July 27, 2012 Leave a comment
“And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?”
Jesus Christ in Luke 16:12
I used to watch the man of God’s child kick his way into their rental massionette in the neighborhood I grew up in. When he eventually moved on up by the grace of God, it was said that the house had positively rotted under the weight of he and his family. It was easy to criticize then, and honestly, sometimes now; but God has allowed me to see how like him, I am in many ways. Get me right; so far, I have had four landlords. My conscience is clear concerning the condition in which I lived and moved from their houses. I have this thing, about not allowing anyone else to see my filth, not allowing another to be involved in cleaning up things that come from me and mine. But lets talk more about things beyond rental property.
God was showing me, that caring for another’s involved everything that leads to family and community. Can you be trusted not to exploit, or gratify your hungers with something that belongs to another, when everyone else is doing it – or in most cases, when no one seems to be paying attention? In Kenya right now, we are going through the coldest months of the year. And believe me, the cold can set in anywhere and at anytime. Do you warm yourself by sneaking an embrace from those you have no right to? Other people’s spouses, potential spouses, their children, grandchildren – and perhaps reason to yourself that if they really cared about them, they would not let them out of their sight? A reasoning which, you and I would agree, that if someone else applied to our relations, would be far less than wise, and catalyse different kinds of madness from ourselves.
You have been trusting God for a friend, a spouse perhaps. How did you deal with the hearts that proffered your way in perceived but unrequited love and affection in the past? Did you play with others hearts and bodies, and now feel ready to settle and somehow cant find the perfect fit? Is perhaps your marriage or relationship plagued with perplexing intrigue and you wonder where it came from? Are your children, sisters or brothers perhaps struggling in their relationships? Think a minute, could it be similar to something you put another through in your past? You don’t have to love everyone who loves you back they way they do – but you can honor them even when being firm with them. You can say ‘no’ to advances from other people’s girl/boyfriends, spouses, children, grandchildren, protecting them from you and them, as a seed to your own bloodline.
What about other people’s children? Do you care? Children are children in all ages, and if they are not yours, they belong to another. The things we mete out on other peoples’s children, in terms of words, comments, excusing ourselves from not caring about them, from not getting involved when we witness their abuse – “it would take three hours to report this to the police and I just don’t have the time today”- have a way of coming back at us. And yet you go to God and ask for children.
We all have leaders, how have we cared for their leadership? Are we the circle of constant critics? Are we the ones that turn a blind eye to the vices those leaders that ‘are our own’ and turn up the fire on those that we view as ‘not our kind’? By the way, what is ‘your kind’? You have a boss perhaps, or supervise over a team of bosses – how have you injected your own integrity to supporting their leadership? When you note their weaknesses, what is it that you do about it? Is it easier to tell everyone who would listen about the cracks in their Armour, or are you the one who would work to cover and correct the errors in wisdom understanding that there are no perfect wo/men and that, the imperfect are often graced by God, to positions of leadership? You have been praying to ascend to leadership, how have you cared for the leaderships that God placed as an exam over you?
If you have been trusting God over something of your own; a leadership position, a job/business, spouse, House/home, child, privacy/secrets, relationships, clothes, money, property etc, you need to look and think about these profound words of Christ. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7.
The One to Whom you are pleading and hoping to get a breakthrough from, knows your heart, your mind, your motives and both your secret and not so secret activities. He will not be mocked. Today let us begin to humble ourselves in repentance and pray perhaps the psalmists prayer in Psalm 139
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.”
But if you have been a good custodian of other people’s concerns, both from yourself and other people, then God has this to say to you “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6
A word is enough for the wise…