LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and forever. Ps 131:1-3 (KJV)
Lord Jesus, hallow be thou Name. Who is like unto thee. I have looked round the whole universe I found none like thee. My father I honour You alone in heaven and on earth. thank you for making Yourself strong on our behalf. When the enemy will come like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against it. Praise the Lord.
Do you remember that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, that is a popular saying in yesterday topic “Holy Fear” we concluded by decreeing that none of us shall leave the dining empty. However, we will further discuss what might hinder us from benefiting fully from the table. Do you remember when Apostle Paul called us Babes in Christ, who ought feed on milk rather than solid food. Want to know another dimension of it please come along with me beloved and discover more:
“Babes in Christ.” 1Corinthians 3:1
Are you mourning, believer, because you are so weak in the divine life: because your faith is so little, your love so feeble? Cheer up, for you have cause for gratitude. Remember that in some things you are equal to the greatest and most full-grown Christian. You are as much bought with blood as he is. You are as much an adopted child of God as any other believer. An infant is as truly a child of its parents as is the full-grown man. You are as completely justified, for your justification is not a thing of degrees: your little faith has made you clean every whit.
You have as much right to the precious things of the covenant as the most advanced believers, for your right to covenant mercies lies not in your growth, but in the covenant itself; and your faith in Jesus is not the measure, but the token of your inheritance in Him. You are as rich as the richest, if not in enjoyment, yet in real possession. The smallest star that gleams is set in heaven; the faintest ray of light has affinity with the great orb of day.
In the family register of glory the small and the great are written with the same pen. You are as dear to your Father’s heart as the greatest in the family. Jesus is very tender over you. You are like the smoking flax; a rougher spirit would say, “put out that smoking flax, it fills the room with an offensive odour!” but the smoking flax He will not quench.
You are like a bruised reed; and any less tender hand than that of the Chief Musician would tread upon you or throw you away, but He will never break the bruised reed. Instead of being downcast by reason of what you are, you should triumph in Christ. Am I but little in Israel? Yet in Christ I am made to sit in heavenly places. Am I poor in faith? Still in Jesus I am heir of all things. Though “less than nothing I can boast, and vanity confess.” yet, if the root of the matter be in me I will rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the God of my salvation.
A good comfort I believe. But is it good enough to be at that stage in God? I think there is need for us to grow up in the Lord. How! Someone is asking. Yes grow up I repeat. Just as a child grows from baby to toddler to pre school to adolescent to adult, so also we ought to grow in the things of God. Some of us will enjoy to be promoted twice yearly if possible but will not record any growth in their Christian race, is that not a pity? I will encourage us to make every effort to grow up in the heaven’s market. Discover more:
“Grow up into Him in all things.” Ephesians 4:15
Many Christians remain stunted and dwarfed in spiritual things, so as to present the same appearance year after year. No up-springing of advanced and refined feeling is manifest in them. They exist but do not “grow up into Him in all things.” But should we rest content with being in the “green blade,” when we might advance to “the ear,” and eventually ripen into the “full corn in the ear?” Should we be satisfied to believe in Christ, and to say, “I am safe,” without wishing to know in our own experience more of the fulness which is to be found in Him. It should not be so; we should, as good traders in heaven’s market, covet to be enriched in the knowledge of Jesus.
It is all very well to keep other men’s vineyards, but we must not neglect our own spiritual growth and ripening. Why should it always be winter time in our hearts? We must have our seed time, it is true, but O for a spring time—yea, a summer season, which shall give promise of an early harvest. If we would ripen in grace, we must live near to Jesus—in His presence—ripened by the sunshine of His smiles.
We must hold sweet communion with Him. We must leave the distant view of His face and come near, as John did, and pillow our head on His breast; then shall we find ourselves advancing in holiness, in love, in faith, in hope—yea, in every precious gift. As the sun rises first on mountain-tops and gilds them with his light, and presents one of the most charming sights to the eye of the traveller; so is it one of the most delightful contemplations in the world to mark the glow of the Spirit’s light on the head of some saint, who has risen up in spiritual stature, like Saul, above his fellows, till, like a mighty Alp, snow-capped, he reflects first among the chosen, the beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and bears the sheen of His effulgence high aloft for all to see, and seeing it, to glorify His Father which is in heaven.
I pray that someone is taking a decision to grow in heaven’s market from now onward in Jesus name, Amen! I assure you that you will be glad you did, because there are some benefits you cannot access in the Christ Kingdom except when you truly grow in knowledge in the Word.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Evang Ifeoma Ohondu