Fleet or fit
by Bolaji Olusola Timothy
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Amidst the unavoidable turbulence and conspired foes from one of the king David’s sons was the necessity to wage war to retain the kingdom. When all the strategies were well schemed and during the implementation, king and his loyal expected news of victory. After much exploration, the arch enemy was caught and killed by one of his objects of pride. What a great relieve, there was a confused silence, a tiding of joy mingled with tidings of sorrow. The king needs to listen to both at once. A messenger must be sent and who is capable of delivering such tidings. May I know what your choices may be to convey the king’s tidings over that long distance?
Probably your choice shall be a fast at feet with charisma, gifted, talented vocal and zealous individual, if that is probably your choice that was Ahimaaz in 2 Samuel, 18: 23. he wanted to run and give the king’s tiding but he lacked the substance needed in the message. However, there was a man called Cushi who could not run as fast as Ahimaaz but can run with substance in that message; so who is your choice Ahimaaz or cushi.
There is the king’s tiding and all it requires is not your speed in the race, it is the substance for the king to reign. Joab told cushi “go tell the king what thou hast seen” but Ahimaaz prevailed over joab and was allowed to go as well. He only perceived or was told but had the zeal and joy and fast footed. While he got closed to the camp and was sighted, something surprising happened: he ran like some one with message, he got the king’s attention and every one with him but he had no message you can imagine what he said “ I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it what” and the kings said unto him, Turn aside and stand here but when Cushi came, he had the king’s tiding and gave it “ fleet or fit . Fleet will get a man attention, fitness willget him the audience, and favour. Fitness will give him or her relevance before the kings.
Quite many people with so called “zeal” are in the jet, running with the vision they do not have enough information about; they may go ahead of others because they are fleet of foot, they may have the charisma, facilities and machinery to generate recognition, they may have the speed and space to present and print themselves bold temporarily, but have not secured the kings tidings. Such men may have the opportunity to get a place to present Sunday school in their churches and some may appear in the pulpit. They are just fired by the zeal of the vision, mission, gift and abilities but lack the content, message purpose and training for these. They may be a nice man like Ahimaaz but are not yet trained and for the specific king’s tiding.
It does not matter how long the man who have seen, heard, trained and made will still be waited for by the king (G0d) for the king’s tiding in the kingdom. These are men who are certified and trusted and sent to give the correct, complete comfortable and complimentary message of God “ king ‘s tiding
Cushi was not sent any extra message, I wander why he was only instructed to go and tell the king what he saw. Then I began to see the place and value of revelation, testimony and practical experience under the tutorship of the master; these give values to messages. We do not need attachment of philosophies, theories and schemes. The king’s tidings could be plain but must be what you have personally witnessed, proved, understand practiced and testimonies you have obtained and kept. Gifts, talent haste and zeal will not add value because they do not give you more revelation that get you composed before the king and deliver coherent messages that can convince, comfort and commit men and women to their God.
Many have been asked in life to turn aside and gaze while those who have the king’s tidings operate. It may be short moment, but they make impact. Do not just commit your self to running with a vision and mission you do not have revelation and testimony or you do not have necessary experience. A good man or woman with good intension, education, abilities and charisma is not useful to the king at this moment if he cannot handle the information the king needs. There is a tiding God want to hear his servant proclaim, and this can only be if there is personal encounter, revelation, consistent relationship, personal testimony and lessons!
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