Taking Part

Taking Part

31. JCH6: 36-59

CHRIST was explaining the dynamics of His works and responsibilities to people in order to apprise them of what GOD has sent HIM to do. Even CHRIST who is GOD had His work description laid out for HIM. HE made it clear that His source of living was from GOD and the reason for living must be lived out as planned by the ONE who gives Life.

DAVIDIC LEADERSHIP: Equity and Equality

1Samuel 30: 21-25

On the path of leadership, it must be known and understood that strength and responsibility should not be mistaken for one another. Having strength is one thing and having a willing heart is another . . . A man who has both is blessed!

This is where equity comes in: every man must be given work to do according to his strength.

This is where equality comes in: every man is seen as responsible based on the faithfulness in diligently doing the work given/assigned to him.

David knew this and would not let the “strong” have dominion over the “weak”. Even God gives us work to do according to our faith in HIM (i.e. stature). But in the end, what HE delights to see is that the Status and Stature are growing together inseparably.



1Samuel 19:18-24; 22: 1-4; 1Chronicles 11:15-16

After being alone with God and He has set our feet on the path that we must tread, there would always be a *place* assigned. Even though the true place is of the heart of man and of God, there is need for a physical representation where the atmosphere is conditioned by God’s presence.

For David, the place was the Cave of Adullam where he tarried till his people gathered around him for the journey . . . People that were just like him and perhaps worse. What made him their commander was his sense of direction and the provisions he received from God. These were what qualified him to be a leader (someone who has gone ahead to do what others are expected to do).

The place is not a place for those who are not part of one’s journey of leadership . . . The place is where focus is placed on how to successful complete the journey.

Initially, Cave of Adullam was a place for refuge and gathering for David but later turned out to be the place where victory is assured. There is always something special and unique about God’s designated place for a man on the path of leadership.

For Samuel, the place was Naioth in Ramah where Saul and his army prophesied against their wish to capture David and anyone who would dare to defend him. And as a leader like Samuel, David also found his place of refuge, gathering and victory. The True Place is our position in God’s heart and vice versa. And it is our position that facilitates True Victory the LORD desires for everyone.

The place is where grooming begins; where the leader begins to relate to his company what God has given (or relating to) him for the journey yet to be completed. It is where the purpose of God is broken down for the purpose of understanding and most times it must be efficiently backed up by affections.

If you are on the path to leadership, seek GOD’s heart take abode there in, open your heart too and let HIM come . . . Then HE would by HIMSELF lead you that Place HE has prepared for your Refuge, Gathering, Grooming and Victory.


Epistle of the Heart

2 Corinthians 3: 2-3

Jesus warned that no one should covet being a teacher. This is because according to Jesus, a teacher is meant to teach the people the ways and laws of God and His Kingdom; expounding mysteries for the sake of facilitating understanding in the hearts of disciples of CHRIST. So if a teacher teaches wrongly, he would be responsible for misleading people and ultimately generations that are yet to exist if the recipients do not unlearn.

If a teacher’s destination is the heart of the people, then we should fear by not taking the responsibility lightly. Most importantly, the heart of a teacher is the first point of notice. His heart would determine what would come out to the people and find place in their hearts. According to Paul’s inspired letter, the teacher’s heart would determine the lifestyle of the learners or students . . . The students’ lives would take form out of the abundance of his heart. The focus would not necessarily be the content of what has been said but the spirit from which the contents emerge from. This is because it is possible to concoct messages and contents according to the calculated mind without giving attention to the heart (the spirit) but this would not stop the heart from releasing its issues with the words that are coming out of the mouth.

What is in the heart/spirit of the teacher? Is it accumulation of experiences and knowledge outside God that has blended with the amount of God’s virtue that is also present? Are the words we speak merely take roots from the letters that have been read and studied cerebrally while the real words are embedded in the spirit that is responsible for voicing these cerebral words out? How come students/learners/disciples tend to do contrary to what the teacher teaches/preaches vehemently?

Although the students are responsible for either rejecting or accepting the spoken words, teachers should nevertheless, always endeavour to speak from the heart that is connected to the heart of the Father in Heaven. The teachers must endeavour to be faithful and devoted students to the Holy Spirit so that He can imprint in and upon their hearts true Words and Laws of God so that when they speak, they speak from the abundance of God in their hearts.

What will exonerate teachers from the shortcomings of the students would be the embodiment of the epistle of CHRIST they have been given to teach or preach . . .


Life is a School

Many students talk about life after school; about what life holds for them after being tutored for some particular number of years.

In my own life after school, I have found out that life itself is a school and what we generally refer to as school is part of life which is the ultimate learning environment.

Whatever we learn in school are like windows for each student to picture the reality of what life is all about . . . For example, as Law is studied or practiced for the purpose of restoring/maintaining peace and order in a society, Medicine is also studied or practiced for the purpose of restoring/maintaining peace and order in the biological system of man.

Whatever we learn in our different fields of study can be applied to issues of life by means of extrapolation. Every body is a philosopher if we all observe diligently.

We must also know that education is about who we become rather than what we have or become. And in the education that life proffers, there are things/issues that are non-negotiable if we want to be what we are made to be.

Let us take a journey into the subjects-courses of life:

1. Law and Responsibility: Matthew 11: 28-30

Whenever there is law, responsibilities must be taken up by people to uphold the law. Now that you are alive (accepted the Law of life). what is/are your responsibility(ies) for being alive?

CHRIST can give you HIS Law and Responsibility. HE will give you your own little piece of bread out of the whole lump.

2. Probability and Potentiality: Matthew13:8; Genesis 2:15-17

A man of responsibility would soon discover what he is supposed to do to uphold the Law of life . . . Very soon he would leave the realm of probability to that if potentiality. The individual would have passed from asking “is this right or wrong for me?”, “Do I need to venture into this business or not?” to “How well things should be done”

3. Emotion and Intelligence: Matthew22:36-40; Psalms 19:7a

Emotion deals with what you feel while intelligence deals with you think based on how you feel . . . The two elements are from the same source – The Soul but many times we have been taught to believe that they work separately and indecently if each other.

Productivity of one’s responsibility depends on how well he can process the information (emotion) he revives from the environment for the benefit of people around him – and that is intelligence.

If our works would have life i.e function to solve genuine problems, the two must work together. And for our works to have eternal value and solve genuine problems that only GOD has answers to, we must let HIS Word determine what we feel and what we think.

4. Compassion and Resources: Matthew 14:14; Matthew 15:32

A passionate heart does things because he loves to but a compassionate heart is given to how well his passion has helped others. A compassionate heart is given to feedback . . .

It is the willingness to actually affect lives that naturally gives way to opened doors of resources but the ability to administer these rightly will show how compassionate we really are . . . This means that after we must have found reason to live, are we passionate or compassionate about it? Are we discovering ourselves just to improve ourselves only or to improve lives of people around us?

5. Possessors and Possessions: Matthew 19:16-22

A possessed man is not only a man that is possessed by someone or something; he is also a man who possesses someone or something. If we claim and boast of possessions that we possess, we must also know that these possessions are also our possessors. As we gain control of things and people, they will in turn shape our thoughts and manners.

What we must possess is not a matter of what but who. And this possession is the Life we discovered in CHRIST from the beginning. The moment we choose something to pursue or seek, the same thing becomes what would determine how our life goes . . .

6. Prodigy and Pedigree: Matthew7:21-27; Genesis1:26-27

Prodigy has to do with having exceptional skills and abilities while pedigree is defined as one’s lineage or the record of what a man has accompanies hand how he accomplished them.

Whatever pedigree a man has from himself all started with his prodigy. Pedigree would be a record of how well he has used his innate abilities or acquired skills.

When all is said and done, and we are are faced with the test of times, then we would know those who have lived a lie or truth. Whenever our experiences are collated and summed up together, it would be said if all our prodigies foster are lies or truth!

7. Salt and Light: Matthew5:13-16; Matthew6:30-33

Many people would probably ask “How can all these things be?”. It all seems complicated . . . Some might think. But in the contrary, they can all be summed into two realms: salt and light!

The salt realm of life begins when the little you know or have us adding value to another man’s life in pursuit of his purpose. Even though you seem unnoticeable, your input is key in the person’s attainment of a particular thing.

This starts from solving people’s problem even when you are not getting credit for is as you should. In this realm, you will feel used and unnoticed sometimes but such is life . . .

As you begin to gather strength to move into the realm of shining your light, your shining would not cause discomforting glare in people’s eyes. As you eventually shine, they ready have light bearers who they have encountered during your time in the salt realm. These people be the ones to bear your light before people without necessarily decreasing your intensity.

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Whatever we are meant to be is already defined in GOD. The ultimate education is our walk with GOD in order to attain the life HE has purposes for us.

Find GOD! HE is the only ONE who knows what you are here to do and who you are here to become!

Peace To The Wise!

Yoke and Burden

In Matthew 11: 28, JESUS was talking about giving us rest. But HE made it clear that the rest HE promised can only be attained if we accept HIS yoke and burden.

What then is the yoke and what is the burden?

When two animals are yoked together, it is for the purpose of doing a defined work on the field. And for this work to be a success, both animals must agree.

In any system, there is always yoke and burden in form of laws and responsibilities. If you accept the laws (yoke) of Nigeria, the question would be what are your responsibilities in the confines of these laws? Are you fulfilling the laws as a lawyer or as a banker or engineer? What makes you a bona fide citizen or a patriot is your role in enforcing these laws according to your profession or engagements.

The same goes for our lives in CHRIST! The Law of The Spirit is what yokes us with CHRIST and the responsibilities (purpose) assigned to us in order to enforce this Law on earth are the burdens. The question every one must ask is now that I am yoked with CHRIST, what is my burden? What am I meant to carry? What am I saved to do?!

JESUS was not going to save us from the yoke and burden of pharaoh/egypt just to be dormant in HIM/Canaan. What He said was that the kind of yoke and burden HE has in mind for us in Canaan is rest compared to what pharaoh is offering in egypt.

Yoking with CHRIST and carrying HIS burden do not guarantee our rest if we are not submissive to HIM.

Since HE is the ‘Strong One’, most of the burdens would be carried by HIM so the burden is LIGHT!

Since HE is the ‘Strong One’, moving while HE is staying and staying while HE is moving would only cause damage to us (‘weak ones’). The yoke will only be EASY if we do exactly what HE does!

Peace To The Wise!