Monday: 30th April, 2018
Reference text: Acts 14:1-18
Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
When people see others ‘doing well’ spiritually, frequently, they are accorded a superhuman status: one that is over and above the normal status any human could possess. The consequences of this is the realisation that all of a sudden, we forget that everybody remains human.
Paul and Barnabas found themselves in a similar bind when they were accorded ‘god-status’ with the people intent on offering sacrifices to them in spite of their vehement protests. Yet, it is Paul’s response that draws our attention to this crucial matter: ‘we are human beings with the same weaknesses as yours’. He was in effect saying these things you see us do, has nothing to do with the thought that we are more human than you are.
His words revealed a reason that the difference between them and others was that what was considered ‘weaknesses’, were not the deciding factor in the way they lived their lives. They had come to embrace a saviour who loved them with all He had, took them in, broken as they were, and restored them to a state of wellness and completeness. Their ‘weaknesses as human beings’ could therefore no longer be offered as an excuse.
My dear, there may have been moments when you have attempted to take stock of your own life and have found it riddled with many weak points: many attitudes or traits that appear to put you below par with everybody else you see climbing up the spiritual ladder in leaps and bounds. Never even consider that those ‘weaknesses’ disqualify you from drawing closer to God or doing great things for His glory
because even Peter and his Cohort, the disciples of old, were sought out by God as they were- your story will be no different.
Remember # weaknesses have never been accepted by God as an excuse for running away.