Monday, 7th May, 2018
Reference text : John 15:26-16:4
John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
The key features of a relay race are the baton changes and the continuity – in the same direction. It therefore made for a good laugh to watch a video of some young kids whose team were in an unassailable lead during a relay, only to lose in the end because the final team member run in the opposite direction to what was expected. In fact, such was the tenacity and focus in his race that he could hardly be stopped.
In his mind, he was in the right race and running towards the prize- sadly, that was not the reality. The statement made by Jesus: ‘any one who kills you will think that he does God a service’, is a rather deep description for the many who have a made up idea, rooted in their minds and are somehow convinced that they are actually doing that which God desires them to; when it isn’t the case.
Hence, with absolute dedication and unrelenting zeal, they pursue their agenda- Paul was one of such people.
However, he was busy only in the wrong places and it took a Revelation to set him on the right path. My dear, because you ‘think’ something is what God would want you doing, does not mean that is what He wants you doing. King David wanted to build a temple for God, but it wasn’t his to build, as God revealed to him through the Prophet Nathan.
Saint Paul also has some rather strong words for such people: ‘don’t be busy-bodies’,: people who expend all your energy into ventures for which they have not been commissioned (1 Tim 5:13). Sweetheart, you need to actually consider if indeed your reasons for doing that which you are, falls into the classification your assignment or it proceeds only out of a desire to feel needed. Think about these words.
Remember # do ensure that what you ‘think’ you ought to be doing, is actually what you God wants you doing.