Elisha’s prescription to Naaman for healing was bizarre. “Go wash seven times in the Jordan and your flesh will be restored and you will be clean” (2 Kings 5:10).
Naaman receives instructions from a slave girl to go to conquered, forsaken Israel, to a lowly prophet that lives in the armpit of the second rate, poor country, who gives him instructions to go to the dirty, dingy Jordan river and bathe not once or twice but seven times.
“That’s crazy,” thought Naaman, “seven ducks in a dirty pond. Why, we have rivers in Aram that are better than the Jordan.” Naaman doubted that God’s prescription for healing could really do anything.
Naaman did not realize that the power was not in the water, but was manifested in the water by doing what God says. Your miracle will always come from doing what God says.
Naaman continued to doubt when he entered the Jordan and came up still a leper. God reminded him that when the Lord says seven, six would not do.
God is asking some of us to dip seven times. Humility leads to obedience. The humble person makes no claims on God, but knows that God has claims on him or her.
When God asks for seven times, do not try to get by with only five or six. God wants us to go the distance, will we? God is not trying to tie conditions to his healing, but rather he is testing our obedience.
We must believe that God’s way is better than our own. We may not always understand his way of working, but by humbly obeying, we will receive his blessings.
We must remember that God’s ways are best; God wants our obedience more than anything else; and God can use anything to accomplish his purposes.
So, what are God’s instructions to you this week and this season?
Remember, your blessings will be unlocked by your full obedience to God.
God knows every detail about you — your likes/dislikes, personal characteristics, locations, family, and so much more. He’s an expert on you.
He could write a book about you.There are over 7.6 billion people on the earth, and He knows you personally and completely. God even knows how many hairs are on your head Eww!:
Matthew 10:26–31 says; “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows”
How many hairs do humans have on their head? Go look into a mirror and start counting. Impossible, right?
Here are some facts: If your hair is black or brown, you have about 110,000. So the average human head has 100,000 hairs. There are approximately 7,660,000,000 people on the planet. That means God knows the current status of 7,660,000,000,000,000 hairs on human heads. (Yes, some people are bald, but this is an average.) That’s 7.66 quadrillion hairs that God knows quite well.
And that’s just the humans. We haven’t even gotten to the animals. There are approximately 8.7 million species of animals on the earth. All the animals in all those species (the ones that have hair, and the ones that don’t) — God knows them too.
But that’s nothing. Psalm 147:4 says; He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
There are nine planets in our solar system. Eight if you subtract Pluto. They orbit around the sun. The sun is a star in the Milky Way. The Milky Way has 200 billion more stars that are just like the sun. Planets and moons orbit around each of them too. God has a name for every one of them.
In addition to that, there are 100 trillion galaxies in the universe, each with 200 billion stars. R.I.P My calculator just exploded, but let’s just say that’s a lot of stars and a lot of names. There are way more stars in the sky than hairs on human heads. Every hair, every star … God knows them all.
So why don’t you believe it when I tell you that God knows every detail about you and that He knows every detail about your true identity?
Consider these common real life experiences; You arrive at your working place only to get the sad news that you’ve lost your job. The bus tout abuses you for not boarding his bus- he actually calls you a foolish dog! Your neighbor by-passes you without a greeting. You seem to be working so hard but never earning enough to meet even your basic needs many years down the line.
Your spouse always speaks demeaning words at you and this has hurt you for a while now. Your fiancée suddenly goes silent on you and you soon learn that he or she has backed off from the relationship. You expected a better grade than what you’ve just got.
It has been many years of joblessness since you completed your university education and still there is no sign of getting a single job soon, but recent younger graduates seems to get good jobs so quickly.
What emotions does all these bring out of you?
Could such experiences bring out Sadness, hopelessness, irritation, abandonment, revenge, hate, bitterness, jealousy, isolation, spitefulness or even peace?
Or maybe none of these are your concerns, but you still have other serious issues around your life that brings out similar emotions.
Or it could be that you are on the other side of life experiences, the good side; You’ve just received a promotion at work, bought a new car, started a new relationship, got a baby after much waiting, built a big house, started a business and its doing so well, emerged the best in an exam or just moved from Rented estate to your own home.
What emotions will such experiences bring out in you? Would you be thankful, full of pride, contemptuous, joyful, contended and peaceful?
Your emotions are deep and are founded majorly on your life perceptions and belief system.
The Holy Spirit will always work in you to change and correct these two so as to effect meaningful emotional growth in you. Perceptions has to do with how you view life and explain life realities to yourself. Faulty perceptions will lead to faulty and evil emotions.
So how have you explained your past and current life realities or circumstances to yourself? How do you explain to yourself the reason why you are seemingly poor, jobless, failing exams, not married, childless, lonely or even why you are seemingly rich, always successful, attracting so many friends, on a progressive career path etc?
Don’t even try to pretend, consciously or unconsciuosly, you have some personal deep explanations to these, and it affects the emotions coming out of you.
Well, how you explain these life realities to yourself will affect your emotional growth. The Holy Spirit is always at work to correct and repair our perception. Most of the attempts to change our wrong emotions without fundamentally changing our faulty perception and beliefs don’t give lasting results.
In some instances, unscrupulous people of all kinds have taken advantage of such circumstances to manipulate peoples perceptions and belief system, especially the bad ones. But then there is the truth from God about your circumstances. That is what we must pursue and adopt, because it is the truth.
Again, how do you explain to yourself your current life realities/circumstances? Honestly, does your perception need serious repair? Yes, there is a biblical and spiritual perception to your life realities which you must adopt. The Holy Spirit is up to the task of repairing your perception, just cooperate with Him.
Women weren’t permitted to serve or consume the feast while men reclined at the table. The poor were allowed to hang around the periphery, collecting food scraps that fell to the floor after the meals.
Among the less fortunate this day was “a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town” (Luke 7:37). Since her name and specific sin aren’t mentioned – it is most likely to be prostitution, scholars say so, all the same, having been a sinner I ( or even you) can also fill in our names and sins as we watch this scene unfold.
Knowing Jesus would be there, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume. Perfume being expensive, her jar would have been small and easily hidden.
Did she mean to anoint the Lord’s head, as had Mary of Bethany (Mark 14:3), who was chastised by the disciples for wasting what might have been sold? Or did this unnamed woman plan to donate her alabaster jar and its contents to support Jesus’ ministry financially, as Mary Magdalene had done (Luke 8:2-3)?
Whatever her intent, she drew near to him. Then, undone in his holy presence, she wet his feet with her tears. Sorrow for her sins flowed from her heart. Gratitude for his acceptance poured from her eyes.
So brave, this woman, standing in a crowded room of men (some of them who could have been her former customers), silently confessing her sins. Watching her, I, too, feel the sting of tears. Could I stand before a group of men / women who “knew me then” and make such a painful admission?
Having soaked Jesus’ feet, she knelt and wiped them with her hair. She was embarrassed, perhaps. Or simply wanted to serve him.
Unbound tresses were a serious breach of social custom, but this woman didn’t care; Jesus was her sole concern. Observing her extravagant display, I’m ashamed of the times I’ve restrained myself during worship – should I lift my hands or not? Should I sing with abandon? kneel for prayer? go to church so early? Sing so loud? Serve in the lowly tasks of ushering? Offer precious gifts or just small monies? Stay in church that long? We are too concerned with other’s opinions and not focused enough on the Savior.
What this courageous woman did next was shocking. She kissed Jesus’ feet. A scandalous and risky act. But glorious.
Again, I’m cut to the quick. In my years of knowing the Lord, have I done one risky thing to express my love for him? Knocked on a stranger’s door to share the gospel? Served a poor stranger food? Gave sacrificially for God’s work? Forgive me, Lord. For holding back. For giving you anything less than everything.
This woman withheld nothing: Opening her jar, she anointed Jesus’ feet with her costly perfume.
The scent that marked her as a prostitute—paid for by the many men who’d used her—was now poured out as a love offering for the one man who respected her.
This Sunday morning, leave me alone to offer my very best for my saviour! For some of us our devotion to the Lord is always shallow , measured and restricted!
This Sunday morning, I will offer my best worship and praise to my saviour. I won’t be cowed by ‘ modesty’ or the false teachings of men” taught by some of our modern pastors, who have pampered us out of a fully devoted christian life!
Pride, status, position and selfishness won’t cower me from worshiping Him with my very best.
And you, why do you offer restricted worship to God? Or is it that you haven’t experienced the full grace of God like this woman, or may be you are yet to understand and appreciate the work of Christ on the cross and what it means to you?
When you see others devote themselves to the Lord by attending all fellowships in the week, or raise their hands in worship, sing aloud in worship, kneel and cry in worship, get to church so early or do whatever else , don’t judge that these are just ‘ works’ as some christians of our days do say.
You just don’t know the cost of their alabaster oils! Could you join me to fully devote to God this Sunday morning and offer Him unrestricted, abandoned worship ?
Let’s meet at the throne, at the feet of Jesus as we offer him our abandoned worship! Please carry some costly ” Alabaster oil ” to church this Sunday morning, and offer it to the Lord!
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Hopelessness. It’s a feeling that radiates in the pit of your stomach, leaving you consumed with nothing but devastation. There are no more words to be said. No more tears left to cry. You know the feeling, possibly all too well. It might be an emotion you’re experiencing now with all that’s happening in our world today.
You’re not alone. Scripture show us many examples of those who likely felt the very same way. Mary and Martha are two that come to mind who can surely relate to feeling hopeless. Their brother Lazarus had fallen ill, and they’d sent word to Jesus to come to them. They knew if He was present, their brother could be healed and saved from an untimely death. But Jesus didn’t come as they’d hoped – when they’d hope.
It was days after Lazarus had passed away that He finally arrived. Any chance of saving their brother seemed lost, but Jesus had a different plan. He knew that even if Lazarus had long passed away, He held the resurrecting power to bring him back to life – and He did just that. Jesus called Lazarus from the grave, raising him from death to life.
Fast forward and the disciples, too, likely experienced a similar feeling of hopelessness after Jesus’s death on the cross. His body lying in the grave probably brought questions of confusion. Their Lord, the most powerful one, had been overpowered – so they thought. Yet again, God had a different plan. Jesus conquered the grave. He is alive!
Are you feeling like life’s circumstances are beyond hope? Like life has dug an emotional grave too deep for you to rise above during the covid era? Friend, be encouraged.
As children of God, the same power that conquered the grave then is the same power at work in our lives today. The Holy Spirit transformed your heart, giving you a new life in Jesus, and is working in you now to accomplish His will.
The gospel displays His power to renew and restore what sin has broken. Sin and death have been defeated and no longer have dominion over you. The bleak ending for your story has been rewritten by God’s grace.
Today, be reminded of the hope you have in Christ – always. He can redeem any circumstance. Nothing is wasted. No situation is beyond repair. What was once intended for evil, He can use for good. And the painful experiences we face in this life will one day be exchanged for an eternal glory free from the presence of sin and suffering. All is never lost.
He turns graves into gardens. He turns mourning to dancing. He gives beauty for ashes. He turns shame into glory. He’s the only One who can.
This is Elijah, lodging (or is it hiding) in a cave after a major victory over Baal and its prophets. Surely, the Mt Carmel display of God’s raw power in the form of fire falling from heaven and consuming not only the sacrifice but the water and the stones that formed the altar was a major revival or wasn’t it? This surely should have resulted into great revival of God’s people.
Israel should have completely and fully repented. Elijah’s message of repentance and turning back to God should have been heeded to by all. Maybe, Elijah should have been fully embraced by the King, government and sought for by all churches to spread the message of getting back to the true God. But this wasn’t the case.
Elijah was still being chased by the wicked Jezebel. Worse off, Elijah was still seemingly alone with no defense from any of the Israelites, even those who had witnessed the great Mt. Carmel victory. No preacher, God’s prophet, Deacon or Yawheh worshipper was coming out in the open to lend him a hand or even identify with his cause. He felt lonely and powerless.
And in 1Kings 19:14, Elijah in hiding complains to the Lord …. “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”…
I tend to understand Elijah’s feeling especially in our times; sin haters are few in our generation, true preachers in our times are very few, for sure they are few, good churches that preach truth and disciple well are so scarce, righteous people are so few, yes true gospel singers are rare to come by, and loh…seriously prayerful Christians are hard to come by, in fact in our nation, even with statistics indicating 80% of us are Christians, you’ll work extra hard to find a real christian anywhere around. Yes, the situation looks gloomy and sad.
It feels lonely to stand out for something that you know is right when you are alone against many. It feels lonely in some places to be the only Christian who doesn’t take alcohol, doesn’t chat unnecessarily with girls/boys, stands against corruption, doesn’t think tribally or in the lines of race, doesn’t hate others or do some evil. So bad so in cases where even the highest church leaders and bishops seem to agree with evil or condone it.
Being godly and righteous can be so lonely, to the point of feeling what Elijah felt – loneliness! But God had an answer for him in verse 18 of the same chapter ; “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
Unknown, hidden, tucked away from the glare of the masses, without much prominence and attention, away from the glare of the official and social media, God has raised and preserved some true churches, yes some true prophets still exists, some true pastors who are anointed still exists.
Woe unto you if you think that every true, blessed and anointed servant of God must be prominent, be popular, be on TV, be on social media, have a large congregation and wear a celebrity personality. Some of the best servants of God may not be on any media ( TV, whatsup, Facebook, twitter or whichever else).
Yes, some Christians remnants are still existing and they may not, after all, be so few as you might think. Though not outspoken, not loud and so exposed to you, there are serious Christians who have not yet compromised their christian lifestyles. Yes, there are true Christians who still believe in and pursue holiness, they dress modestly, talk well, are never corrupt, not tribal and very honest. We have Christians who spend good time in prayer, yes some even pray and fast weekly, some spend over two hours daily in prayers, some spend hours in their bibles. Some have given up their chase for career, money and materialism to serve God.
Yes we have Christian business people and professionals who are committed to serve God with all they have wherever they are. For them the market place has been a mission field and they intentionally engage on this mission. Yes there are people who wholeheartedly and sacrificially give to the work of God despite their financial struggles. And they give to God’s work with no strings attached.
God has preserved for Himself a remnant, a people given to Him and His cause. They are few and scattered, they seem alone wherever they are but they are committed to the truth, they might not be so prominent and outspoken but they are God’s remnant.
This truth always comes alive whenever you visit heaven’s gate prayer mountains only to find multitudes of people, rich and poor, young and old, men and women, all given to seek God’s face in prayer and fasting. Beyond there and back in the towns and cities, are many other christians and churches struggling with prayers or prayer meetings…you may think no one is praying in this country at all…
God has a remnant, they are not perfect, some are not gifted like you, some are not having good jobs or opportunities like you. Some are much busy and with high ranking career or businesses more than you. But they are committed to their spiritual growth. They are given to please God and serve His purposes wherever they are placed. And they are not giving excuses for not pursuing and serving God like you might be giving…
God has a remnant for Himself. Unknown, hidden, away from the lost masses, God has preserved a remnant for Himself. Are you part of the remnant?
Modern idolatry has taken its root in the church it seems. We’ve been encouraged to create in our minds a god of our liking. The god who does things as we want and responds to us on our terms. That’s what some modern faith teaches. But then, there is the God who is, the One Who is God and is in charge. Wilderness moments can often introduce us to the God Who is.
God says, I will allure you, and bring you to the lonely wilderness, and there in your heart, I will speak tenderly in the barren soil of your loneliness, I will speak my love I will betroth you to Me forever as My spouse I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and then you will know Me as your Husband, and as your Lord (Hos 2:14-20).
It is in the wilderness of life that God betroths Himself to us in such deep intimacy an intimacy that doesnt spring from factual and intellectual knowledge of God, but an intimacy that comes from trusting Him in the midst of a desolate wilderness.
We all want a predictable ‘good’ God; the one that won’t allow bad things to happen to us. We are not into having a God who lets bad things happen to reasonably ‘good’ people like you and me…eehh. So the wilderness experience makes us ponder whether we can trust and love God when bad things happen to us.
In that precarious place called the wilderness, we learn to trust God, and to believe profoundly in His goodness and to trust that God is still good, that God is for us and not against us even amidst the unpredictability of life.
Though God can seem unpredictable, we ultimately learn that He is predictably good. So the wilderness is a place of exile from a predictable kind of a God; we are forced to give up on that kind of a God.
The wilderness forces us to let go of our control, and in the dark night of faith, we let God lead us in the journey to the Promised Land even if we get their circuitously by the way of the desert.
The experience of the wilderness opens us up to a deeper and more profound faith in God and in His goodness even as we wander through the lonely desert.
Also take note that wilderness is not the end of the story, because the Scripture says that God always brings His people out of the wilderness just as He did to the Israelites. Jesus Himself emerged from the wandering in the desert.
In the Hebrew Scriptures, the wilderness is the place where salvation dawns; the place that gives way to a land rich in water and life; the place that ceases to be a place of exile and alienation.
The promise is the Promised Land ; note the word – promised, and we arrive in Gods time, and on God’s terms.
Let us surrender to and Worship the God who is and not the idols we’ve been encouraged to create in our minds.
But you are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them. (Nehemiah 9:17)
————————————— Jerusalem, the city meant to declare God’s name, lies in rubble on the ground. The glory of Solomon’s era has passed. Now it stands bare, lifeless, stripped, and unprotected, a shameful shadow of its former splendor. A powerhouse brought low. A chosen people scattered. A city desecrated.
She could boast and tell stories of her glorious past, but her present is serious ruins and her future depends on how she’ll respond to this present reality.
You could be like Jerusalem or even in a worse situation!Some of us could be in this state yet deny or simply ignore as they move on with life.
You were once a committed disciple of Christ! Such a honest, gracious brother or sister oozing with passion for God! Your walk with the Lord was on the upward trajectory! Your service to Him was real and energetic! Your prayer life was bubbling with real-time heavenly connection! You were such a great inspiration to every one around! Your life was literally clothed with Godly power! Yes, you were glowing with godly purposefulness … then, oops! Something happened….or something slowly crept into your life..
A gross sin, a silly mistake, a wrong decision, some costly disobedience, some piecemeal but dangerous drift, some ‘businesses’ pursuit, some career growth, some affluence, or even a problem or difficult season shook you off your faith, or just something you can’t explain seemed to have dragged you out of your spiritual growth path.
These might have forced you out, knocked you down or wittingly enticed you out of your spiritual growth path!
And today, here you are in spiritual rumbles, bearing evident marks and wounds of spiritual defeat! You are a waste of your former spiritual self! Some of us could deny the broken reality of our current spiritual state courtesy of inflated egos, self pride or those ” motivational “positive thinking” stuff …but the fact remains…you are in bad spiritual state! You are decaying, rotting or even spiritually dead. There is no spiritual life in you!
Nehemiah, having heard news from afar about the beloved Jerusalem, mourns over the reproach of his people. He knows that the pride and hard-heartedness of his people have caused their own destruction. Previously, God warned them of this, that if they haughtily turned away from him, there would be consequences. Certainly, the consequences have arrived: captivity, broken fortifications, reproach, and an entire city in distress. Grieved, Nehemiah pleads with God for the people by confessing their sins.
Through Nehemiah’s leadership, God restores a whole people to himself, as well as the beloved city’s fortification.
Some 500 years after Nehemiah’s time, there is another man weeping over Jerusalem. The city is not in physical rubble, but it is in spiritual shambles, full of religious people who are dangerously hard-hearted toward God. Soon, lacking the spiritual eyes and ears to understand his desire to gather them, protect them, forgive them, lead them, restore them, they will crucify this One man . He longs to transform their spiritual rubble into complete life restoration because this is His way. If they would just let Him.
Perhaps today you are weeping too over the rubble of sin or failure or things out of your control. Perhaps you are reflecting on the rubble left from long-ago decisions, rubble that you are trying desperately to hide, run away from, or move past once-and-for-all.
Jesus stands over that rubble, weeping with compassion for you. But more so, he calls for you, his spiritual Jerusalem, to come to him:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem….how often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. (Matthew 23:37)
Even while standing in our obvious rubble, some of us are still not willing to submit to him. Some of us don’t even believe him when he says he forgives. We don’t believe he can love us enough to fully restore us to our Garden of Eden glory.
Whether we believe it or not, the substance of God’s love is mercy and grace. He is mercy and grace. He does mercy and grace. He gives mercy and grace. He doesn’t just forgive (mercy). He blesses and bestows favor (grace), enough so that a life completely broken down can be fully rebuilt. It is his response to all repentant, softened hearts.
From wasted rubble to restoration. This is the way of God.
Experiencing a spiritual spark at times can seem difficult but that can still be the easiest bit. Keeping the spiritual fire going continuously could be the difficult part because it demands at the least a steady supply of fuel.
Its true that’s even Gods fire in your life is started by Himself but is to be fueled by yourself…
When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. 2 Chronicles 7:1, 2.
King Solomon begun with such grace and favor from God. God had appeared to him in a dream and asked him to request for anything and this young man asked for wisdom and that was granted , together with much wealth.
His love and commitment to God was evident too , he built Yahweh the first temple in Israel and on its dedication , fire literally came down from heaven and consumed all the sacrifice ! And King Solomon followed by offering God such a lavish sacrifice !
But the warmth of Solomon’s sincere prayer and his lavish offerings of sacrifices at the consecration of the temple were not followed up with a similar exuberance to constantly obey Yahweh. His fire went out , because he added no fuel !
What an awe -inspiring power had come down from heaven at the beginning! Yet in spite of this, the ‘flame’ was eventually extinguished. Solomon didn’t add the fuel !
Before Solomon’s death, God became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after idols; but he did not keep what God had commanded.
Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant” 1 Kings 11:9-11.
Even in life , lasting success is not the result of brief spasmodic moments of brilliance. It is not like the short -lived glitter of a firecracker that lights up the dark night sky, but quickly expires as soon as its minimal energy is dissipated.
For a motor to keep running, for a body to keep functioning, for love to keep thriving, for a plant to keep growing, for an organisation to keep operating and for your righteous flame to keep burning the appropriate fuel must be constantly supplied.
Victory can only be determined when the intended task is satisfactorily completed. A dazzling beginning counts for nothing unless it is followed right through to the ultimate conclusion.
The pilgrim journey continues to life’s end. The challenge to all believers is, ‘how can you keep the heavenly flame ablaze so that your life will be constantly transformed and you will be able to impact the lives of others in a way that is pleasing to God , for as long as you live?’
Once in a while some of us experience sparks of vigour , commitment and renewed activity in our spiritual lives but fail to do the constant daily hardwork of adding the fuel to create lasting spiritual flames….
May this be another fiery week for you…may you be set on fire….then burn continuously for Christ !
Have you ever wondered whether anything significant will ever come out of you? Have you ever felt like you are locked up in a cage, where you can only watch from the sidelines as others pursue and fulfil their dreams?
No job yet when your peers are in their sixth jobs, no marriage partner yet when you have just attended your last former classmate’s wedding, no child yet in your marriage when even the youngest of your nephews are holding their own?
Your marriage isn’t working, your finances are in shambles, your family in tatters, your health is deteriorating, your friends are all gone and you have no glimmer of hope from anywhere.
Everything about you seems silent, quiet, not moving at all. Only time seems to be moving and quite fast for that matter.
Have you ever felt insignificant in a world where everyone pursues and shows off their significance?
Could the bible’s silence on most of Jesus’ childhood, teenage and early adulthood imply he spent most of his time on earth doing almost nothing worth mentioning at that time?
Was he insignificant in away during this time because of the silence about his life? This impression is amplified by the shock registered in his old acquaintances at the thirty-year-old’s miracles. More astounding still is that even his teaching and wisdom surprised people who had heard him all his life.Thirty years! That’s over ninety percent of his earthly life in a kind of obscure life.
Can we say that during this time the Sovereign Lord of Glory was useless, or a failure? The very thought is even blasphemous! You know God’s Son is of infinite worth because of who he is, not for what he does.
Well, remember that you, too, are God’s child. Real significance and fulfillment can only be found in your union with Christ. To seek them through what you do or own is to chase a vapor.
For starters, it is a perversion similar to parents looking to their children for things that should only be found in their marriage partner.
What about David not even being considered for an interview by the great prophet Samuel himself when he is sent to anoint a king from Jesse’s household? The young man was so insignificant that even his parents didn’t notice his existence.
God sees significance where the world sees insignificance. He sees potential where others see nothing. Where others see no hope, he speaks new life. He sees beyond the standards the world uses to judge you. He looks beyond the labels others have placed on you and he calls you, “My precious child ”
For sure you will only find in Jesus the significance your heart is searching for. No matter what label people have placed on you ( failure, good for nothing, begger, prostitute, nuisance, burden, divorcée, troublesome, single mother , widow/ widower, bachelor, ugly, fool, barren, idler, mmmmh, &%$#*”+-&% etc) allow Jesus to speak words of significance and purpose into your life now.
Ultimately, His entrance into your life will change your entire identity. When you see yourself through His eyes, you will ultimately find that He is the Source of Your Significance.
Please understand that you are valuable for who you are, not for what you do or own. You were created exclusively by God and for God. And because of that, you are valuable.
There were no flaws in your design and no errors in your construction. You are hand-made, custom-designed, and fully loaded by God; and because of that, you have immeasurable worth.
Earthly sources of significance are usually very temporal. Will you suddenly decline in value when age forces retirement upon you, when you loose your job, health, marriage or business? You were created for the security that only God can offer.
To look to anything other than Christ for your sense of worth is like a poor commoner made royalty by her marriage to the king, but still hoping that her old filthy clothing will make her important.
Performers often gauge their success by how much people pay to hear them. The King of glory paid the highest conceivable price; the staggering cost of his Son’s life; just to be close to you. That’s how precious you are.
Furthermore, he has made you heir to heaven’s riches, destined to reign with eternal honor.
As God’s heir, you are of such mind-boggling importance that nothing, not even the greatest achievement you are craving for now could increase your significance.
I submit to you that even in your current state, you are still very very significant. May this knowledge help to release you into your great destiny!
May this day be full of significance to your life too!
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