THURSDAY 12TH JAN.,2017
TOPIC : SEE THEM AS GOD SEES THEM (2)
TEXT: 2 Corinthians 10:7 “Do you look on things after outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ, even so are we Christ’s…”
Paul makes it clear that there are qualities we haven’t yet discovered or discerned in some of the people around us. Most of our conclusions are based on limited and Often flawed information. God saw qualities in David his own family didn’ t recognise. To them he was just a boy. In fact, when he showed up at the battlefront and offered to fight Goliath, his oldest brother, Eliab, told him to go home and mind his own business. Yet within hours, David had killed Goliath and his name had become a household word in Israel. Joseph’s brothers resented the dream God had given him, and his father’s favour towards him. Nevertheless he went on to become prime minister of Egypt and ended up taking care of his entire family during a famine. The lesson in all of this is: Be careful how you treat people those who think are lesser than you.
Learn to over look outward appearances. Remember Ruth, a peasant girl gathering barley who went on to become the boss’s wife? Somebody like her may one day end up signing your pay cheque, so bless her and treat her well. Moreso, learn to look beyond the distraction of beauty. Remember Esther, and consider the fool Haman who underestimated the beautiful girl sitting beside the king. She knew something he didn’t; she had divine access to knowledge that would save her people and bring about Haman’s demise. It was just a matter of time. As a child of God that walks after the Spirit, we are admonished even in these times where the love of many is waxing cold to earnestly yearn to have the mind of Christ – His Spirit to help us discern His thoughts concerning anyone whether righteous or not. You never really know what’s taking place in someone else’s mind. So don ‘t be so quick to write them off – take another look!
Meditation: 1 Cor.2:14-17
Gen. 13; Matthew 12; Nehemiah 2; Acts 12