Man up, please Christians
It has become common place to marvel at the things said and done by our Christian leaders. It is now sadly becoming very common to hear Christian leaders, say things that are contrary to the one that they claim to be representing. This is expected of these times that we are living in; we are in a time of compromise. Biblical prophecy said a time like this would come, well here it is today. Man has become lover of self, as forewarned in 2 Timothy 3:2 which says, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…” As a result of this, many who claim to represent God are treading within the grey areas. They are afraid to speak the undiluted gospel, as it could potentially cost them their TV shows, their book deals or other financial and social benefits. In a more straight forward term, they no longer serve God fully. They serve him within their own time, within their own comfort zones. They have become lukewarm!
There are many things that can be attributed to this; greed, fear and immaturity among others. Some of these people have been thrust or have thrust themselves into men’s positions yet they are still infants. Within the confinements of their infancy, their behaviour is excusable. 1Corinthian 13:11 sums this up beautifully, “When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.” Sadly even though they have not matured they are in these positions of responsibility, and within the public eye. They still speak like a child and think like a child. They are yet to put their foolishness away! A child, though he/she may be heir will not ascend to the throne until they are deemed ready to do so.
Work should be of purpose
No matter what you do and how good you may be at it, if you do not have a purpose for it, its value depreciates. We ought to learn to work with a purpose in mind, being always mindful of who or what we do it for. For this reason it deeply saddens me when some men who claim to be of God; prophets seek prominence for predicting football results. What is the purpose of this gifting of prophecy? It is to edify the body of Christ. If your talent or gift does not build the kingdom of God, it is attempting to destroy it. There is no grey area here, you are either for or against.
Christians are so gullible
We as Christians are often taken advantage of by men’s greed because of our own impatience and an unadmitted desire to force the hand of God. This is the reason we see more and more churches being built, built on false promises that have no intentions of glorifying God. Masses are being duped of their hard earned wealth, in an effort to “appease” God if I may use that term. God is not seeking to be appeased; he doesn’t want your money. He wants to build a great personal relationship with his bride. More than anything your focus as a believer should be on the groom and not those presenting themselves to you as his supposed “best man”. Have we not been warned? The bible which is the word of God warns of these times that we are living in. Warns that many will come in his name, but not for him! We need to man up and open our eyes to these things. Forewarned is forearmed!
The issue with boys taking up the posts of men is that there is stagnancy. Brethren, you cannot run any faster than the one who’s leading you. Choose who you follow very wisely. Men will seek to run at God’s pace but the boy in front of them will hold them all back. It is time to take your eyes off man and onto God himself. Ladies and gentlemen it is a time of war, let us man up please
False and immature
A good friend of mine rightly pointed out that there is a very thin line between falsehood and immaturity. We need to learn to recognise the two. Recognition of these will determine our approach in reaching out to these people. Some have simply been put into the deep end where they are not ready to swim as yet, not that they will never be ready. These need to be pulled back and mentored by more mature believers. Others have been misled, they preach what is false because they have not learned from God’s word but from the word of such and such a preacher or pastor. These also need to be pulled back softly and gently shown the correct path. There are also others who are on the wrong path and they know they are; some of these have become hard hearted and not open to correction. For these all we can do is pray.
It is time that we stopped being critics and started being our brother’s keeper. If I am off course, show me where I am going wrong. If I refuse to listen then it’s on me. However our generation is full of people who rush to criticise publicly, perhaps with an aim of being credited for this. However we are not winning by showing others’ flaws in public, we need to learn to correct private and attempt to redeem and not ridicule. Once ridiculed individuals shut themselves to reason, thus cutting off the possibility of redemption. That’s a win for the enemy. We need to grow up, as some of our pastors need to too!! It’s time to man up!
Take a knee:
Dear heavenly father. All honour and glory is you. We thank you for reminding us that we are called for greater things. Teach us to fulfil our mandate of reconciliation. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen