Friday, 22 August 2014

My reign

God called us to win souls and to make disciples for Him, but there are people who want to win others for themselves. They have the following thought: "I will increase my reign, it doesn’t matter who will come after and  replace me. While I’m in this church, I will care about the success of my reign”.

We have a good example of someone who acted in this fleshy way in the Bible, Absalom; he wanted to win the people for himself, therefore he caused great destruction among the people of Israel.

He wasn’t really worried about the welfare of the people, he wanted to usurp the kingdom of his father David; he was thinking about himself, he didn’t think about the people at any moment.
To make things worse, he would instigate people against the king by telling them that the king didn’t care about them, and isn’t that what we still see today?

There’s a lot of people living like this; they think about themselves in everything they do, in their success, in being loved and admired by people; however, they don’t bother to bring people closer to God, to have love and admiration for Him.
And this applies to everyone, not only to those who serve on the altar.

Read very carefully, it's very strong:

“Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit came to the king for a decision, that Absalom would call to him and say, “What city are you from?” And he would say, “Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Israel.”
Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you.”
Moreover Absalom would say, “Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him a justice.”
And so it was, whenever anyone came near to bow down to him, that he would put out his hand and take him and kiss him.
In this manner Absalom acted toward all Israel who came to the king for judgement. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.” 2 Samuel 15:2-6

Leave your opinion in the comments.


Anonymous said...

This is so serious that it has made take a very deep look on my heart. I need to seek the direction and my mind has to of God. I can see that it is easy to want to be adored and glorified by people like satan did this why he was cast down. The sin of pride is truly dangerous.

Mbalee B said...

Good day Mrs Tania

Thank you so much for sharing this. I agree it's not just those who serve on the altar who go through this, it goes as far as youth members. I often tell myself and friends; that when people see us, they need to want to go to the Father, they need to yearn to know Him, after counselling anybody that person has to be assured that the One who is the answer is the Father. We need to be like John who prepared the way for Jesus, for people to know Him, not how Holy we are or how many people we brought or are discipling.

The example of Absalom you gave is so profound, this reminds me to keep watch and to examine my thoughts and objectives.

Thank you again.

NaLee Gabriella said...

When we serve God, we should not serve with the intention to benefit us. After all we say everyday its to glorify His name but when we serve to become someones favourite etc its like we are basically glorifying ourselves.

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