THE MARCH CHALLENGE

 

Psalm 105:1 (NLT) – Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done.

Yesterday (February 28, 2015), a friend invited me to a meeting. It took place in a five star hotel and everyone was treated like an elite. I had only been told about the meeting two days before. As I got calls frequently from the organizers of the meeting, my expectations started to build. Impression formed: these were my type of people – timely, friendly, meticulous and ……elitist in approach. I began to look forward to the meeting. I wondered what this was all about; what this treatment which I was not so used to was about.

Finally, time came and I was informed via phone that the car was waiting outside my house. I was not in a hurry to lock my door and run out, because the car waited. There was not a single honk of the horn. It wasn’t until afterwards I figured why there was no honk; the car came fourty minutes early because I was an elite!

Summarily, I had my details taken at the hotel entrance, I was ushered into a comfortable room full of people and given a table with a personal attendant. It was a business meeting! A business meeting like I’ve never seen before. The details I provided was used to introduce me to avoid mistakes and by the time someone came to testify about how I had contributed to his life through my music, I had already settled in my heart to enjoy every moment. I was really at the center of it all and it felt good. After all these, the proposition for me to step up my game was made. Yep, you got it, I resolved to reach the zenith of my call. There was no stopping me now!

Now, if I as a conduit of God’s faithfulness was tripped by the expression of appreciation enough to aim high, how do you think the King of kings would feel? Don’t get me wrong. This is not for you to motivate God, it is for you to excel.

This month I am making you a business proposition; only two things. First, give thanks to the Lord. To give in this context means to convey, communicate, carry or transmit. It is a conscious, willful effort. Thanks is an expression of gratitude. The main proposition is that you carry or communicate your expression of gratitude to God at all times and in all situations. This may not be easy in the face of adversity, but it’s feasible. Second proposition is that you let everyone know what God had done for you through a proclamation. There are different ways to make something or someone known. This one is an announcement; a conscious, willful declaration. Again, the main thing is that you announce God’s works at all times and in all situations. The benefits are immense.

How will giving God thanks and declaring His works benefit you? Psalm 29 (NLT) says it all:

Honour the Lord, you heavenly beings; honour the Lord for His glory and strength. Honour the Lord for the glory of His name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.

The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon; he makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; He makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. The voice of the lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In His temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” the Lord rules over the flood waters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength, the Lord blesses them with peace.

Ready for the March challenge?