Wednesday : 25th April, 2018
Reference text : 1 Peter 5:5-14
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
We can use the title ‘part-time’ to describe a number of jobs regardless of the field. Hence you could hear things along the line of ‘I teach or paint part-time’. However, there are some positions to which that classification should never be applicable because it calls for trouble. One classical example, being a real Christian : this cannot be a part-time job. It is a 24 hour-365 days a year schedule that must be followed with clear coordination.
When you get drunk, not just with alcohol but also with everything else: drunk with worry, anger, pain, disappointment and bitterness; you begin to tread on thin ice. Thus, you are more likely to become prey since your senses and coordination are impaired. In such a state, it is very easy to walk unaware unto the path of a hungry predator with the associated consequences not being pleasant.
My dear, our adversary is on a full time job that comes without holidays and breaks, hence we also do not have the luxury of doing the same, at least not in the spiritual sense. We cannot don our position of ‘Christian’ only at convenient moments or when we stand a chance of gaining something from it. We ought to be staying sober and on the look out! But this appears more difficult when we are often drunk for a multitude of reasons.
Here lies Peter’s response: ‘unload all your worries on God, since He is looking after you’. Beloved, for all those situations that aren’t keeping you sober, God wants to take them all so you can stay alert. In truth, what he wants you to acknowledge and come to the realisation of is the fact that He has already borne them, and you just need to remember that you have no heavy weight on your shoulders so you can start living as a full-time believer.
Remember # being a real ‘Christian’ isn’t a part time job, it is FULL-TIME with no breaks.