22nd October, 2017
Hymn of meditation
PH 451: A charge to keep I have; a God to glorify;
A never-dying soul to save and fit it for the sky
In Exodus 33:12-23, we see a discourse between God and Moses. Moses requested God to show him the way and also consider the Israelites as His people and God assured him that His presence will go with them at all times but Moses was not satisfied with that promise. He again requested that God shows him a sign that He’s always with them and also make the Israelites different from all other nations of the earth.
It is with this same notion that Peter also wrote that, Christians are a “chosen race, a peculiar people…” We are not ‘somebody for somebody sake’, we are special in God’s sight. Our lives should always reflect what God expects of his chosen race; wherever we find ourselves, we should always lead the way as the light and salt of the earth.
In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, he mentioned that “the Gospel did not come to you in word only…” Just as they received the Word, we have also received and are expected to live in that light. Can it be said of us by our actions wherever we go that, we have truly received the word? Can we be called the light of the world? What impact are we making at work, home and in the community at large?
Our Christian identity should not only be visible when spotted in our church uniforms or at church during service but more in our behavior and conduct outside the church environs. “Be imitators of Jesus Christ”
In Matthew 22, the Pharisees intentionally sent people to trap Jesus but He revealed His supremacy over their thoughts and intentions: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar”.
We have been called out of the world, called from darkness into light but we’re not taken away from the world. We must therefore continuously contribute to the needs of society. We must pay our dues in society (pay taxes etc.) when you collect taxes as an official, the money should go to the appropriate quarters and be used for the intended purpose. Do not unlawfully take anything you have not worked for. Don’t accept or give bribes.
We are to help our fellow humans (be your brother’s keeper). Your actions should not have adverse effect on others. True Christians do not dispose of garbage indiscriminately; “Cleanliness is next to godliness”. We have a greater responsibility in the communities we find ourselves, participating in corporate programmes, clean-up campaigns etc. Merely praying without actively and proactively ensuring a safe and clean environment, living according to the rules and regulations will amount to nothing. We must not wait until lives are lost before implementing safety measures and laws that will help us and the environment. Always ask yourself, how would my actions affect my fellow brother or sister?
Reading the scripture should rather make us more responsible in society, to work and maintain it for the future generation.
We must be punctual at work, active and give value for the salary we collect. Bribery and corruption should be far from us no matter the circumstances surrounding us. May we be active in society. Our success as Christians should not only be in spiritual activities but should be all-round, just like the Israelites.
May God give us insight into our responsibilities in the society and may we, by our roles and actions in society be seen as a peculiar people.