Our heavenly position matters more than our earthly positions

“…Yet it shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:43–45.

Points to consider

  1. Position is not given for personal gain but the benefit of the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11–13, Romans 12:3·5)
  2. Position is not given to convey the value of one person or part of the body over the other.
  3. Physical position does not parallel greater value.
  4. Each part of the body is to do its best to benefit the whole.

What to do to be fruitful in our earthly positions

  1. Renew our perspectives. We must see ourselves as Jesus sees us by fixing our eyes and minds on Him. We must build our lives on His position rather than on our experience and the titles men have placed on us. (Philippians 2:4).
  2. Reject being controlled by our past. We must go off the old patterns. We will never serve in an empowering way if we hold on to our old self, our old mess, our old citizenship, our old camps…
  3. Remember our assignment/purpose. We slip when we lose sight of why God left us on earth. Our mission is to participate in God’s redemptive plan for the world. When we embrace God’s agenda, we receive His power to serve. (Ephesians 3:7–13).

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Colossians 3:1-2.

We will carry out our earthly assignments and serve in our earthly positions better if we appreciate and accomplish our God-given purposes. Your purpose is God-given to be a co-worker with Him in His Kingdom. When you mind kingdom business you experience incredible growth and fruitfulness in all facets of life.

We shouldn’t place a great value on our earthly positions; our heavenly position has greater value. Our heavenly position empowers us to serve better in our earthly positions. Amen!

May God give us more grace to serve.

Forget war, remember the kindness

The world is full of people who are always radiating with light despite the increasing darkness due to man’s inhumanity to fellow man. Some people do kind things to us though we might not pay attention to them. They may have done small or big things but their kindness still reverberates in our hearts.

We encounter kind people one time or another and interestingly they may be strangers to us. We may not have met face to face before, yet, they show us kindness without knowing us.

Does this resonate with you? Are there people who have done you kindness without expecting anything in return? Do you know their names? Where do they stay? Where do they work?…

The person who whispers a “hello” wrapped in a golden smile adorning our day with sunshine. The person who offers a lift on their bicycle when he finds us trekking along the way. The person who sits close to us in the hospital to share our feelings and encourage us because we are feeling miserable. Do you admire that person?

The person who shows us direction when we’re lost within the city. The person who assists us to carry our luggage that is too heavy. The person who pays school fees for our children. The person who has volunteered to offer humanitarian aid in war-torn Ukraine… the list is long. Do you remember that person?

We might not know their names but we know one amazing thing about them. We’re witnesses of their acts of kindness to us. Maybe they do not remember their actions but we do. Because they have taught us to see the world through a beautiful lens. A lens of kindness. Love. Compassion. Mercy. Grace. Hospitality. Humanity…

Isn’t it good to remember those people who have shown us a kindness? Isn’t it reasonable to anchor ourselves in this beautiful practice — to show kindness to others ourselves?

I hope we can choose to be the people who shine a light on other people’s pathways when ours cross along with theirs. I hope we can choose to forget the wrongs we have been done. I hope we can choose to do kindness to those who have wronged us instead of retaliating.

We can glean a great lesson of kindness from the following message as told by Jesus, the epitome of kindness.

“… But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’’… “Go and do likewise”

Luke 10:30-37.

Wonderful! This act of kindness transcends the particular and becomes universal.

Amen.

Go and do the same!

Bad words are bad

For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

1 Peter 3:10-11.

War is bad. I’m greatly appalled by the bombing of the maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine — it’s pure evil. Man’s inhumanity to fellow man is rising. You can imagine the destructive nature of all those deadly weapons being used to annihilate humans … We may lack words to say but we can pray for the restoration of peace in Ukraine and also for all those affected by the war.

Bad words are bad, also. The tongue is like a weapon of mass destruction. The moment it explodes, it causes tremendous havoc. Once it is detonated, it spits out venom that devastates without mercy, diminutive as it is. It breathes out the fire, that burns carelessly.

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.”

James 3:5-6.

No one is immune to making mistakes. We all make them, especially in the manner in which we talk to our friends. Neighbours. Colleagues. employees. Employers. Students. Children. Parents…

We hurt the ones we love the most by the words we casually throw at them. Sometimes we say it was a slip of the tongue. Sometimes we apologize. Sometimes we don’t. But if the mistake is repeated several times, it is no longer a mistake. It becomes a normal habit — like scratching the body when it itches.

Once you open your mouth and release the words, you can’t take them back — it’s like pulling the trigger, once released, you can’t take the bullets back. They will devour whatever creature they come across.

You can feel with the people you hurt. You can express guilt. You can be remorseful. You can tell them you are sorry. Yet, you can’t reverse the damage.

Think twice before you talk is a familiar saying, which is not always utilized. What if you think twice before you respond? What if you weigh your words carefully before you let them out? What if you choose kind words to spare somebody’s heart? Because you may say something that can break the heart of another person forever.

Words are powerful. Hurtful words can colonize the heart forever. Many people are living in isolation. Trauma. Pain. Rejection. Hatred… Their lives are doomed. Reason? Bad words were spoken to them many years ago. Yesterday. Today. Spoken by their parents. Boyfriends. Teachers. Spouses. Pastors …

Maybe we can choose to be mindful when it comes to what we say. Maybe we can use the power of our words in the direction of truth and love. To build but not to break. To bless but not to curse. Because a string of some words may not mean to us yet, may stick in someone else’s heart forever. Maybe like David, we can resolve to keep the mouth with a speed gorverner.

“I said I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.”

Psalm 39:1.

Always remember this:

“If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.

James 1:26.

Amen. Tame the tongue.

How do you react when someone offends you?

Someone says to you something offensive. You stand there, helpless. Traumatised. Humiliated. Victimized. You’re wondering why your personhood is being disrespected.

How do you react? Do you just assemble the perfect arsenal of weapons of words to blow up the assailant — the ultimate knock-out verbal punch? Do you choose to shame and tell the world how bad that person is?

You’ll day-to-day face many situations where someone insults you. You may not be able to avert what they hurl at you, yet you can always decide how you respond. You can choose to pay attention to these daily annoyances and verbal insults and waste valuable energy and time or you can purpose to brush them off.

You can effortlessly respond furiously to harshly punish them. But … that calculated David’s fatal slingshot you launch on your “Goliath” feels awful and ugly — you don’t feel great afterwards.

Instead, you can quench their violent embers of words by choosing better and kind words and being gentle. You can choose to react less. You can choose to remain silent — sometimes the most powerful choice is to say nothing.

“For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.”

1 Peter 3:10-11.

Have a great day!