One of God’s promises to the Seed of Abraham was that he was to be head and not tail-above only; never beneath-in this life. To the Jews who claim this promise, this has been true. Many Jewish families coming to America from Europe in the 1940s came with about $8. Today, Jews in America are difficult not notice because they are at the helm of American politics, science & tech, business, media and sports. You may not find many Jewish actors but the film directors and producers are almost always Jewish. The sport club owners, the venture capitalists and the hegemony of Wall Street. They too are almost all Jews.
Because of a conditional promise in Deuteronomy 28:13 says,
‘If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.’
The Jews, as we know, have not always kept their part of the bargain otherwise, Jesus would not have had to come and pay the penalty for their failings.
But God is ever faithful. The Bible says He is faithful even when we aren’t (2 Timothy 2:13) and that, God gives without changing His mind (Romans 11:29).
And so, we see the Jew excel in this world. He excels with this promissory note of God; the same promise whose terms have now been satisfied by Jesus Christ and credited to our account.
The Bible says we who are Christ’s are Abraham’s Seed and heirs based on the promise (Galatians 3:29). Every benefit God committed to perform when He entered into a contractual agreement with Israel belongs to us in Christ because Jesus satisfied the demands of the contract. And so the headship belongs to you and I who are born again.
This headship is what was working in Joseph that took him for the pit to the palace in a short span of time. It worked for David; taking him for tending sheep to leading a nation. It worked in Jesus when He took on lowly flesh, went to hell and sacked the place. He was raised the third day and today, He seats at the helm of everything…with you seated together.
You are the head. It is your place in Christ Jesus, and this isn’t something to be superspiritual about. Headship means leadership. And because of this gift that you now have, there can be no dispute to you place among men.
You are the head and not the tail, above only and never beneath.
But then, it doesn’t happen as planned and we are tempted to get offended. Don’t!
In that hour, it is time to worship God; to recognize that God’s love for you cannot fail; to reaffirm in your heart your unwavering trust in the love that God has for you.
The Bible declares that we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Faith may fail according to the Bible but God’s love for you never fails.
Never question God’s love for you! Worship Him, don’t complain…
Yesterday, I posted about how hurt is a vicious cycle and why we need to take personal responsibility for ending hurt on ourselves, whether we are at the giving or receiving end of it. If you didn’t see it, I think you should first. Continue reading “Hurt: Ending the Vicious Cycle With Love”
Very often I hear people discredit themselves based on where they are in life in comparison to the achievements of others. Now, don’t get me wrong, competition—healthy competition—is good. It is a good thing to look out at what others are accomplishing mindful of the fact that each of us is one of a kind. And irrespective of your lack of experience or credentials, if that’s your case, you were put here for something extraordinary.
So don’t discredit yourself, thinking you are nobody. Think about the positive aspects of your life; the important people whose attention you command; the relationships you have; the gifting you have been blessed with and those things you do so effortlessly.
There is a higher purpose to your life that way more that chasing after stuff; fancy cars, a nice house and money in the bank. If you really think introspectively, you’d realise that you were born in some way, to change the world; to push the limits of something that now is and has been in place for a while. And even if it isn’t a change-the- whole-world calling that you have, you are here to change someone’s world. It is this intuitive flame in you that you must not douse with self-doubt.
I like to end this piece with a conversation from a favourite movie of mine, The Great Debaters, between debate-coach Melvin B. Tolson (played by Denzel Washington) and his student, Hamilton Burgess (played by Jermain Williams):
Mr. Tolson trying to correct Hamilton’s self-bashing asked, ‘Would you punch yourself in a street fight, Mr. Burgess?’
‘No sir,’ the young man replied.
‘Then don’t punch yourself in a word fight.’ Melvin blurted, ‘You don’t have to make fun of yourself. Use your humor against your opponent.’
So my final thoughts to you would be: Be challenged by others. Work on becoming, not on having and please, never punch yourself in the face.