Among the numerous testimonies shared during my recent birthday celebration, there was one that stood out for me; “When the church was still about 10 people, you can be sure that pastor would always show up. Sometimes, I wonder how our pastor does it that he preaches to just a few people with passion and commitment.” I have learnt to always show up in my place of assignment.

Friend, if you keep showing up, you will soon experience success (Luke 2:49). Greatness is not for those who give up easily. The truth is, we all have had reasons to throw in the towel, but we have found a bigger reason to continue (Acts 26:19, 22). When your motivation for success outweighs the obstacles you encounter on the way, you will soon hit the mark (Hebrews 12:1-2).

I learnt earlier in life and ministry that those who would soon join my work are still going to show up in the future if only I can keep showing up (John 19:38-40). Some are watching to see if you truly believe in the vision. Some are waiting to see if you would not give up. Nobody wants to commit to something they are not sure will last (Luke 9:62). A true visionary will stay put come what may.

Always remember that when it comes to greatness and fulfilment, it is the road that makes the man (2 Corinthians 4:6-10). What you go through as a man of destiny is part of what will make you to be able to handle greatness when it comes. Nobody stumbles into success. What you stumble into by accident would likely make a casualty out of you (Luke 12:49-50). You need to develop the capacity needed to handle greatness.

Anybody can do ministry when things are rosy; the monies are coming in, the crowds are gathered, the vibes are all over the place, etc. But who would dare preach to a mighty congregation of one (John 4:4-7)? Who would keep showing up when the money is not there, when you have to struggle to pay bills? When people look at you, almost questioning if you are truly called (Nehemiah 4:1-4)?

Keep showing up! Sometimes, prayer looks dry, and speaking in tongues looks like gravel in your mouth. You need to keep showing up in the place of prayers (Acts 2:1-4, 6:4). Perhaps the clients are not there at the moment, yet you claim you are in business; you need to keep showing up (Romans 12:11). There is always due season for every man and every vision. But would you have fainted before your due season (Habakkuk 2:3, Galatians 6:9)? Keep showing up.

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria