The Bible teaches principles of success, productivity, happiness, peace, health and healthy relationships, among many other areas. It is unwise for a Christian to live a blind life when the Bible gives clear sight. The Bible gives us the best instructions for almost every experience we encounter; read and do what it says to live a meaningful life.
Listen to your leaders
Leadership comes from God – good or bad. I know this raises eyebrows, but understand good leaders come when we please God while bad leaders come as punishment for our disobedience. “Obey your leaders and follow their orders. They watch over your souls without resting, since they must give to God an account of their service. If you obey them, they will do their work gladly; if not, they will do it with sadness, and that would be of no help to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Leaders represent God’s authority. If respected and obeyed, prosperity is inevitable. The authoritative voice of your leaders only tests your obedience as a Christian. Of course some leaders tell us to do things against our faith, but we live wisely while following the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:9: “Happy are those who work for peace, God will call them His children.”
Start now and do something
Now is the best time to start doing something that
will make you somebody of importance. Procrastination is one of the major causes of unproductivity. It is the act of postponing, delaying or putting off, especially habitually or intentionally. And because it is a habit, most people who say “I wish…” or “I wish I had…” most of the time produce nothing or less than they should. Such people are unhappy about the current state of their physical, mental and spiritual lives.
When people see how excellent you are at handling small tasks, your big blessing and opportunity is just around the corner. The Bible teaches a lot about laziness, faithfulness, commitment and responsibility, all in relation to starting small. Small tasks should be easy to accomplish. Start with them and grow your level of responsibility.