Saturday, May 13, 2017
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER YOUR SCENE?
Dearly Beloved, WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER YOUR SCENE? “So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.... So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai” (Esther 7:6b, 10a NKJV). “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him” (Isaiah 3:10-11 NKJV). Recently, I was with a group of people that were discussing jokingly about somebody who has just left a position of authority. To this people, the person has become a subject of ridicule because he did not behave well to others when he was in authority. In fact, he can no longer relate well with others because his actions and inactions while in office are hunting him negatively now. Nobody even wants to be associated with him. I do not know this person, but, the comments of the people about him after he has left that office of authority made me think deeply about myself: if I leave the scene that I am presently, what will people say about me? Will I be able to move freely with the people over whom I once had authority? Will these people be ready to be associated with me after all those juicy things that come with the office are no longer there? What will I be remembered for after I have left the scene? Every position of authority is tenured. It will come to an end one day either by time frame or ultimately by death. No position of authority is permanent. Even the position of permanent secretary is not permanent! Each of these positions is a scene. How are you acting yours? What will become of you after the scene when you are no longer in that position of authority? Examples abound in the Bible and in history of what became of some people after they left their positions of authority. Haman in the Book of Esther is a classical example. As second in command, he became worthless and died the very day he fell out of favour with King Ahasuerus. He was hung on the gallows he initially erected to hang Mordecai. His descendants were destroyed thereafter. His after-scene was so bad because of his wickedness when he was in position of authority. Apart from the “rewards” that people will give those that have left their scenes of authority, God will also bring their actions and inactions into judgment. The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (12:14 NKJV. See also Psalm 58:11; 128:2; Proverbs 12:14; 13:21; Ecclesiastes 8:12; Jeremiah 17:10; Romans 14:10; Galatians 6:7-9; Ephesians 6:8; Hebrews 6:10; 13:16; Revelation 22:12). What will happen after your scene of authority? In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will act your scene of authority well in a way that you will receive positive “rewards” from other people and God after you leave the scene.