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“Knowing of someone” and “knowing someone”

Knowing of someone and knowing someone are different.

“I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep and am known by My own.”

John 10:14.

Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, in a statement reporting the passing on of Jamaican reggae music icon said:

 “I announce with the deepest sadness the passing of the patriarch, brother, friend and Jamaican music icon, the great Bunny Wailer … We mourn the passing of this outstanding singer, songwriter and percussionist and celebrate his life and many accomplishments. We remain grateful for the role that Bunny Wailer played in the development and popularity of reggae music across the world.”

Olivia Grange

I join our brothers, the Jamaicans and reggae fans in mourning and celebrating this great icon. However, I must admit that I don’t know him nor have I ever allowed him into my life since we’ve never met. I know of him though, because I used to be a fan of the wailers not many years ago.

I know of Donald Trump too, as well as of Joe Biden. I know of Eliud Kipchoge among a couple of celebrities. However, I don’t know any of these people, nor do they know me because we have never met. I only heard about them. Though I may have invited them into my life, they aren’t inviting me into theirs and they may never. It is a one-sided one-way relationship. 

Celebrities are our heroes and heroines. We love them and occasionally invite them into our lives. We often identify with them even when they’re unknown to us. We sometimes get too much attached to them creating friendships that leave us disappointed when we don’t get what we thought we would.

On the other hand, I know my spouse, my children, my friends, my parents — the people in my life. They know me. They have invited and allowed me into their lives. I have invited them to mine also. They’re there for me; I’m there for them, to share our joys and pains. It is a two-sided two-way relationship.

Similarly, the relationship between believers and Jesus Christ is two-sided two-way. We know Him and He knows us. He has invited us into His life; we have invited him into ours. What a great relationship! A mutual relationship with the King of Kings, the Father and creator of all universe. Is this not a noble relationship, a relationship to yearn for?

God is inviting us into His life. He wants us to know Him. To know His love that passes all knowledge, to know His abundant grace towards us — to be filled with all His fulness. We’re going to achieve this by first seeking His kingdom and righteousness so that all other things will be added to us. (Matthew 6:33).

As much as there are so many public figures, celebrities and things attracting our attention; as much as we would like to know them, we can choose and commit ourselves to know our Saviour instead. First.

Jesus is calling on us today saying, 

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”

Revelation 3:20-21.

The benefits of having a close relationship with the heavenly Father are innumerable. They far surpass all we can earn from our earthly relationships. Being invited to a dinner by the Lord Jesus is an extraordinary privilege.

Can you imagine what the King will serve on the table? Do you think He will serve you with morsels of crumbs while He overfeeds Himself on quality titbits? Nay. This isn’t His character. He’s hospitable, compassionate, kind, gracious, merciful…the son asks for fish and bread; the Father provides. 

Friend, maybe you’re feeling like you’re alone and dejected. Because you’re not benefiting from the relationship you’re in right now. Maybe you have invited someone into your life hoping that they’ll support you but the result is a total disappointment. Because the relationship is one-sided one way.

Are you going to seek or dwell on one-sided one-way temporal relationships in which you’re not invited? Or you’re going to seek a two-sided two-way relationship with Jesus who is inviting you into His life?

Jesus deliberately offers His time, focus and attention to all without restrictions. He wants the best for us — a satisfying life. I hope you understand this and open the door and let Him into your life by faith. Only then you’re going to experience the manifestation of His supernatural power. Amen!

God bless you abundantly!

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Faith

The price of sin is high

We must, therefore, live carefully not carelessly.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:21.

Jesus died for all. His salvation is offered to all regardless of previous failure or background. The precious blood of the lamb of God was shed to redeem us from death. 

The cross is the epitome of blessings. There was a divine exchange on the cross. Jesus took away our sin and curse; we received righteousness and blessings. He separated us from our ancestral ways and customs by His precious blood, bringing us into the lineage of Kingship! 

Now we belong to an everlasting kingdom — the city of Zion, the new Jerusalem where we reign in power and glory with Jesus Christ. 

We must, therefore, let go of the old patterns. We will never serve in an empowering way if we hold on to our old self, our old garbage, our old citizenship.

We drift when we lose sight of why God left us on earth. Our goal is to participate in God’s redemptive agenda for the world. When we embrace God’s plan, we receive His power to serve. Because we are coworkers with Christ, building on the foundation He set up.

“Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.”

1 Corinthians 3:12-14.

We must do this remembering that one day we shall stand before our Holy Father to give an account of our lives. Thus, as believers we must live carefully, not carelessly; working our salvation with fear and trembling. Because the price of sin is high. Amen!

God bless you abundantly!

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Don’t sacrifice today’s honesty for tomorrow’s peace

Make your steps upright and blameless; God will take care of your future.  

Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.”

Psalms 37:37-38.

A lot is going on in our world and our lives nowadays. It seems as though something is driving the world crazy. The planet is running weird and spinning out of control—the people in it seem to have lost their minds. Us.

Look around you and judge for yourself. There are endless wars everywhere, different kinds of wars—physical and spiritual. Wars of evil striving to dominate our good planet. I hope you understand what I mean? Where are we headed to anyway?

Even so, we don’t stop shining the light in our generation because the darkness is increasing. We remind ourselves that light always drives out darkness. We have goals to pursue. We have projects starting soon. We have good news to preach, seeds to sow, trees to plant—a lot of valuable things to accomplish. We must therefore choose to walk the narrow path which is rare nowadays.

We must walk this path with a lot of caution and endurance because there is a likelihood of the honest capitulating to the glamour of the easy path. The insatiable lust for wealth, power, position and fame through corrupt ways—shortcuts short of God’s glory. And many honourable people are swallowing this vicious bait to their dismal disgrace.

So man, why all this? This madness. What’s the root cause of all this human misery? My sentiment is that it is grounded in the first sin—the craving to usurp God’s position and authority. 

Satan’s agenda since the beginning is to cause division and chaos, to bring about untold human misery —within and outside the church. No other time has satan declared war against the human race than in our age since he knows that his time is limited.

He’s determined to pull a significant majority into the abyss of ruin by deceiving them into believing that the abyss is the promised land. Consequently, he has ravaged many great men and women resulting in the collapse of massive projects and visions.

So then, when a great majority have chosen the easy path—corruption, hatred, cruelty, bitterness, greed, pride, deceit, dishonesty,… don’t be distracted. Look at what is ahead of you. In a wild world where vices are prevalent, you can be the difference. You can be the epitome of hope.

When the whole world is insane and chaotic, you don’t have to join the crowd. You can choose to be blameless. You can choose to be rooted and grounded in God’s word. You can decide to be guided by the Holy Spirit. You can choose honesty.

When everyone else has become selfish, brutal, even bloodthirsty, you can be good. You can remain true. You can draw hard lines about what separates you from the crowd—what you’ll do or not, even if it comes at the cost of your life. You can maintain, as hard as it may be, some hope. You can choose to help people when you can. You can choose to forgive people when wronged. You can choose to love people when the love of many is waning.

Although the pathway of the honest may seem to be rough, it leads to a  greater future compared to that of the dishonest. Ultimately, people of integrity earn a future that far outweighs all that could ever be obtained deceitfully or dishonesty.

So, my friends, don’t trade today’s honesty for tomorrow’s peace. Make your steps upright and blameless; the Lord will take care of your future.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Amen.

God bless you abundantly!