MY FOOD IS TO DO THE WILL OF MY FATHER…….

‘MY FOOD IS TO DO THE WILL OF HIM WHO SENT ME…….’
Why don’t we Christians always take chances to witness when we get an opportunity? Well I tried thinking through some of the possible reasons and came up with the following;
• We are busy; the ‘rushy’ kind of lifestyle we have adopted in the post-modern era denies us time to check out on our surrounding. I bet even the governments ‘nyumba kumi’ initiative has/is facing this as a challenge.
• Being in a high-tech era has also denied us putting aside time and energy for nourishing human relationships. Actually the people far away seem to be closer, at the expense of those physically close. For instance, a person could be in the sitting room with their family members and fail to talk with them while in constant communication with ten friends miles away through whatsapp. (Of course the positives of globalization don’t go unnoticed).
• We have a variety of motivations to encourage us face every day. It could be money, family, career advancement etc. there could be a clash on the motivations, and more so forget the number one expectation from God; reaching out.
• We could also be just merely selfish, and our neighbors’ welfare isn’t any of our business.

‘Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for they are a kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and His worshippers must worship in Spirit and in truth.’ John 4:23-24.
A story is told of a Samaritan woman that found Jesus at the well. He asked her for water but she hesitated reasoning that Jews and Samaritans dint associate with each other. However the men Jesus dint seem to be bothered by that, and went ahead to strike a conversation between Him and the woman. He seemed to know so much about the woman’s life, something that leaves the woman amazed. We can drive out some observations from this story;
• Jesus went unconventional by associating with a Samaritan (irregardless of the fact that Samaritans and Jews dint associate freely). Besides that the woman was a prostitute.
• It was no longer about being Jew or Samaritan; Jesus seemed to describe people as the ‘True Worshippers’ who the Father is seeking.
• It was also no longer about where the people met to fellowship, whether in Jerusalem or on the mountains but rather worshippers worshipping the Father in truth and in Spirit. Jesus seemed to be interested in a peoples condition of the heart, rather than where they met (physical place) or their tribe (Jew or Samaritan or any other group of people).
• Jesus is quite conscious of the environment, the well. He speaks to the Samaritan woman concerning the water of the well (which doesn’t quench the thirst completely one will always get thirsty again), and of a source of living water that would lead to a spring of water that would well up to eternal life.
After that encounter the Samaritan woman actually left her jar of water and went out and told people of how she had met Christ, that could even have added onto the number who believed in Jesus that day.
We definitely have a role to play in ensuring the presence of true worshippers who will worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. God has entrusted us with the Gospel, and there’s a harvest to it: bringing onboard many more true worshippers of our Father. He will be with us to the end of time, we aren’t alone!
Opportunities aren’t over yet of witnessing. Some of which include;
• The digital platform avenues such as whatsapp, emails, Facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.
• Our work mates at our places of work.
• Our neighbors at home.
• That neighbor, conductor or driver in the matatu.
• Etcetera……..there can’t seem to be an end to opportunities of witnessing.
Have a great week ahead as we deliberate on taking opportunities to witness.

THE LORD HAS DONE THIS, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES.

Psalm 118:22-23, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.’
I had a ‘Eureka’ moment when I read this Psalm just recently. I have read and heard it quoted before but my very recent encounter with it got me into a new mode of reverence on who God is, and His love, mercy and grace.
We(I) have gotten into quoting of the marvel when things go well with us(me) like passing exams, signing a business deal, getting promoted, getting married, etc. But wait a minute…., is that all there is to marvel about? The Psalm is full of prophesies about the Savior who was to come and particularly Psalm 118:22 ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;’ and it came to pass by the coming of Christ from David’s lineage, the rejection by the Pharisees and teachers of Law and even by the Jews themselves and yet He was the Savior the early prophesies talked off…..
• Now isn’t marvelous that Christ died for all? He was made to be sin (He who had no sin), that in Him we might become the righteousness of God? 2nd Corinthians 5:21.
• Justice demanded death for us over our sins, isn’t it marvelous that Christ reconciled us to God through Himself such that we through Him are now are a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come?
• Isn’t it marvelous that through Christ we have the assurance of eternal life, not through our deeds that anyone should boast but through Christ’s grace? 1st John 5:11-12.
Christ’s love to mankind is unimaginable and not equitable to any other thing. I echo the psalmist’s words in Psalms 136, there is every reason to marvel at the Lord’s nature, a God of SALVATION. The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes…..

MAY GOD’S WILL PREVAIL

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Often as I pray I say ‘may you…r will prevail’. Now thinking about it, do I really mean that when I say it?

Now from the above verses, it’s quite clear that there are God’s thoughts, and there are our thoughts. And in a way, there is a way that would seem good to us as human beings, but not be good at all instead would lead to death. This may mean that man alone can’t be trusted! From Jeremiah 17:9-10, we see that the heart of man is deceitful above all things BUT the Lord searches it and is able to examine it. That spells out the condition of man, and God’s ability to examine it being the Creator.
So whats God’s will for mankind? God desires that all men would know Him, and accept His invitation to get reconciled to Him. At times we/I really desire to have God’s will done. But other times, we/I shelf God’s will and invest in our own wills…..until probably another sermon to remind me. Its only in Christ that we can get access to God’s mind even the deepest things of God through the Spirit, 1st Corinthians 2:10.

So its evident God’s will is for man to be saved through Christ. Thereafter, we can always be ready to confess that we no longer live but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20).
So today as we/I pray, remember to allow God’s will to prevail, for I no longer live…….

God bless, and may GOD’S WILL PREVAIL