(By Dr. Steve Ogan)
Have you ever, as a lawyer, asked the question, “Who are You Lord?” You may be an expert in asking mind provoking and intelligent questions, especially during cross-examinations at trials, but have you asked this most important question to the most important personality of all times? Have you had the type of encounter that apprehended and pushed Paul to ask this vital question?
God must first apprehend you before He can reveal Himself to you. No lawyer should ask, “What would You have me do?” unless he or she has first asked “Who are You Lord?” The first question must precede the second. God must first divinely introduce Himself to you before He can give you divine direction to do something important for Him. You must first be apprehended by God before He can send you to apprehend people and places for Him. Has God apprehended you? Have you ever acknowledged that you have sinned and come short of the glory of God? Have you repented of sin, wickedness, immorality and injustice? Have you been translated from darkness into God’s marvelous light? Are you born again?
S/N Questions Response Nature of Response
1. “Who are you Lord?” “…I am Jesus…” Acts 9:5 Divine introduction
2. “What would You
have me do?”
“…Arise and go into the city and you will
be told what you must do” Acts 9:6
S/N Questions Nature Scriptures
1. “Who are you Lord?” Primary inquiry for revelation Acts 9:5
2. “What would You have me do?” Secondary inquiry for direction Acts 9:6
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME DO AS A LAWYER?
Only lawyers who answer these questions in the afrmative can boldly ask God, “What would You have me do?” In other words, what is your purpose and plan for my life? Francis W. Dixon describes God’s plan for everyone’s life as “personal”, “perfect” and “practicable”. To these we can add that God’s plan for you are also progressive, purposeful, painstaking, precise and powerful.
Most professionals neither discover nor direct their energies to fullling God’s plans and purposes for their lives. They do whatever comes to their minds and thereby miss out on what God would want them to do. Don’t fall into this trap. Proverbs 19:21 says, “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.”
SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF GOD’S PLAN FOR LAWYERS AND EVERYONE ELSE
Only those who discover God’s personal, perfect and practicable plans for their lives can live a purposeful and peaceful life. This explains why Paul’s quintessential question is indispensable for every lawyer and indeed all other professionals. The question “What would You have me do?” will lead you to discover God’s plan. It will also help you develop your practice in line with the discipline and determination required to exercise dominion in the legal arena of nations.
Ponder on a Notorious Lawyer’s Quintessential Question
WHAT LAWYER PAUL’S QUINTESSENTIAL
QUESTION WILL PROVOKE IN YOU
Brace yourself for a fresh discovery of who you are and what God has called you to do as an honoured member of the legal fraternity. Like Paul, “…You are a chosen vessel to bear [God’s] name…” in the legal arena of your nation and beyond. The Lord will “…show [you]… many things you may suffer for his name’s sake…” (Acts 9:15-16). There will be disruptions in your life, just as there was in Saul’s satanic
agenda for the Christians in Damascus. But don’t ever forget that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in you and through your practice.
#Dr. Steve Ogan is the President of High Calling Outreach based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
He delivered this paper at a forum of lawyers in Nigeria.