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Put on Christ

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:27–28.

The clothes we wear communicate a lot concerning us — our gender, professions, social status, age, etc. However, there is a universal attire that unites all who have received Jesus Christ.

Whoever is clothed in Christ has become one with Him and one another, regardless of one’s ethnicity, gender or social standing. The Holy Spirit has been poured equally on all.

The Holy Spirit transforms the clothed people so that they become God’s representatives. God’s representatives reflect and communicate His character and message — love, compassion, kindness, reconciliation, forgiveness… etc. Amen.

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God’s wisdom far surpasses that of man

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20–21.

Glory to God because He doesn’t answer prayers according to our wishes or how we present our desires and needs to Him. He answers according to the power that works in us.

Daniel and his colleagues got on a verge of a fiasco when it was taught that all the wise men would be annihilated on failure to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Instead of worry, they chose to seek God’s mercy because they had faith in their God.

“Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”

Daniel 2:17–19.

These scriptures confirm that the wisdom of the heavenly Kingdom far surpasses that of the earthly kingdom. When we seek God’s wisdom (not man’s) amid dilemma, He creates a way of escape. God won’t allow those who seek His mercies to perish with those who seek earthly wisdom.

“For the Wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness.””

1 Corinthians 3:19.

Oftentimes, God seems to be silent or to have delayed, and we might lose hope. Amazingly, it is in that moment when He answers in the most extraordinary, supernatural and exciting manner.

It is better to keep on waiting on God in faith, regardless of the nature of the circumstances than to lose hope. Amen.

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Rejection can be part of God’s plan for your life

Turn the gloom into glamour

Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.” Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him. And so it was, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. Then they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon.”

Judges 11:2-6.

Jephthah’s story has two sides, the dark and the bright; man’s rejection and God’s acceptance.

Rejection is part of human experiences. Because society has set up standards, timelines and expectations of you. You’re going to be rejected for reasons beyond your control — if you fail to meet their requirements.

Jephthah was rejected for reasons he didn’t choose — being an illegitimate son. Yet, despite the disappointment, he didn’t choose bitterness, he chose something better for his life. He created a grand purpose for himself and others.

He turned a gloomy situation into a glamorous one and by God’s grace, he achieved a great feat. Those who had rejected him sought his help. 

Society defines value in different ways. By the measure of affluence — the material things one possesses, by the level of education, the position and authority one wields, by the number of people they are influencing… etc.

Beloved reader, do not be tempted to define your value based on the diverse societal definitions. I want you to know that your value isn’t measured and defined by society.

You’re valuable because you’re a child of God. You were bought with the precious blood of Jesus. The value Jesus has is the same value you have. The only difference with the value of the other person is in the manner in which we choose to do with the value we have.

Maybe you’ve been rejected because of your age. Maybe they’re saying you’re not educated. Perhaps they are saying you’re ugly. Maybe it’s because of your skin colour or your gender. Perhaps they’re saying you’re poor…etc.

I want to tell you that like Jephthah you can create a purpose out of rejection. God’s grace is sufficient for you to turn that rejection into great accomplishments. If God approves of you, nobody will invalidate you. Even those who despised and betrayed you will soon hear, see and seek the value in you!

Questions to consider

  1. Are you facing rejection from your family, friends, workmates etc?
  2. How are you responding to the rejection you’re going through?
  3. How can you apply God’s Word to cope with the rejection you’re facing?

Let’s declare Psalms 23:5 upon our lives together.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” Amen!

God bless you abundantly!