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God’s Yes Economy

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June 5, 2023

One of the pivotal things Jesus teaches us in scripture is Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one (Matthew 5:37). We see Apostle Paul expound the thought in 2 Corinthians 1:20, where he said all the promises of God in Christ are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

One of the tenets we learn as we mature into Christ is this, that to say yes in agreement is to have your performance taken for granted. Jesus doesn’t separate His yes from His amen. The procession of His word is the performance of it.

I am sure we can all relate with certain onise-owo(artisans) who incite PTSD in their customers during certain seasons because they almost always take on more than they can handle. Sometimes, we can be like those artisans, becoming victims of impulsive and weak-willed yeses.

Paul was saying in 2 Corinthians 1:17–19 that in the kingdom we don’t say yes and no, we don’t say yes because we are free or because it merely excites us. While those are important considerations, they are not lasting considerations. He said that in the Kingdom, our yes is steady, consistent, and reliable.

What are the things we consider in saying yes? To say yes, you need discernment, and discipline. Discernment furnishes you with conviction and discipline furnishes you with the staying power. Let’s unpack conviction further;

First, count the cost. Jesus started to say in the gospels that the precursor to the acceptance of any assignment is a cost counting exercise. There is the cost of your commitment, the cost of your performance, and the opportunity cost. Just focusing on the opportunity cost; there are two opportunity costs, there is what you have to forego, and the fact that God has to stop looking to focus on you because you have said yes. When you say yes, God stops searching. Pause for a minute and let that sink in. Having a wavering yes culture is akin to holding God hostage. Should He wait for you to come back and continue, or should He re-assign to someone else?

Second, consider the breadth of your yes. This speaks to the discernment to recognize divine assignments in different contexts. In Genesis, we see Adam calling animals by name, and in Proverbs we see Solomon, through divine insight helping us to unlock the different capabilities resident within these animals. Although, in Genesis, we see that, no helpmate was found for Adam at the level of animals, Proverbs teaches us that animals are still a sufficient community that can teach us wisdom. I say that to say, don’t confine God’s grooming and furnishing to comfortable circles. Don’t heartily accept tasks in church but grumble at work when asked to go the extra mile, or vice versa. Some assignments come with financial compensation attached, and some come with a thankless compensation. Broaden the scope of your expectations, don’t relegate God to a particular costume.

Third, understand what’s available. Yes is a pregnant phenomenon that only unfolds as you go along. There is benefit in doing the work. The work itself is beneficial. There is the benefits of the network you come into and the things you now know by virtue of saying yes. Much more, there’s the additional grace allocation that’s assigned to every yes said in God. Taking on more work is your justification for additional drawdown of available grace. So grace is always available, but the extent to which you see grace at work in a man’s life is the extent to which that man has a lot of work to apply that grace to. Saying the right yeses at opportune times help you draw down on the requisite graces to carry out the assignment. The speed and size of your furnishing potential is directly proportional to the yes you say or don’t say. Better to be slow in saying yes than have a low yes performance potential.

The balance to this is that understanding the weight of your yes shows you the blessedness of saying no when it is necessary and right. There are 2 kinds of nos, there’s no and no(t) now. Knowing how to rightly discern when to say yes and no shows you have a full grasp of your capacities, timing, and constraints as availed to you by God!

So friends, in closing I have two questions for you to consider

How wide is your yes track? What can it accommodate?

How levelled is your yes track? How consistent are you? Can God rely on you through your Pastor, your leader or your boss?

This week, I pray that you have heightened discernment to recognize opportunities that are yours, and that massive trailers carrying truckloads of God’s manifold purposes drive steadily on your yes track!

Have a productive week ahead

Olayinka Adebayo

@layinkadebayo

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