With all the talk about Christians supporting Kanye West and the likes, I wonder what main stream Christian clergy/authority are thinking.
We cannot deny that the Lord has used Kanye West as a medium to reach the very people the mainstream are supposed to have reached en-massed, but have not reached due to misappropriation of our priority.
Many should be reviewing the Works done in the name of Christ to actually see if it was for him rather than satisfying our own ego and maintaining status quo!
Every Bible believer should be happy as Jesus was happy when the disciples told him about someone driving out demons in Christ name in Mark 9:38 to which He responded, “Whoever is not against us is for us.”
Let us also intensify our works, The Lord’s Work to preach the Gospel to all nations and people!
In what way can you propagate the Gospel personally as an individual?
Share yourself/your God testimony with others
Be real with your struggles and triumphs and what difference having a relationship with Christ makes
Be genuine with your walk, don’t be two faced, walk the talk
“The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it. Mark 9:31-32
The disciples did not understand what Jesus was alluding to, however, amongst themselves they were busy arguing about who is the greatest much like the competition and argument in Christian circle today.
So many disciple of the gospel today are not conscious of the season we are in, the handwriting on the wall written on walls all across the world seem not to mean anything to the Church establishment. Why am I of this opinion you may ask! How else can it be that we (The Church) are busy building structures, investing in esthetics, and bickering about the mundane, while souls in millions are going to decay even while they live?
We all want to be great, we want to be the first, be hailed, celebrated, feel important, fulfilled, but how can we be fulfilled while the very purpose for which we came into being and called forth goes to rut?
It is time for each and everyone, for we all have influence, not only the Pastors, preachers, bishops, but folks on the pews, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandparent, teachers, everyone saved by grace are to serve the cause of Christ Jesus. The first shall really be the last and the last shall be the first.
Leadership, influence is about serving a cause. As a wife and mother, sister, aunt and friend, I am called to be of service. I must always ask myself, “what can I do to ensure the future of my kids are pleasant? What does my friend, nephew, neice, or even co worker need? Am I available, willing and ready to serve? For my kids, I invest in their today, serve their need, guide and guard them so that they can be who God created them to be.
Leadership, position, motherhood, fatherhood is not just to be a title, it is a call to serve a cause much higher than yourself. I remember a time I was overwhelmed by life’s event and then a teenager I was serving was acting up. I was so overwhelmed that I cried unto the Lord. I said here is this gift you gave me to care for, what would you have me do! Please step in and guide my hands, emotions and everything to do it right and that was it. God showed up big time!
I knew all along that it was a call to serve, and acknowledging this before God invited Christ to work in me to will and to act in order for his good pleasure to be fulfilled in the situation – Philippians 2:13
Father help us to genuinely serve your cause in spirit and in truth. May we yearn and thirst for your cause – the salvation and well being of all souls you present all around us in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.32 He spoke plainly about this and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan” he said. ‘You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” Mark 8:31-33
I wonder how many of all the professing Christians, including my very self have the concerns of God in our minds! You are right there that we have our feel good activities that we engage in day in day out, year after year! Are these really the concerns of God? Lord impress in our hearts by your Holy Spirit, your concerns and will we pray in Jesus name.
It has been written concerning Christ that he will suffer and be rejected by the very people he was sent to, and yet going through what was written of him, though painful, Jesus uttered no words. He lived to fulfill destiny!
Father help us to be about your business and yours only in Jesus mighty name!
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way He asked them, Who do people say I am? 28 The replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you? He asked. “Who do you say I am? Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. Mark 8:27-30
I often wonder why the Lord want to know who people thought He was! He asked thrice within 3 verses technically! Jesus wanted a feed back. He wanted to know if the people can discern the things of the Spirit.
You and I also should have one or two people that can give us feedback as to “Who we are perceived to be!” We know who Christ says we are in the scriptures, however, are we conducting ourselves as such? Do we come out as loving and compassionate as we ought to be? “Who do people say I am?”
For some of us, we are different as per the different sources depending on the different bus stops of encounters. “Who do you say I am?” Jesus asked his disciples. He heard all that the people said he was, but wanted to know who his closest people, his friends, and disciples thinks he is!
I don’t know how the Lord would have taken it if none of His disciples knew who he was. I for one would have been devastated!
For the believers of today, “Who are you?” And Who does people say you are? Is your life, conduct, attitude reflective of the Christ you profess? Father!!! Help us and guide us to genuine people who will give us constructive feedback. People that will tell us how we come off and not what we want to hear so we can make amends should need be.
Caution: Don’t take yourself seriously should a feedback rub on you ….ishly! Whatever wisdom you can garner from every feed back should be applied towards an improvement. There is always room for growth, so don’t sweat it.
Mark 6:31b “come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Jesus sent his disciples out in twos to do exploits. They came back, gathering around Christ Jesus excitedly reporting all they had done and taught.
There were other people coming and going interrupting this meeting that Jesus felt it was good to take them aside to rest.
This says to me that in whatever we are doing, we do need to rest. As Christians, after every exploits which I believe is daily, it will be good to cultivate a time alone with Christ where we unburden, and take up his strength.
This weekend dear reader, find time to unwind, rest, breath deeper, and relax in His presence!
Prelude: John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ had finished his assignment and it is of necessity for him to be removed, he already pointed Jesus out and therefore no longer relevant. Woe though to him/her through whom John departed!
Mark 6:14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”15 Others said, “He is Elijah.”And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married.
Herod committed sacrilege, he violated the institution of marriage, he took his living brothers wife. If he were to be dead, no problem, but he was living, I mean, alive! And to cover up, Herodias did the unthinkable!
Well, fast forward to verse 21, the woman at the heart of this evil, Herodias, a willing participant, got the opportunity to silence John’s criticism so to speak, she instructed her daughter to request for Johns head! What a mother! A parent! A guardian! Mark 6:23-25
This I see many times over and over again, and the young ones involved are just a means to an end. An evil one!
Many a time when adult have issues and want to get at each other, their pain, hurt, and desire for vengeance blinds them to good judgement and they use their children, wards, and others they can influence to do their dirty job. Parents use their kids against each other, keeping kids away from one parent to inflict pain, teaching kids to lie, disrespect and all sort.
In Churches, congregations all over, the board, bishops, pastors, people in authority, when they have issue with someone, they instigate others, using them as pawn to malign, ostracize, spread rumor, and ill treat this particular person, family, group among others things.
This happens in politics too. Lately we all heard about the impeachment procedure or whatever it is called in the United States. Apparently, President Trump cut aid, withheld aid that had passed through congress approval from Ukraine to somehow force them to investigate his democratic opponent. Power does corrupt, and absolute power corrupt absolutely!
My message to young ones that may read this, do not let anyone influence you to disrespect, or ill treat another person, old or young. See, the adults/leaders are old enough to fight their own battles. Do not follow multitude to commit evil.
And to adults, parents, guardians, that have influence on young ones, teach them to stand up for what is right, just, and true. You have to stop using these children, wards as pawn, mortgaging their good conscience for your own evil satisfaction.
You young adult that you may have been influenced to disrespect the women in your Churches that your Pastors have a dispute with, you better repent now. These people are old enough to fight their battles by themselves. You must not start your life being a pawn. You are somehow blocking the good things from flowing seamlessly to you.
On this note I rest my case! Galatian 6:7 Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man(woman, parent, young adult, leader etc) reaps what he sows.
A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home – Mark 6:4
“Familiarity breeds contempt”. “The Cambridge dictionary explains it this way, that “if you know someone very well you stop respecting them because you have seen all of their bad qualities“
This is what causes frictions in relationship. Jesus Christ experienced it in His home town. The people that knew him intimately, that have lived with him could not recognize the power at work in him. They could not benefit from it either.
Therefore, what you are experiencing is not strange to you. Your closest relationship, and those that know you casually may not see your worth as a being. Your genuineness, love, and virtues, may not be appreciated.
You speak wisdom and truth, speaks justice, peace, fairness, kindness, give wise counsel, and it is overlooked or ignored. It is a natural phenomenon summed up in “Familiarity breeds contempt”
I want you to know:
The unbelief of Jesus’s hometown does not negate or reduce the effect of His grace, love, and power to work wonders in the lives of many others of His days. Mark 6:13