This is my 18th year “in the Lord” – which is basically nothing but a very charismatic-ky phrase for saying it’s been 18 years since my first real, personal encounter with our beautiful Lord Jesus.
Recently some people who are new “in the Lord”, barely one/two year old, babies so to speak, due some positional placing within our group, have been telling me what to do, giving me instructions & telling me their opinions on things.
I was finding it a bit frustrating to deal with. However our wonderful Lord showed me a couple of wonderful things:
(01) Humility, Humility, Humility.
Every lesson we ever learn should lead us closer into becoming what God originally designed for us to be – beings created in His image.
The first sin recorded according to timeline of the Bible, was the devil’s Pride. It was Jesus’ Humility that led Him to the Cross to save us.
Could it be that I was coming from a place of Pride? – “I’ve been here longer, so I know better than you”. Yes, nail on the head.
While counting the years we “are saved” is a super awesome way to celebrate anniversaries with Him, we should also guard that it doesn’t make us Pharisaical in the way we deal with others, especially those who are newer in the faith.
While we might possibly know more than these babes in the faith, the way we instruct them also shows whether we come from Pride or from truly desiring them to grow in Christ.
We shouldn’t however assume we always know better – let’s be aware that God reveals things to ‘children’ in the faith that He may not to us, if we consider ourselves “wise and learned” –
“Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” Mathew 11:25
(02) Don’t be Envious of God’s Generosity.
Last Sunday’s Gospel, speaking out to me:
“When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.’
But he answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?’ So the last shall be first, and the first last.” Mathew 20:1-16
Do I seek a higher reward because I’ve “been faithful” to God for so much longer than these little ones. Do I seek my reward in earthly titles, positions, honor? (The Prodigal Son’s ‘Elder Brother’ analogy works here too).
Do I realise how blessed I am to receive ANYTHING at all, despite who I am? In these years, if I admit it, it’s been GOD WHO HAS BEEN FAITHFUL to me always. And sadly the reverse has not always been true. So really, what I am grumbling about? Like David, I should be grateful even if I get to be a doorman in His House!
And (03) If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted
A secular principle that works just as well in the spiritual world!
The second God revealed His heart to me on the above two points, I was able to seek His forgiveness for the grumblings in my head and heart. He then also showed me His plan – through prayer & also confirmation in the natural as well — greater than I could expect and already in motion!
If I was to however stick at where I was, considering myself to be irreplaceable – I would not only get replaced (by someone better!) but also I wouldn’t be able to move up into my God ordained spiritual destiny.
Food for thought & lots of learning for me for the future. Hope it also helps you!
And an apology for all my seniors in the Lord, whom I’m sure I’ve been quite a pain to in the past. What goes around, comes around eh? :)