My dad says He can turn anything into a sermon and I believe him because one, I live with him, seen it happen for the past 25 years and two, the Holy Spirit can turn anything into a sermon AYE! Like anything, you are cutting an avocado one moment, the next moment you are in tears wondering whom to pay the offering to for such a powerful sermon delivered. I love it but sometimes, especially when He uses something from my past, it makes feel sad that I couldn’t recognize the lesson or wisdom in what was being done.
Last week was the homecoming weekend for Holy Child! My school… THE School! The love I have for this school makes no sense because it wasn’t the best of places, there were days I cried and wanted to come home. But it was also where I recognized the voice of God for the first time, it was where I lost about 40lb and could finally walk without pain in my knees and it’s where I learnt how to scrub tiles like a pro. Hehehe anyway, Holy Child gave me way too many gems; both in people and substance that I can’t help but love it.
Facta non Verba ( Actions not words)
Holy Child has been on mind a lot this week so maybe that’s why the Holy Spirit decided to touch on something that happens there. When the form one girls (high school freshmen) come to school, and are allocated their houses and everything, they are assigned a form two girl to ‘serve’ them. This form two girl is supposed and I use suppose because they hardly ever do it properly hehe but yes this form two girl is supposed to make her transition into this hard-knock boarding school life easier. So she shows you around, helps you unpack, shows you how to arrange your clothes and lay your bed, when to be where, who is whom and what to use for what. She’s basically supposed to be at the freshman’s service for about a week or two.
Back then, as a form two girl, it was an annoying concept. Even though one, you were once a freshman and had it done for you and two, it was for not more than two weeks. Ah? The whole point of seniority was for the lesser person to serve the higher… or was it? The Holy Spirit brought this memory to me and said the more you know of the things of God, the further you walk or advance in this journey, the more you are called to service. You shouldn’t take up a leadership role with the intention of being served by the people who have been assigned to you or people put ‘under’ you but rather seek to find how you can serve them instead.
As a leader, seek to find how you can serve them that are placed under you
Most of us have this low key desire of wanting to be ‘served’ in our Christian walk. Wanting to be acknowledged, to be exalted, to be praised or well regarded in some sort. We are quick to pick up titles and names forgetting that the height of a thing is dependent on the depth. In this case, the more you know and the further you go in this walk, the lower you should want to bend in service to others.
‘Newbies’ need all the support and service they can get to be able to grow distaste for the old life and desire this new one.
Looking back now, I wish that service period was longer. These were newbies, most of them like me were clueless on how to function outside their homes. Some of them were anxious and worried about how they would perform not just in academics but in survival as a whole. How awesome would it be to have played a role in the adjustment of these young girls. Same way when we come to Christ and grow in Him, we should not be so blindsided by our own personal gains that we forget to reach out and serve the newbie Christians. They, just like you, have questions. They need clarity on certain things, they need support because as you have come to realize, it’s not an easy journey. Most newbie Christians or as scripture calls them newborn babes backslide not because they just choose to or this life isn’t for them but because they don’t have any proper support. Scripture says no one immediately desires the new wine because they’ve been accustomed to the old for a while, so they need all the support and service they can get to be able to grow distaste for the old life and desire this new one.
No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better. – Luke 5:39
For some reason however, that’s not so. We as Christians and as a church walk this road like it’s a selfish one; that God saved you for you alone.That is however not the case. Listen, God still loves the World, that hasn’t changed. He still wants us to raise an army for the salvation of the world. I believe we are quick to forget our own born-again experience, the early years and struggles of the readjustment. Yes, we are expected to grow according to the word, be focused on our journey and purpose, but we are also expected to nurture others to grow with us. God’s grace is abundant for us to manage the two.
Thinking about the high school situation now, being at the service of the freshmen would have even solved that silly rivalry that usually existed between the two year groups. We’d have come to know them beyond them just being ‘form one girls’. We’d have heard their stories, recognized and met some needs (Needs here is not in reference to material things). Being at service to them would have improved the quality of their lives in the school even. I know this because being ‘served’ (helped) by seniors long after the service week had ended greatly improved mine.
“ And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.- Matthew 4:19”
As much as I wish I had written this post just to talk about my school; The best school ever! Hehe I wrote this as a reminder to myself and to you too that we are called to serve! The quality of your life was improved so you help improve the lives of others too. It wasn’t improved so you look down on them, judge or despise. If that’s what you thought then we absolutely do not serve the same God. God is all about service. We drifted from Him, We were misbehaving yet HE left majesty and came to save us and show us the act of service. He came down to our level so we could gradually walk towards His.
“ We drifted from Him, We were misbehaving yet HE left majesty and came to us to save and show us service.”
Your elevation on this journey isn’t so you can swamp yourself with titles and rank yourself so high that you don’t count yourself with the many. Your elevation is so you can be high enough to spot the needs and clear the paths for the people now climbing up. They say the best view is from on top. Your elevation is to give you a better view to serve. True maturity in Christianity isn’t in how much word you know or how much gifts you have and display but in how much love you walk in. It’s in how much of the image of Christ you adopt. It’s in how much your life of service becomes a proof of His love.
True maturity in Christianity isn’t in how much word you know or how much gifts you have and display but in how much love you walk in
So please let’s not get so caught up in our personal journeys that we forget that Jesus instructed us saying “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” – Matthew 28:19-20. God bless you!