Fruitful Youthful Management by Bishop DR S.I Okelezoh
When God give grace, gift, life, anointing, health etc. it must be properly managed. Proper management leads to growth and expansion, whereas, lack of proper management leads to destruction.
We saw yesterday how Joseph grew from bring a seed to being a fruitful bough, but today, we are seeing that it is not enough to be a fruitful bough.
From our main text, we see that Joseph was a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well. Now take note of the word even. Even implies that there is something more. The scripture also said that he was a fruitful bough by a well. Many people lack wells in their vision, mission, pursuit and calling, and one thing they fail to realize is that they cannot get a well simply by standing on the surface. Note that if you are going to get deep, you must dig deep, for deep calleth unto deep (Ps. 47:7). If you want to get deep, you must dig deep. This is why you must dig deep into the presence of God in daily quiet time and meditation.
Remember that where Jesus met the Samaritan woman was at the well. Also remember that in the bible days, the days of our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – they began their businesses by digging wells. Now, there were seasons when those wells get easily dried up, and they had to dig deep in order to get water. The well is symbolic to us as believers, children of God, and the new generation, it is where we draw from. We must dig deep to get the deep revelations, blessings, anointing, riches, presence, and grace of God.
We saw yesterday also that Joseph was a bough and that as a bough, he was the main branch. Being the main branch, he decided not to be small, he decided that his faith, love for God must not be little, thus he grew up. This also applies to you as a youth. You are the level you are now because of the degree of your hunger for God. See Matt. 7:7.
Note that it is what you ask for you receive. Your receiving is greatly dependent on the degree of your asking, for it is done to you according to your faith – Matt. 9:29
Now, as a fruitful bough that you are, by the reason of being the Joseph generation, you are not supposed to stand or be alone, but to have other branches, parts or fruits. As a youth, you are not supposed to be barren.
It has been said that every dream or vision, if it is going to fulfill its purpose, it needs people who will read and understand it and then are willing to run with it – every dream or vision given requires vision runners (Hab. 2:2). And vision runners don’t just run, they run on a wall. See Gen. 49:22
Now, a wall stands for defense, protection, preservation. So when God gave birth to us, He fenced us round about (Ps. 125:2); He protects us. Walls also mean so many other things amongst which is height or standard. And as children of God, there is a wall, a height, a standard that has been set for us to attain.
In Gen. 49:22b, we see that Joseph had branches (or other parts), which implies that he was not alone, he had other people, personnel, ministers who worked with him. From that scripture, we see that Joseph was a fruitful bough that ran over the wall. This means that he beat standard.
When God calls us, He gave us dreams or visions, but these dreams and visions are not only for us, but for others as well.
Again let’s see Gen. 49:22. It reads, Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall. Consider the phrase ‘run over the wall’. If I must ask, ‘where did he run to?’ Now, remember he was sold into slavery by his brothers to the Egyptians. He got to Egypt; this means, as the scriptures says, his branches ran over to Egypt. When Joseph got to Egypt, he broke record and made the nation of Egypt prosperous. He made a good name for himself and through him, the prophecy given to Abraham by God was fulfilled.
Now let’s consider wall again. A wall also represents or connotes bondage, and there are many kinds of bondages. The strongest is the one from within, just as Jesus said in Matt. 10:36, that a man’s enemy is a member of his household. Take note that, even Joseph had to fight to break free from his bondage. Remember that his brothers hated him and were against him because of his dream. In the same way, you must fight and break free from every form of bondage that may tend to hold you bond.
I want to admonish you to be a vision runner and not a vision destroyer.
Finally, let’s see Ecclesiastes chapter 12.
I like you to know that:
* God loves using youths.
* He loves your youthfulness.
* Thus you must not waste your energy, your peak season, your season of strength
See Eccl. 12:2 and notice the phrase ‘nor the clouds return after the rain’. I like you to know that as believers, there is a cloud of God’s grace, life, light, anointing, and presence over you, and it is timed. It is for a specific period of time, and that is why you must not waste your youthfulness.