COME LET US WORK TOGETHER
NEMA spearheads National Emergency Management Agency for spiritual souls; a rescue mission to salvage the souls of men that seem unredeemable.
Just few weeks ago, I was dinning with a friend in a crowded restaurant in Abuja the capital of Nigeria and suddenly he called my attention to a fleet of Toyota four wheels Trucks racing toward the Eastern part of the city. Guess his surprise? He wonders why I have not told him that NEMA has purchased such high ranking vehicles for the Nigerian vision 5015. He had seen the word 'NEMA' written on the vehicles and thought it is the Nigerian Missions that acquired them. I had to tell him that the NEMA he saw was National Emergency Management Agency and those vehicles are for purely physical and not spiritual emergencies. I then jokingly told him that the spiritual emergencies lie in the hands of the Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association and that a fleet of mission agencies matters here than a fleet of jeeps on the streets of Abuja. A fleet of die-hard missionaries on their way to North Africa, unreached people and other mission frontiers are the main tools needed for the salvaging of souls; I told him that NEMA's mission purpose can only be achieved as men offer at any time in their lives to sign out their lives for the missions enterprise.
The path that has brought NEMA so far is very unique. It is our National Emergency Management Agency for spiritual souls; a rescue mission to salvage the souls of men that seem unredeemable. Barely a year ago we had show-cased our 25 years of this rescue mission. As I write these lines, I have one thought in my mind. That of our twenty five years in NEMA, not all of us have spent all those years here. While some of us pioneered the existence of this national body, others came twenty years ago while some ten years and yet others much more lately. To these groups and the one just about to register, my message to you is that of encouragement.
In Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus had told a parable of a vineyard man who had gone early enough to hire men for his work. He did not get enough labourers at once so he had to get them at different times. At the end of the day, he made his payment. The payment was irrationally done in such a way that those who were hours away in the work before others showed up were astringent.
They were slow to appreciate mercy, generosity or grace done to others: all of which seem to them like injustice. This was what the land owner did. He paid them the same as in the first hour making the last group collecting a pay of N60 naira per hour whereas the first got N5 per hour.
See the table of workers' wages below.
As we all labour in the Master's vineyard, be satisfied that your Master is not counting how late you have come. He is counting how sincere you are working no matter the time of your arrival. Now it is time for God's people to note what He considers most in our duty.
It is time we get to work
It is time we discharge our own part
It is time we share His aspiration
It is time we consider the weaknesses of others
It is time we work together to get His work done
It is time God's people stop idiosyncratic work.
Let us work together to share what matter most to Him in our generation. The Lord has no late comers or first comers in His agenda. He is looking for those who are ready to work no matter how belated they have come.
You and I must note this as we have just commenced yet another paradigm in our national endeavour. The mapping of NEMA's Vision 5015 is pointing us all to duty. Those who have been around since 25 years ago and those who are about to report should both have the burden together to carry on the Master's work. NEMA has spoken enough. Now is the time to carry the implement and begin the cultivation. We are about to move from a jamboree to a service. This service must begin with our local agencies to the national Movement.
It is not calling on who first started or who is who in this body. God has none of those in His agenda which determine commitment. As I calculate the songs that we have sung over these two years, the title is only one. We have made it a chorus and a common citation. This song is Vision5015. Now in order for the song to be a reality, all of us must act and work toward it. We must summon courage and do our part. We must begin to now invent courage and ask ourselves the next questions. Who will go for us and who shall we send to fulfil the Vision5015 in our own Ministry agenda. NEMA's involvement stops in singing as she does not have her own missionaries. Her missionaries are yours and yours are hers. While your Ministry fulfils this call to send missionaries to these nations, it will not be out of place for NEMA to say, “We have sent missionaries”. The job description is clear. While NEMA sings and anchors the call, you and your Ministry provide and send the man-power. It is then that this Mission will be accomplished within the stipulated period.
We pray that we all must have a stake and commitment to the task. Remember, it does not matter how early or how late you have come. The fact remains that the vineyard is still largely untouched and more men are needed. The one that has reported 25 years ago has no advantage as you still have so much work left to be done. Rise up and pick up the sickle and let us share the joy of working in our own time together. This is the new hypothesis we are calling all to be a part of.
Nigeria Missions magazine
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