Gold and glitters

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

Matthew 16:26–27.

The world and all its glittery is temporary; our human bodies are mortal. We can count our properties but we can’t count the time left in this world. I would rather follow after gold which has a lasting value than follow after glitters which are ephemeral. These are truths we must always remember.

Fellow believers, even if the whole world turns against us, we can still resolve to follow Jesus. Because He’s our greatest reward. If we lose him we’re left empty even if we have all the wealth of the world.

Like Peter we can ask:

… “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

John 6:68-69.

We must therefore choose to walk through the narrow path — the least travelled path. Walk with a lot of caution and endurance because there is a likelihood of the honest capitulating to the allure of the glitters of this world which are fleeting. The insatiable lust for wealth, power, position and fame through corrupt ways — shortcuts short of God’s glory. And many vulnerable nobles are swallowing this vicious bait sadly being swallowed by the world.

Beloved, your calling is great, your assignment is big, your purpose is divine; you can’t afford to live anyhow. You’ve to live carefully not carelessly. God chose you out of the many to show to the world His glory that dwells in you. We’re in the world but not part of the world; we’re heaven-bound, we can’t afford to live as the world lives. (John 17:14–18).

We can’t choose to love the world and its desires, riches, fame, power, pleasure — these temporal shadows. We can choose to follow and walk the purpose for which we’re called and sent. We can purpose and strive to live like Jesus, who didn’t fit in but understood His divine purpose and assignment which He carried out and completed at the cross. Jesus’s anointing couldn’t allow Him to fit in. Your anointing can neither too.

We won’t be given another chance to correct our walk with the Lord. We must make that decision right now, and abide in Him. Because in a flicker of light, all things concerning our lives can change.

Jesus loves you!

What do you do when a difficulty invades your life?

Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.”

John 16:20.

The journey of life isn’t always smooth. It is a mixture of joy and distress. It has many ridges and rifts — ups and downs. We don’t expect to always stay at the top all the time. We have to be able to know how to stay at the top as well as at the bottom. Good days and difficult times are part of our lives. We need to learn to adapt.

When a difficult situation invades through my door without even knocking, I don’t assume the end of the world. I don’t burry my head in the sand refusing to notice, so I won’t be noticed. I instead believe that when things are being shaken, a better thing will emerge for me. When an old door is closed, I acknowledge that God has opened a new one for me.

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”

Revelation 3:8.

I remind myself of a past difficulty I overcame. Not by my strength but by God’s extravagant grace. Doing this gives me the strength and hope to overcome the present situation. Because I strongly believe that God who did it in the past will do it today.

It is our confidence in the Lord and flexibility that enable us to smoothly navigate a difficult situation through an open door of grace, rather than banging our heads against a closed wall of doom — sadly to our disgrace.

Perhaps you’re lingering at the bottom of the mountain. The colossal feature is sitting right in front of you. It is staring at you like a rogue giant. The very thought of its enormity is scaring. The thought of surmounting it, you can’t fathom. There isn’t a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel in sight.

May you be encouraged and uplifted. May your faith and confidence in the Lord and His word remain rock-solid and unshakable even in that dire situation. I hope you can confront the giant bad as it is and tell it that it isn’t bigger than your God. May God turn your story of sorrow into a testimony of joy.

The Lord is your strength when you’re feeble. He is the way where there seems to be no way. He is the light when there is no light at the end of the tunnel. His grace is always sufficient! Soon you’ll see yourself at the top. Not by your effort but God’s hand will carry you there.

Have a great day!

The wisdom of the ants

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! consider her ways and be wise, which having no captain, overseer or ruler provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.”

Proverbs 6:6-8.

Ants are amazing creatures — tiny but very smart! I hope we can acquire vast wisdom from them. They usually take initiative without the need for a commander to get them started. They also possess an outstanding level of integrity. They don’t need an outsider to give an account of their faithfulness.

Furthermore, when their castle (ant hill) is destroyed, they work so hard to rebuild it, and yet still they store sufficient food in summer.

If we can learn from them and embrace their wisdom, we can grow in diverse spheres of leaderrship.

Stay blessed!