Monday 6 February 2017

A Tale of Two Lives

What a week it has been; I had to say goodbye to a very important phase of my life (as well as my old laptop) and move into a new phase. For our dear readers, this is the first article I have typed on my "new" laptop. For the sake of its age and importance I think I’ll name him "Optimus Prime". It’s 4:27 am on a Saturday morning, most of my neighbours would be asleep but not Sage. Sage does not sleep at night, at night, he sees the Sun and gets down to work as it is then I'm most energetic. Part of getting used to my new but old laptop is that the auto-correct functions will take a while to kick in . . . sigh. So here I am at 4:27 am, hunched over my laptop, jamming Travis Greene and Tye Tribbett in order to deliver the post for the week. The Holy Spirit has a way of dropping messages in my heart that hit me hard. Consider these scenarios:
  1. As a child, our parents would lay out rules and regulations by which we must abide or face the risk of the legendary "Pankere" [a wooden cane] (Please, what does Pankere mean and who invented the name Pankere? These are serious questions) . . . Mehn! Was it painful. Then imagine that just a few minutes after laying out all these rules and regulations you see them breaking them? How would you feel? I won’t ask what you would say....who born monkey pikin to correct him mama or papa.
  2. Imagine if a portion of the Bible documented that Jesus lied to His parents despite preaching the necessity of the truth. How would you feel?
  3. Or imagine catching your Pastor in the red light district (my Christmas lights are actually elicited the weirdest response from a guest once, that is a story for another day). How would you feel?

Well my guess is as good as yours, you would label them hypocrites and if you find it difficult to trust people once they’ve broken it, like myself, that is most likely the end of the relationship. Let's see that the scriptures say in Luke 6:41-42:

"And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye."

As children of God, it is important to live a life that does not dilute the word with the world. Why? Have you ever been faced with a situation in where you went out to evangelise or were preaching to an old friend of yours and the person laughed in your face, asked you to drop the act and then proceeded to invite you drink alcohol or chase babes? That would be awkward wouldn’t it? Well it is important that we ensure we do not have any log of wood in our eyes so that we may be able to go out to the world and remove the speck of dust from the eyes of others. We have been called to be the salt of the world and to lead others to the kingdom of heaven. We have been called a chosen generation, a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). 

The charge therefore as we go into this new week is to evaluate our lives, ask God for forgiveness in the areas in which we have been hypocritical (I know I have been hypocritical in different areas of my life) and begin to make the necessary changes that will ensure we are blameless and righteous before God. Stay blessed!

P.S. Fam you won’t believe what happened oh! As I finished this post, PHCN "spoke" to me and "took" the light. The entire article had not been saved and you can be sure I lost a significant portion of the work. This was a totally different ending but all things work together for good.

- Sage
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