They Lived For Us
It was precisely in the afternoon of 24th March, 2011. On completion of an interesting assignment that was successful, I, in company of a pastor friend, visited a Minister of God who operates Redemption Guest Inn in Ibadan. As soon as we joined him in one of the rooms, before sitting down, a thought entered into my heart that becomes the title of this write –up: They Lived For Us.
As I was ruminating over this four-word sentence, many questions were asked by me that the Lord helped me to clarify. Then I had a rest of mind.
Not long after, our discussion touched the ungodly deeds of some servants of God, many of whom passed on in their transgression. It was then that I knew the reason why the Lord allowed the sentence to cross my mind. My contribution on that day centered on those words alone.
When we read about Bible Characters, there is every tendency that we become judgmental. We condemn them when we note their misdeeds. That’s man by nature. According to the scriptures, they went through their different experiences because of you and me.
This is in line with the title of this write up, They Lived for us. Apostle Paul has these to say to all Christians today,
“Moreover brethren, I would not that ye be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea.
And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
And did all eat the same spiritual meat,
And did all drink the same spiritual drink for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were over thrown in the wilderness.
Now these things were for our own examples, to the internet we should not lust after evil things, as, they also lusted” I Corinthians 10:1-6 (King James Version) a careful look at the lives of those who displeased God reveals that they all had the right spiritual experiences. They were known as people of God. They lived a life of people of God. They enjoyed all the benefits that were exclusively for the people of God. God was ever faithful to them but they were not consistent in their faithfulness to God.
These groups of persons that failed to please God are bad examples to follow.
For this reason, Apostle Paul advices us, all Christians, not to
“Lust after evil things as they also lusted”.
He went further to advice us to avoid idol worshiping, fornication, tempting Christ and murmuring.
It will be wise on our part to heed the Apostle’s wise counsel for our own advantage now and in eternity. Those that we read about in the Bible with whom God was angry went through that “university of hard knocks” that they may be our good teachers in the pages of the scriptures to know the right to do and the wrong thing to avoid. Apostle Paul concludes in verses eleven and twelve thus,
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensample: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”.
Do you agree that it is the thought that we stand right better with God that make us judges over those we read about in the Bible? It is the same thought of “I’m better” that makes us condemn those around us that we know are caught in one sin or another.
Therefore, let us all take heed that we may not fail anytime an evil thought of condemnation rears its ugly head in our hearts. Whenever you hear or read about anything negative about any person, pray for him or her. Pray for yourself that you fail not.
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Oh that band of witnesses! May we all run our race with that fervor in our hearts and spirits. ~shalom