Thou Art Worthy

I found myself wondering during the Christmas season why we praise and worship God. This question arose because I have heard so, so many times at prayer meetings or during praise sessions the charge to praise/worship the Lord because of x, y and z He has done for us. Being the end of the year, there was the usual emphasis on having stayed alive and ‘made it’….for which God is worthy of our praise. This implies to me, then, that if God didn’t do x, y or z for me, He is not worthy to be praised. In fact, this conclusion is driven home by how so many have modified the original lyrics of Wale Adenuga’s song ‘Today o’. In the original song, the lyrics are: Read more →

What kind of King?

We live in an age when Christians have moved from one extreme of being looked at as nonentities and fanatics to the other extreme of behaving like celebrities. Some pastors move around with security and convoys, completely inaccessible to the flock they are to shepherd. For many, it is an abomination to do menial jobs and to serve (apart from within the four walls of the church and in the view of the pastor, of course). We have allowed one thing which our God hates to take us over – pride.

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Self-assessment

As another year begins to wind down, different folks approach the last few weeks and days differently. Some focus on the expectations they had at the start of the year and launch a feverish attempt to ‘wrestle’ the things yet to be actualized from God’s hands before December 31st (regardless of whether or not He actually promised them these things or whether or not He gave them a timeline for their actualization). Some enter into a season of thanksgiving, focusing instead on the things God has done for them in the course of the year. Yet still, some take stock of the year to assess what they achieved in the year with a view to charting the course for the coming year.

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Lord, Lord

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
(Acts 2:36 NIV)

God, our Father, draws us to Himself by introducing us to Jesus – the Way, the Truth and the Life. We are invited to two levels of relationship with Jesus – that with Him as our Saviour and then as our Lord.

We come to Him initially as our Saviour when we realize that we are sinners condemned to life both now and for eternity in enmity with a holy God who loves us and has made a way for us to be forgiven of our sins and made acceptable to Him. As sinners, we come to our Saviour, Jesus, to be saved both from the bondage to sin and from the effects of sin in our lives. Read more →

Our hope

Yesterday, I was reminded about the enormity of God’s love for us….for me.

As we sang and cried out, “Holy, holy”, I marvelled at how such a holy God who dwells in unapproachable light and who clothes Himself with light loves us so much that He did all He could to make it possible for us to come close to Him. What indescribable love!

That wasn’t enough, apparently. The Holy Spirit wanted to make it really sink in so an old song by Amy Grant was sung – ‘In a little while’. The chorus goes thus:

In a little while, we’ll be with the Father
Can’t you see Him smile?
In a little while we’ll be home forever
In a while
We’re just here to learn to love Him
We’ll be home in just a little while

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Living without the worry of money

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”(Psalm 23:1, NKJV)

I can’t speak for the multi-millionaires, but generally speaking, I don’t think anybody is immune to the worry of money. There are those times when money is running out way before your next salary or business income is due; or when there is a need greater that what you can afford, especially if it’s a dire need with a deadline. The natural reaction is to worry about it. Sleep goes out of the window and the wheels in the brain start working overtime trying to find a solution……trying to answer the question: “How can I get some money now?” Money is the unit of exchange on this side of Heaven, so the more we have of it the better off we are. Right? Wrong!

I guess the bigger question is: Is it really about (having) money or about having our needs met?
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Who Owes Who?

There seems to be a general mindset among some Christians that because we have ‘given our lives to Christ’, He owes us. And what does He owe us? Well, every desire of our heart, of course! It is a sense of entitlement that needs to be addressed.

Let’s be honest. What is the one thing we all are entitled to?

That’s right…. death. Why?

“For the wages of sin is death,….” (Romans 6:23)

Yet Somebody died in our place so we could have life and that more abundantly. It would seem to me, then, that we are the ones who owe God. Even in instances where a human being saves another from death by jumping into the street to knock them out of harm’s way or rescuing them from a burning house or vehicle, the one who was saved feels eternally grateful and at the service of the saviour. How much more should we feel eternally grateful and eternally at the service of Christ who saved us from death both here and hereafter.

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