The Obedient Leader

21st August

…He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”

Philippians 2:8

The cross in Bible times was a mark of shame. It was one of the worse ways to die and was reserved for the most wicked of criminals. The bible even calls it a curse to be hanged on a tree in the book of Deuteronomy. Some even say that because sin entered the world through a tree (the tree of knowledge where Adam took the apple from), that is why it was cursed. Make of that what you will, but what we do know for sure, is that on the tree that Christ was crucified on, all sin and curses were broken as Jesus became sin for us and broke the curse of the law by becoming the curse for us. He took our place.

Yet all this was in submission and obedience to the Father. When Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, “Lord, take this cup from me”, the anguish He was feeling was real. It was far from easy for Him to give His life, to take our sins and to be beaten to death. Yet He cried out the most powerful words, “Nevertheless, not My will but Yours!!”.

True obedience calls us to submit our own desires and align ourselves with the will of God; even if the cost is great and involves big sacrifices. Jesus our perfect example, showed us how to live an obedient and self-less life. The cross nows stands a blessing for humanity. Moreover, it is not so much the cross itself, but what happened on the cross that causes us to rejoice. Let us draw on the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to enable us to live lives submitted in obedience to God our Heavenly Father.

The Chicken In The Oven

30th May

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”

1 Peter 5:7

When you are praying, are your thoughts distracted by the problems and worries that await you? Are you carrying burdens and weights that are pulling you down? If that is you, then know God is for you and cares about you so so much.

Sometimes, our worries and problems can cause such big distractions in our lives, that it affects our sleep, our relationships, and our walk with God if we allow it. It is like the picture of someone being in church, listening to God’s words, or joining in with worship, yet their heart is so distracted and consumed with thinking about the roast chicken in the oven, waiting for them when they get home. They are so distracted, that they miss out on what God is saying and doing. So it is with our lives, when we allow our cares and worries to blind us to the reality of the great God we serve.

Peter knew, all too well of these distractions and encouraged the believers to not let their cares and worries get in the way of their relationship with God. He knew the importance of letting go, of giving his worries and cares to God. Not only does God care about every small detail of our worries and cares, but He is more than able and capable to help us get through them. Your cares are in safe hands. Give them to God. Write them down if need be. But don’t hold on to them. They will weigh you down. They will become a distraction for you. Give them to Jesus and trust that He cares about YOU!