In continuation of my previous piece “Is There a Cause to My Existence and Life?(I)”, I will glide as thus: Moses was a prophet unto Gods people and also a leader, by whom the Lord delivered His elect out of the land of Egypt, the land of slavery and bondage; he was a diplomatic leader and although he stammered, he was granted the ability of eloquent speech so he could stand before pharaoh and negotiate, thereby not needing Aaron who was supposed to do that.
Joshua was a leader who God brought to lead His elect into the promised land, a land He had promised their father Abraham that his descendants would occupy, a land flowing with milk and honey. Joshua however was not a diplomat like Moses his predecessor and mentor. Joshua was a man of war; he was a warrior and understood warfare more than he understood diplomatic talks and concessions. His inbuilt nature and default state was that of war, he was fashioned for such and was therefore skilled.
At the time when Israel was to start the conquest for what was their heritage, it was needful for Moses to step aside, although he didn’t need to step aside in death. It is the dream of every leader to still be alive and watch his successor improve on what he has built. Although it was time for Moses to step aside, he could have done that like David who step aside and watched his son Solomon rule before he was gathered up to his fathers.
When the Lord Jesus met Peter and his brother Andrew, he asked of them to stop what they were doing and do what they were designed to do, the purpose for which they existed and the cause for which they were alive; to fish for men:
“18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” Matt. 4: 18- 20.
I would focus on Peter.
Peter was a man who yielded to the cause which he was fashioned for, vibrant and radical he was and quite curious. He, James and John were the three that were always with the master, tutored by the master, they were at the mount of transfiguration where the Lord was seen in His glory; he had learnt and understood the demand of the kingdom upon his life, courtesy of which he was able to do what he did on the day of Pentecost; delivering that awesome speech, spirit energized utterance was granted and three thousand people were added to the church that day.
This same Peter was the one whose shadow healed the sick, by whom miracles, signs and wonders were wrought, raising the dead and many more.
Peter leaved for a cause, wrote so many deep truths and revelations, he understood his purpose, he read and lived from that which was written concerning him before the foundations of the earth and at one time, this was what he had to say:
“14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me” 2 Pet. 1: 14
Any man who lives for a cause is never cut off; this is because the power of destiny is far more superior to the greatest power of witchcraft and darkness.
You and I are the cause Jesus died on the cross, left for Him, He would have asked the father for an alternative, but to buttress how yielded He was for this cause, He stayed put to it. He no longer had His life; He had yielded it to a cause, this cause: to die and purchase salvation for you and I.
“27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” John 12: 27.
Apostle Paul was a man who lived all his life for the cause of the gospel, little wonder that thousands of years after he is gone, what he piped from heaven into the earth still reoccurs as though it were yesterday:
“9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name” Rom. 15: 9
He was an apostle sent to the gentiles and desired that the gentiles see the light and glorify God. He lived all his life for that simple cause; ministering to the gentiles.
Every act and speech of his were eventually birthed for a cause,
“17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church” 1 Cor. 4: 17
This was to ensure the proper growth of the brethren
“1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power” Eph. 3: 1-7
For the cause of the gospel he was made a prisoner, saddled with the mantle of spreading the gospel and mystery of Christ, to bring to bear the grace His work on the cross made available to us.
“9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” Col. 1: 9- 13
He intensified his prayer for the saints here so they could filled with wisdom (such a selfless cause to embark upon and stay put till Christ be formed in all virtue and prudence in the saints) spiritual understanding; to walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing and being fruitful and increasing in the knowledge of God. The cause of these is that they will be strengthened, patient and have joy and also consistently give thanks.
“16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” 1 Tim. 1: 16.
He had to be used as a specimen, an object of mercy that will stand as a reference point to his generation and throughout the history of humanity. For the cause of the gospel he obtained mercy.
“5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee” Tit. 1: 5
Sojourning in order to ensure order in the ekklesia, writing and communicating the piece to ensure smooth running of Gods body. The body of Christ has a definite shape and structure and therefore demands administrative prowess. Hierarchy and offices need to be put in place. Although where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty, God however is not a God of confusion, rather is a God of order.
“15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” Heb. 9: 15
His blood which was shed on the cross formed the basis for Him to be the mediator of the new covenant, our mediator. Acts birth offices not titles; offices are demands and responsibilities.
The list goes on and on, all through history, men who have imparted society, humanity and their generations are men who understand the cause and purpose they have been created, fashioned and en-graced for, and yielded for such a cause. The sky is large enough for two birds to never collide; the harvest field is large enough for two workers to never contend; if we can only glide on that tangent of our cause, then we all will soar, yes, we all will soar and leave indelible footprints on the sands of time, the voices of our acts will reecho all through generations as long as humans live; we will be immortals such that long after we are gone, our essences are still felt tangible.
Even our Lord Jesus had this to say: “……………To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” John 18: 37.
“7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me” Psalm 40: 7.
“7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God” Heb. 10: 7.
I would love to crown up with my favorite chapter of the bible:
“1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. 20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. 21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139.
For what cause do you do what you do, what is your drive and intent? What is the sole purpose of your being alive? Life is only lived within the confines of a cause; seek to find out the cause of your existence and begin to live. Selah!