Philemon 1:11: who once was unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable to thee and to me:
In Ephesians Chapter 2, various words were used to describe our state before meeting Christ: we were aliens, strangers, separated from God (vs. 12); but that chapter shows that in Christ we experience transformation. Before, we bring pain to the holy heart of God, but now we bring joy.
Talking about his mission, Jesus said that he has come to save that which is lost (Luke 19:1-10), lost in sin to be precise. And he said there is great joy in heaven over a sinner who repents (Luke 15:7-10). Before, we were lost, but now, we are found and have become part of the family of God. We are functional members of the body of Christ, adding spiritual supply to his body (Ephesians 4:15-16).
Paul described his own transformation experience, saying that he was a great persecutor of the church, but is now transformed to greatly advance the gospel by the grace that was given to him (Galatians 1:13-16, 1Corinthians 15:9-11).
Again Paul, helping the Corinthians to get a perspective of where they are coming from in view of where they are, told them that before, idols controlled them, but now, based on the transformation that is in Christ Jesus, they are now to be controlled by the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 12:1-11), controlled to bring profit to other people’s lives.
When Jesus was painting a picture of his death and the result of it, he used the image of the planting a seed and the fact that when thereafter it multiplies (John 12:23-25). What Jesus Christ is saying is that we are the profit that he gets from sowing himself as a seed in the sacrifice on the cross (Hebrews 2:9-10). We are the profit of his sacrifice. We are the return on his investment of himself.
We are the profit he made from laying down his life. We are now members of the household of God (Ephesians 2:19) we are bought by his blood (Acts 20:28), as many as believe in him, to them, he gave the right to be valued as God’s as children of God.
Even though we are valuable as children of God we are more valuable by the impact we can have in the lives of others. We are not called to be bench-warmers but through our heightened spirituality, we should be able add to spiritual value to other. Paul admonished that we should ensure that our words minister grace to those who hear (Ephesians 4:29). Peter added his own thoughts that we are supposed to minister grace whether in deeds or in words (1Peter 4:10-11) and be of benefit to others, be profitable for others.
We are called to add spiritual value wherever we are or we go to. On the importance of being profitable, Jesus Christ gave a parable of the talents where a certain servant was termed wicked because he refused to engage with what he has been given to cause it to multiply (Matthew 25:14-30). It goes to show that god loves profitable engagements.
God has designed us to be a life that would cause us to be a blessing to others. In his calling of Abraham, one of the key promises was that he would be a blessing; he would be a channel of blessing (Genesis 12:1-3). Therefore, it is in our spiritual DNA to be a blessing, being offspring of Abraham by faith (Galatians 3:7).
When he was departing the earth, after his resurrection, Jesus told his people that it is now time for service, for them to be witnesses to him. Though he was not going to be physically present in the world, they were supposed to keep his impact alive and continue to bring people into allegiance to him (Acts 1:8). They were not meant to close shop after his departure, but take the gospel to the international sphere. Their profitable impact was supposed to take the influence of the gospel around the world.
Remember these set of people comprises of fishermen and others who were nobody until they met Christ but they became profitable because they have been with Him (Acts 4:13). Likewise our own profitability is directly proportional to our closeness to Jesus (John 15:1-5).
In the manifestation of spiritual gifts the focus is meant to be how much it would profit others. It is written, the manifestation of the spirit is for the profit of all, the benefit of all (1Corinthians 12:7).
Whatever we do, should be for the building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12, 16); that is the profit- to cause the body to experience increase. It is the plan of God to lead us on the path of increasing profitability, efficiency and effectiveness in service. We are meant to look for ways of being a blessing to others.
We must he cured of me-ism and allow the water of life to flow through us to reach others. At a feast Jesus Christ cried aloud that those who are thirsty should come to him and that not only would their own thirst be satisfied by the water that they would be given would transformed them to become profitable to others as the water taken becomes a source of refreshing to others (John 7:37-39), all these in a spiritual sense.
Jesus has called you to be profitable to him. When calling Peter, he said, “follow me and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).” The identity we have in Christ is that of being able to add value, to become fishers of me. That our coming to Christ would lead to more additions to the kingdom, meaning we are valuable to the kingdom as a source of increases.
Jesus Christ also now sets out to train us to become profitable. We are not supposed to be liabilities but assets wherever we are.
We are called to manifest the will and way of God as the means of our being profitable.
When Moses was in the wilderness for forty years after he might have concluded within himself that his usefulness is only limited to herd Jethro’s sheep, but God would have none of that. Moses’ destiny was to become profitable on a larger scale than that, to lead the children of Israel out of bondage to the land flowing with milk and honey, and in that wise write his name in gold for all time.
You are called to greater things than this, you are meant to be a blessing in untold folds. However, Paul said we have this treasure in earthen vessel so that the praise of our profitability goes to God and not to us (2Corinthians 4:7).
It is the life of God in us, the grace of God we convey, that makes us profitable. We are meant to be good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1Peter 4:10). It is the grace of God that we use and the profit are the changes/fruits that are manifest in the lives of other, the changes in their life, the help they receive because we are faithful stewards God’s grace (1Corinthians 4:1-2), with which we impact lives.
WordFromGod: Get it clear in your mind, you are meant to be used by me
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