At a time in my Christian leadership journey, I was offered a national leadership position that appeared very “juicy” and with increased visibility. But while pondering on the offer, I saw the Lord telling me not to pick it up, that He had something else for me. It was surprising to a lot of people but I knew that, though it was good, it was not God for me.

Friend, in your walk with the Lord, you must learn to differentiate between what is good and what is God. Some stuff that appear good may not be God, while some that may not be juicy or attractive may be divine. If you look at the journey of Jesus to the cross, you might not think it was God until you discover what had been written concerning him (Matthew 16:21-25, Luke 18:31-33).

Now, this does not mean that God cannot be in what is good or attractive, it is to let you know that you must follow God, not the good. Like Jesus, you must not judge by what you are hearing or seeing but by what you know God would have you do (Isaiah 11:3). We don’t follow opportunities, we follow the Holy Spirit, and in Him we access the right opportunities (Proverbs 14:12, Romans 8:14).

Your Christian maturity is seen in knowing how to decipher what is good and what is right. At that stage, sin is no longer defined for you by what is right or wrong but based on what is chosen or allowed for you by God; it may look okay to others but evil for you (Hebrews 5:14).

For Jesus, it was written that, “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good” (Isaiah 7:15). Do you know to refuse the evil (not necessarily sinful) and chose the good? This would be a function of your maturity which is consequent on what you feed on (Isaiah 7:15, Hebrews 5:14).

Like Moses, you would come to a point in life when you have to choose God’s plan for your life even in the midst of good attractions; “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” (Hebrews 11:23). It is at this juncture that the fullness of God’s purpose for your life would start to manifest. Amen!

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