Rev. Dr. A. A. Obe (JP)
May 15, 2022
WHAT IS YOUR TRACK RECORD?
TEXT: 1Samuel 17:33-37; Acts 26:1-23.
VS: 33. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
34. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35. And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37. David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.
Acts 26:1-23 – 26.
VS: 1. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
2. I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
3. Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
4. My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
5. Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, unto our fathers:
7. Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
9. I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
11. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
12. Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
13. At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
14. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
15. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
16. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
17. Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
19. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
20. But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
21. For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
22. Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
23. That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
Track record talks about:
A. One’s performance, past performance, achievement, or failure.
B. A flash back of the events of a person’s past, whether good or bad.
C. One’s past history, whether there is success or failure
D. The story of your past that led to your present situation
E. You performance in your place of work, organization, Church, family environment etc. that people can see and evaluate you for good or bad.
Biblically, the flashback of an individual or a Christian brother or sister, his/her performance in the things of God which the Church can see to evaluate him/her whether he/she have served God well or not both spiritual, physical, material etc.
THINGS TO NOTE:
1. Your track record defines you most times
2. Your track record speaks even when you are not there again.
3. Your track record can stand as your memorial in the Church and as a remembrance of your tomorrow.
4. Your track record expresses the kind of person you are and the value you place on the environment (Church) where you worship.
5. You track record gives people an idea of your person and how they can be there for you most times when you will need then. (What you sow, you rip)
6. Your track record also gives God an idea of how He can work with you, bless you or use you.
7. You must develop a good relationship with God, His Church and His work (missions)
If you will do these, then there are a couple of things that we need to do.
WHAT TO DO:
Identify and see yourself with Christ– To know where we are going, we have to know who we are. Philippines 3:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Philippians 3:10 – 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
2 Corinthians 5:17 – 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Submit your whole self to God and trust Him. James 4:7-8; Proverb 3:5-6
James 4:7-8 – 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Proverb 3:5-6 – 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Pray and spend time with God through His Word. Romans 12:2; 2 Timothy 2:15
Romans 12:2 – 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 Timothy 2:15 – 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide, help and reveal Himself to you. Then listen and obey Him. John 10:14-15; 1 Thessalonians 5:19
John 10:14-15 – 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 – 19 Quench not the Spirit.
Protect yourself from the words and counsel of others. It can hinder you from being focused on God and your duty. 1 Samuel 17:8-11
1 Samuel 17:8-11 – 8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.
9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
Understand that from the day you were born you have an history and the day you gave your life to Christ, another history is being writing about you even while you are still alive, that history continues. The question is whether it is good or bad. Today, you can change the course of that history if it is not good. The history am talking about is your TRACK RECORD.
What is your Track record?
Rev. Dr A. A Obe(JP)