When I look at my life… I really just have no words to even describe myself. If you could see the words coming out of my mouth… there would be blanks. Spaces where an adjective should go, but I could not find the word that my flesh is comfortable hearing. I should rather say that there are not words that I am accustomed to hearing. I know that I am who I am, but I have been taught to be humble and nor to think more or myself than I really ought. Couple that with loss and listening to lies about who I am in Christ, and you can get a person with issues with confidence and self-esteem. Rom. 12: (NLT) says “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
This is a scripture to keep Christians in our “place.” – Quiet, downtrodden, non-questioning, non-threatening, and poor. If we read the passage, Romans 12 tells us that how we should keep our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1). It speaks of the many gifts that God has given us, and that we should use them to encourage, serve, lead, teach, show kindness, love each other genuinely, and give generously to one another (Rom. 12:6). Even it says that our enemies we should treated honorably (Rom. 12:14-21).
So what does mean though? God gives us all abilities to serve the Kingdom and each other. We don’t have to be quiet, depressed, unsure or take a back seat because we are Christians. We have the right to be confident, bold and act like child of the King – with all rights and privileges. We have the right to be happy, and encourage others to be happy too. We have the right be leaders and lead well!! We have the right to speak of future, or God promised, things prophetically. And just as importantly, we have the right to have wealth. You can not give generously if you do not have anything to give.
This is the place the one where so many Christians stumble, trip, and fall. They are quick retreat to their old stand-by verse that they heard their grandmother or great grandmother say a hundred years ago: “Money is the root of all evil.” If we really read 1 Tim. 6:10 for ourselves, we would see that it says “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Sam. 15:29 says that God will not lie, nor change his mind. When God speaks, things happen. Things are created. Dreams, decisions, and destinies are set into motion. God has to speak again to even change the course of his own words. God spoke and gave us life. He spoke when he gave us gifts and special abilities. And if we remain faithful, then He will continue to speak on our behalf and create wealth, health, and opportunities that will advance both his kingdom and our lives!
Lord, I thank you for your word spoken. It brings life where is nothing. You are so in the details of our lives Lord. Speak Lord, for your servant wants to hear and see what you would have for me to do. In Jesus name. Amen
- Rom. 12:1-21
- 1 Tim. 6:10
- 1 Sam. 15:29
by: Craig C. Carlisle