WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2022
THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND MY LIFE
Scripture Reference: Matthew 25:1-13.
We are driven to a great extent by self-interest, and that is a very natural trait. We all have expectations of ourselves, personal goals, achievements, and desire to provide a comfortable lifestyle for ourselves and families, but we must not lose sight of the fact that we are ambassadors of Christ on earth.
As ambassadors of Jesus Christ, our lives must reflect and or reveal God’s glory. We are not called into a vacuum, where we can live anyhow, rather we have the mandate to live a Christ-like character. We could either be called wise or foolish as was in the account of the ten virgins depending on how well we are preparing to meet our master Jesus. The disciples did not call themselves Christians at Antioch, but by their lifestyle, the people did.
This reminds me of the community where I hail from. Teenage pregnancy, school dropouts and petty trading was the of the order of day. It was almost like a competition after completing Junior Secondary School. At a certain stage if a girl or boy does not have a lover or better still give birth, he or she is termed ‘John’, which means ‘a waste’. However, in this same community, parents referred me to their daughters. There were some I had to mentor, and to the glory of God, most of them now are successful in life.
Do we reveal the character of Christ at our work places, in our communities, in our homes, in our relationships and marriages? Are our lives reflecting the gospel we preach? Are we still abiding and or holding onto the principles of the kingdom of God? Do our daily activities make a difference for eternity? Questions such as these should be asked on daily basis as a check to put us on track for God.
Though we still strife to be more like Jesus because we’ve not attained perfection yet, we shouldn’t lose our focus on Christ as the centre of our lives. Just as the foolish virgins could not make it to the banquet, and Jude also reminding us of the Israelites who were destroyed by God due to unbelief. We could also be destroyed if we don’t live as wise but foolish Christians.
Prayer Guide: Father, in the mighty name of Jesus, may your Holy Spirit enable me to live a life worthy of your calling.
MEMORY VERSE FOR THIS WEEK: Luke 22:29 (NKJV) – “I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as my Father bestowed one upon me.”