Reference Text: Acts 12:1-11

Acts 12:2,5 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

I recall the moment the senior house master back in my high school days vent his frustration at the behaviour of some students in these words: “if you push us to the wall, we will also push you into the bush”. Though this statement makes for a hearty laugh, it buttresses the popular saying which can be paraphrased as ‘you will witness true manliness when a person is pushed to their limit and seem to have nothing else to lose’.

Those words more often than not, will be a proven as true but must that always be our attitude? Must we allow ourselves to be bullied past breaking point before we fight back? The text read today suggests the possibility that believers in the days of the early church got serious only when Peter was also arrested hence one begins to wonder what they did before James’ demise. We see evidence of reactivity instead of proactivity.

Just like them, until a situation threatens our own peace of mind, we appear oblivious and nonchalant. We do nothing and only begin to put measures in place after our physical senses perceive the degree of danger that is on approach. These words may sound harsh, but they need to reach our ears so we adopt an alternative approach to be less reactive and more proactive.

The word of God says ‘we are not ignorant of the devices of our enemy’. If this is so, then given the information advantage, we are the ones who should be one step ahead at every moment. My dear, with the kind of battle we are engaged in, waiting to react to an opponents attack could mean a knock out for you. It is about time we took advantage of where we belong and the information at our disposal. Let us become proactive believers and not people who only wait till something happens before we react.

Remember # you have information to stay one step ahead, so use it.


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