12 For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field.
13 ‘In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession.
Jubilee is that year in Israel when men and women were released from debt (Leviticus 25:23-38) and all types of bondage (Leviticus 25:39-55). All captives and prisoners were to be set free during this year, debts forgiven, and all property returned to the original owners. All labor would cease for one year.
The point of Jubilee's year was that the Israelites would dedicate a year of rest to the Lord, acknowledging that He had provided for their needs. One full year!
There were a lot of advantages to this because it not only gave the people a break, but vegetation won’t grow if people overwork the land. By the Lord's institution of a year of rest, the land had time to recover and produce a stronger harvest in the future years to come.
Perhaps it would help us to realize how important the year of Jubilee was if we realize that one of the main reasons that the Israelites went into captivity was that they didn’t observe these resting years as commanded by the Lord (Leviticus 26).
Dear Reader, a Jubilee is a year of rest. It is a year of release from all forms of enslavement. Therefore I pray for everyone reading this material right now who may have been enslaved by the despotic reign of Lucifer, it would be your year of irrevocable release in Jesus’ name.
Let me remind us as we prepare to enter into this year of perfect Jubilee that for every promise of God there are conditions to be fulfilled. So, what are the conditions for partaking in the upcoming Jubilee.
Apostle Peter admonishing the early church had this to say “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Service cannot be overemphasized in the kingdom assignment given to Christians. To be born again means to be born into a holy service unto the Lord – Galatians 5:13. Service makes us relevant and gives us worthy position in God – John 12:26. Genuine and heart-felt service unto God qualifies every child of God for the rest that God has promised unto them. Every service has reward – Hebrew 6:10. Now, you need to know that there is quality service and there is substandard service. Both Cain and Abel offered unto God as an act of worship their token of service but one was honorable while the other was reckoned by God as dishonorable. This is where conscience is critical. When you serve dear friend, please do so with all your heart as unto the Lord.
Giving should be seen as an opportunity to invest and prosper – Matthew 6:19-21 but unfortunately many people think of themselves as helping God or helping the receivers when they give to God or to men. When we give to God, it is in fact a privilege. God does not need the help of any man to fulfil his missions. When we give to any man it is actually a privilege because it could have been the other way round - It could have been us in need of the giving but grace found us. Brethren, to be blessed the more, give the more – I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (Luke 11:28). In the Kingdom of God, nothing is as valuable as obedience, not even service. For instance if your service is not within the boundaries of obedience God forbid that you receive rebuke instead of reward. As it is often said “to obey is better than sacrifice”, but obedience is hard labor with submission to God which gives us the power to resist the devil – James 4:7, Luke 9:23. It is in total submission to God that we find the courage and strength for complete obedience.
As we prepare for the 70th Anniversary of the RCCG, I want to congratulate all members of the RCCG. I want to also wish you a very merry and life-transforming Convention. I pray for you as you go to the Perfect Jubilee Convention that in this very Convention, your rest will be made perfect. This year is declared the year of your Perfect Jubilee in Jesus’s name.