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Be Before Becoming
by Olawale Ogunsola
3/11/2021 / Leadership
In today's world, being in a hurry is the order of the day. People will easily tell you, "We are in a computer age!" You must be fast in everything. "It is true that we are in the age of computer and things are moving fast and many things can be done fastly. However, there are still many things that fulfil their gestation period no matter what happens. "Who are you?" are words that had ignited so many rifts that took a very long time to settle. Do you know what? They are good words that form a question deserving a right answer. Before anyone ask you "who are you?" have you taken the time to ask yourself "Who am I?" Please, you need to settle this question before you can answer the question, "Who are you?" If you have not done so, "Who are you?" is a question that will throw you off balance at anytime if you have not prepared for it earlier. You will not be able to answer it right.
Am I sure of what am writing? The answer is "Yes!"
Now let us go into the Holy Scriptures to examine a strong man's life and see how this manifested in his life and his God-given assignment :
It is laughable that he wanted to become before he would be.
He realised his God-given assignment of setting people of God free from their bondage. However, he had not attained all that he must be in him before he started carrying out his assignment.
He, the man, Moses, went out one day and saw an Egyptian fighting an Hebrew man. He slew the Egyptian and buried him. The seed of leadership was in him and he recognised this very well. But was he ripe for the work? This was a question he never settled with his God and himself.
On the day he was cut to size, his encounter revealed his weight on the scale of God's people that he would set free. What happened?
He went out one day saw two Hebrews slugging it out and he counselled them not to fight each other as brethren. The reply he got shocked him. The man who did wrong to his brother asked,
"Who made you a Prince and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Exodus 2:14.
Moses had no answer to that simple question. He was not fit nor proper to be a prince and a judge over God's people but he wanted to become one. He failed very well. He was cut to size. He knew his boundary. He was in Pharaoh's palace as one of the princes but it was not this that was the plan of God. He has been groomed in the palace, this was phase one of his training. He was well versed in the Egyptian education and culture. He did this for a whole four decades (forty years). He departed to midian.
Phase two of his training started in Midian when he became a shepherd of Jetro's sheep. Jetro was a priest of the most high God in the land of Midian. Wilderness experience or training began. He was in this vital college for another forty years. This translates that the palace training (leadership) acquired in Egypt will be useful when he would be leading God's people in the wilderness. He completed his "course" in wilderness journey after forty years. By this time, he had acquired the needed training and experience to become a Prince and a Judge over Hebrews.
At age forty, when he came out as one, he appointed himself. When he was matured, it was God who appointed him to start his leadership role over His people, the Jews. He was even resistant and hesitant. The wound created in his heart by "Who made you a prince and a judge over us?" forty years ago was still fresh in his hear. He was convinced that Hebrews would not believe him. To disabuse his mind on this, all his excuses were rubbished by God and He gave him signs and wonders to perform before God's people to believe him. Yet, he said, he was not ready. However, God prevailed. You can access the details in Exodus two and three and four.
When he first attempted to fight for the Hebrews, he did so on his own. When it was the ripe time to become a Prince and Judge, God assured him,
"I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you : When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain." Exodus 3:12.
Moses was able to cary out his leadership assignments successfully because he became patient with God until He instructed him to assume office as the Prince and Judge of His people, Israel. Read Exodus 18.
No one doubted him when he assumed office at the right time appointed by God. Therefore Be Before you Become, so that you will "become" safely.
Stay blessed and prepared for the imminent coming of the Lord.
Note: Scriptures quoted are from New King James Version of the Holy Bible.
The Author is the set man of CTFM(WORLD OUTREACH)and Presiding Pastor of Christ Restland Gospel Church.He is a Poet and author of many books. Visit his blogsites www.4thlink.wordpress.com and www.peacelink.wordpress.com for more quality contents.
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