When the Bible talks about Christians being the righteousness of God in Christ in 1 Corinthians 5:21, it means they have a rightness from God. It’s a quality of being right or righting wrongs. Continue reading “What is Righteousness?”
I have a passion for marriage. But I have an even deeper passion for how marriage is the apt depiction of our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course, by our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, I presuppose that you have been born-again and spirit-filled with the evidence of speaking in tongues. But if you haven’t, please do not be deterred as the intention of this post is to communicate a vitality of the Jesus message as it regards your marriage. Continue reading “The State of Our Marriages”
Hours ago, it became news that New York fashion icon, Kate Spade had died. She was 55. In the whiff of that moment or probably out of sheer curiosity, I asked a group of friends what kind of meaninglessness could motivate a person to commit suicide. My premise was that rich people in Africa never commit suicide or maybe a small number have but it must be pretty negligible as we hardly read of such stories in our news.
One of my friends responded that there were just too many people living with depression, internal conflicts and mental health issues in the West.
This response rang a bell in my heart why we should all be Christian. And I don’t mean the religion with it’s effigies touted around the world. I mean, the people that God intended all humankind to be. And here is why:
To be Christian is to be God’s home. When a man or woman accepts the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection, God makes that person His home and in every sense makes them immune to sickness and poverty by virtue of Him living in them.
To be Christian is to be capable of infinite love. When a man or woman becomes Christian and God takes up residence in them, He broadcasts His boundless love in their hearts so that they are capable of forgiving and loving without limit. Love is one of the ways that we as a race are distinguished from the rest of the world.
To be a Christian is to be a vital part of a community. Certain people muffled Christianity into an institution but it is actually a community. Christians share a brotherhood that recognize no denominations or sectarianism. We are one. And when you become a Christian, God the Father puts something in you for the rest of us. He gifts you with spiritual manifestations that other Christians can be blessed by.
To be Christian is to be an answer to the cries of the world. Becoming a Christian puts you in a class of solution providers for the problems of the world. And this is just in the area of performing miracles, your mind is upgraded such that you are able to use your work, products and personality to bring tangible change to many. We are charged to let our light shine so that men glorify our Father God.
To be Christian is to have exclusive access to God. All you need to be able to have conversations with God is to become a member of the family. I know it may sound a little cliche but God who allows us to have meaningful conversations with each other is particular about having same with you, possibly on a daily basis. He may not come down in bodily form to banter and laugh with you at the dinner table after a hard day’s work but He will make impressions in your heart that you can relate to; that He listens to you and you can speak to Him.
Their can definitely be no defeat or disadvantage to becoming Christian. It is the answer to depression, loneliness and suicidal spells.
I honestly wish that Kate Spade had read this blog post yesterday to learn how deeply the love of God was willing to go to drag her out of any difficulty she might have faced internally. This love is present with you now, right here and I know you can sense it because I prayed for you with the love of God in my heart.
Don’t turn away from it. Simply look up a Bible verse in Acts 4:12 and trust that it was God that reached out with His infinite love to you.
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I love you.
Much of what I have learnt these past few weeks has been mind numbing…to the point that I have had to re-examine the things I once held true about my faith. And maybe you should to. This piece is for my Christian audience but you might find some of the thoughts intriguing, particularly if you are someone who isn’t too accepting of the status quo.
This piece will attempt to explore why Christians go to ‘church’, why we have denominations and why we worship the way we do.
I remember Jesus speaking a parable about a good man who sowed a seed in a field (in Matthew 13:25). It goes on to say that while men slept, the enemy came and sowed tares, a worthless weed plant to try to obfuscate the harvest that the good man had had in mind before planting the seed.
The good man responded by letting the wheat and the weeds grow together knowing that if he tried to separate the tares from the wheat before the time of harvesting, he could lose his entire crop.
In like manner, God planted Christ on earth in the body of His Son, Jesus Christ. The world around us called us, ‘Christians’ first at Antioch, recognizing our difference from the rest of the world. They didn’t see our money or our real estate which today runs into trillions of dollars. What they saw was Jesus. We met publicly and from house to house (Acts 20:20) breaking bread and sharing the word of God almost every day.
Then, a Roman emperor by the name, Constantine, whose fruits you do well to learn , began to sow tares. He morphed God’s people systematically into a religion as he fashioned out a dichotomy of clergy and laity from a once harmonious structure of brethren meeting together as equals in Christ and ministering to each other as the Holy Ghost saw fit to manifest Himself. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says each one of us was given a gift of the Spirit for the common good.
Constantine replaced the warmth of church meeting in the home of a brother or sister (1 Corinthians 14:26) with theater-like basilicas; and then set Sunday as the day for worship among many other things.
It wasn’t that he did anything in open affront to the Body of Christ, no. But by the simple things he did, this Roman Emperor altered how we fellowship with God, even today. He monetized Christianity to the point where we created merchandise in forms of crucifixes, rosaries, pulpits, CDs and vestments for the clergy which from the beginning was not so.
He is the reason we refer to buildings, not ourselves as the Church in opposition to the Word of God. Constantine practically turned what we know today as Christianity from the race that God originally intended into a system of belief; a religion denominated in different organizations; Roman Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Pentecostal and so on.
For centuries , many of us have attended ‘church’ on Sunday based on Constantine’s bright ideas. Across the denominations, the ‘set’ we have called ‘church’ have been arrangements comprising a platform from where the clergy like actors play their roles while the docile laity watch and listen from the pews.
Many of us have starred in timeless remakes of this movie called, ‘church’ only to return to the normalcy of Monday through Saturday like a people bewitched.
Who has bewitched you to follow this legalism ?
‘That which every joint supplies’ is removed from the equation of our faith in direct dissonance with God’s original idea of Church. The Church as set up by God are a special race of people (1 Peter 2:9), God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16), living stones built into a spiritual house of God (1 Peter 2:4–5).
We don’t go to the ‘house of God’ as Constantine has had us, we are the house of God. And if so, how then can God’s house be sick, poor or afflicted?
As harvesting time approaches, there are indications that the Lord would have these truths unraveled and the tares exposed.
Research the Bible and Christian history if in doubt of the things I have shared. And let us engage.
Peace be with your spirit.
Executing your God-given vision never takes forever even though it may take longer than your lifetime to fulfill. Quite typically, divine assignments are completed over the course of several generations.
This is why if your vision is as simple a cutting hair, you should start grooming a successor the very day you start. Don’t wait until you are old and grey, to appoint successors . That was what Jesus did.
Remove yourself from the place of self-doubt and pick someone or a few people that you can teach the things you know.
And maybe you don’t know what your vision in life is yet. That’s okay. I will be sharing my thoughts on how to learn your vision in the coming days. But first, what new things have you learnt in the past couple of days, weeks and months? Look for someone to teach them to. Let your life be a libation to God poured out in service to humanity because that’s what leadership is about.
Leadership is empowering others to empower others. You are a leader, if not, you won’t be reading this. That’s the reason God blesses you with opportunity, talent and even the lessons you get from time to time. It’s for you to empower others with so that they in turn can empower others as well.
Mentoring is an active sport so get out there and mentor someone today.
Have a great week!