Sermons from CITAM Woodley Church · Stories · Writing by James Ouma

Courageous Priorities by Emmanuel Lomole, April 19, 2015

Scriptures: Matthew 22:35-40, Hebrews 11:18, Matthew 5:43-47, Numbers 14:3, 9-10, 13, 1 Corinthians 13:3

When you hear about courage, people like David, Joshua, Samson and Daniel immediately comes to mind. Even though there are mighty men who walked courageously, only Jesus did something that no one else had done before by yielding to the will of God. Priority is picking the most important thing to be done from a long list of options.

Courageous priority calls us to YIELD our ability to making our own decisions and SURRENDER to God and His Will. One of the Pharisees, an expert in the law, tested Jesus with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

“The first one is; Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” Jesus replied, “and love your neighbour as you love youself.”

Courageous Priorities calls us to:

  1. Trust and Obey, and to
  2. Love unconditionally
  1. Courageous Priorities call us to trust and obey God.
  • Obedience is better than sacrifice. Abraham had a son he had been waiting for and through whom God had promised to raise a generation and an inheritance. When God asked him to offer his only son as a sacrifice, Abraham obeyed and thus became the father of faith.
  • Obedience without trust is null and void. When God asks us to do something impossible we must believe that He is a God Who does the impossible. When we are afraid to trust in God, we suffer. It is therefore very important that we trust and obey God in all circumstances because it is for our own good.

It takes courage to obey and trust God as illustrated by the kind of faith and conviction that people like Esther, Joseph, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego had.

  • Obedience and trust go hand in hand. Your trust means expressing your confidence in the truth of God’s word and placing your total reliance on God. Abraham was fully persuaded in God’s power and ability to deliver His promise. We must therefore learn to trust God knowing that nothing is impossible with God. ( this point reminds me of the song “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus. Just to take Him at His word. Just to stand upon His promise. Just to know thus says the Lord)
  1. Courageous priorities calls us to unconditional love.

Love your enemies in truth and in deed. God DEMONSTRATED His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Love is patient, kind, humble and not easily angered.

Sometimes it is not easy to express unconditional love. Sometimes it is a hit, sometimes it is a miss. But as we SURRENDER to God in those trying times; and in that very moment, when we are dealing with a “difficult” person, we must remember that God’s grace is sufficient for us to be patient, kind, humble, not easily angered and to forgive those who wrong us.

It is by our love that people will know we are Christ’s disciples. Let us, therefore, trust and obey God in all circumstances. May we also love others unconditionally and make these as our courageous priorities

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