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Ope Rowland believes in the ministry of every saint. Hence, he talks and writes about believers finding, grooming and operating in their ministries.

He is the author of the thriving blogs and the books- The Young Christian , Manifestation and The Intimate Life  

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At Least Do The Least

Ope Rowland THRIVE_At Least Do The Least Christ had the measure in full but distributed it in parts to all believers.
For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body
Colossians 2:9 (NLT)

However, he has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ.
Ephesians 4:7 (NLT)
Therefore, you have your part of his measure. Your responsibility is to use the measure available to you. When every believer does that, there is fullness; Jesus is actually doing his own part. Therefore, he decided to flow through you through a particular measure. He gives you a measure out of his full measure. He took out of his fullness and distributed it among us.
When you are not effective with yours, you make the whole body of Christ not to be effective. Therefore, every believer is important. No believer is irrelevant. No wonder in the parable of the lost sheep, the Shepherd left the flock to look for the missing one. That one completes the rest. There is interdependence in their measure.

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12 (NLT)

Jesus picked out of his measure to give us and that forms our purpose on earth.

"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a trip. He called together his servants and gave them money to invest for him while he was gone. He gave five bags of gold to one, two bags of gold to another, and one bag of gold to the last--dividing it in proportion to their abilities--and then left on his trip.
Matthew 25:14-15 (NLT)

But we will not boast of authority we do not have. Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God's plan for us, and this plan includes our working there with you.
2 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)

God is the one that gives our respective purpose to us, we do not choose it. You do not choose the measure of Christ that flows down to you. Your particular purpose in the purpose of Christ is your measure.
God assigns it according to his intentions and your ability, which he placed in you while creating you. He knew what he imputed in you. He will not give you an assignment that your ability cannot accomplish. The abilities he created you with were done to the specifications of your purpose. God makes the decisions on purpose.
Believers must be sure the source of the vision they are running with in life is God. The motivation behind it must be ascertained. The danger facing this generation is the deception of materials. Visions are being guided by material gains. It is important you hear God correctly as regards that direction and journey you are embarking on. You have to travel on the journey of purpose by your conviction.

The Buried Measure
I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth and here it is.
Matthew 25:25 (NLT)

Measure can be buried and lost eventually. You have to think about standing before God someday, when your purpose as intended will be used as a marking scheme to check all you have done. At this your particular age, what will be your score when compared with God’s timetable for your life? Many do not even know what their marking scheme look like, so anything being written seems to be right. We must identify our measure in him and embrace the part of his assignment that is ours.
Fear buries measure if allowed. Envy also does same.
You see your neighbor’s assignment and wish for that at the neglect of yours. You might see yours as inferior and then proceed to bury it. You attempt to be like the other person. There is no need for envy. Everybody’s measure is unique. There is no superior assignment neither is there an inferior one.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches...”

John 15:5a (NLT)

Jesus called us all branches. He did not mention super branches or mini branches. We are all branches. Yes, some branches are big while others are small, yet they are all branches. They exist irrespective of sizes for purposes commensurate to their sizes. Let the big branch not attempt to be small and let the small branch not attempt to be big lest they defeat their purposes.
Do not envy other peoples assignment in life. Do not envy other peoples measure in Christ. Take yours as yours. Our measures vary but let us stay with that assigned to us.
Laziness can also help you to bury your measure. The servant said he was afraid but from the perspective of the master, he was lazy.

"But the master replied, `You wicked and lazy servant! You think I'm a hard man, do you, harvesting crops I didn't plant and gathering crops I didn't cultivate? Well, you should at least have put my money into the bank so I could have some interest.
Matthew 25:26, 27 (NLT)

The least you are expected to do with your measure is to give that which you have to a banker to leverage on it. A banker leverages on your resource and multiply it for you. Attach yourself to another with a similar purpose to bring profit out of it. Discipleship, mentorship and apprenticeship! That is doing the least, which is better than nothing. Being under tutelage will give expression to your measure.
However, aim to maximize it by becoming like Christ who owns the measure.

 

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