Friday, 28 January 2022
“But the LORD told him, “Samuel, don’t think Eliab is the one just because he’s tall and handsome. He isn’t the one I’ve chosen. People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.” – 1 Samuel 16: 7 CEV
One of thee most painful things in Christianity is people who are refusing to change or be transformed. 2 Corinthians 5:17 talks about believers being new creations and putting off their former selves. With such a move of GOD in churches some are transformed and catapulted higher, while others in the same vicinity remain the same (untransformed). We always judge the Israelites on how GOD was always punishing them for being stiff-necked, yet some Christians refuse to let GOD work in them and through them. I use the word “refuse” because GOD has done his part to make sure that we thrive in the spirit (Phillipians 2:13 and 2 Peter 1:3). This is evident in the way we conduct ourselves when we are around other believers. For example, refusing to sit where ushers allocate you or refusing to park where security asks you to park. Also, not respecting the leader you are placed under or thinking that you know more than everyone else, and refusing to be corrected. Or believing that you can lead prayer better than the chosen vessel. These are but a few examples of how our pride deceives us every day. It’s in the small things that we do when people aren’t looking that expose/highlights our pride, not the Scriptures that we quote when everyone is around.
The church is like the house of Jesse where people are presented before the Spirit of the Lord. He then decides who is genuine and who is fake. Most of us might look like Eliab in that we know the right things to say and do to receive people’s admiration. We know the pertinent Scriptures and when to quote them. We may be handsome, eloquent, and impressing those around us yet the Spirit of the Lord has rejected us because our hearts are not right. If you notice in the above Scripture, 1 Samuel 17:7, GOD didn’t reject Eliab because He had already decided on David, but He rejected him because of his heart (this proves that he was not a faithful servant). Yet in the very same house (church) there is a skinny unimpressive herds boy whose heart is sold out for GOD. The same boy who may not know what John 3:16 is and where in the Bible it is (in keeping with the Prophecy that we received during the 7 Days Of Revival), yet this very same boy that the LORD has set apart for Himself, he is a remnant.
Christianity is very personal and your growth isn’t determined by what you do on the outside, but rather what you look like inwardly (and only GOD can see it). We can deceive everyone else (even ourselves) but we can’t deceive Jehovah. I can lead prayer and quote “heavy” Scriptures and people fall and get their breakthroughs, yet I remain the same person. At the same time, a quiet and humble boy serving tables encounters GOD for himself and people refer to him as “full of the Holy Spirit and power”(Acts 6:5).
I have to choose whether I’m one of the first seven sons of Jesse whom the LORD has rejected, or I choose to be the one everyone (even the father) has forgotten about yet the Creator of Heaven and Earth has decided to anoint. The choice is yours. What you do today will determine what GOD will say when you are called up and the final verdict is read. All I know is I am tired of being fake and I want the real thing. I also want to be caught up to the third Heaven to see and hear things that aren’t meant to be uttered (whether I’ll have a thorn later on is a topic for another day). I don’t want to be like Gehazi who missed his season to be transformed into a usable vessel and is now telling stories of the good old days that he didn’t partake in. It’s a matter of the myocardium (heart muscle). “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” Matthew 25:21 NIV.
Christianity is very personal and your growth isn’t determined by what you do on the outside, but rather what you look like inwardly