Luke 22:42 – “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
Second Timothy 1:14: “Guard the truth which has been entrusted to you.”
Brigette Hyacinth(Keynote Speaker) once said, “People don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses.”
Most people work under bosses and not leaders. Did you note the difference? Working under a bad boss can make a good job even in the best company, unfruitful and your life miserable. Don’t be a micromanager, be a leader with a vision.
It can always be tough to look in the mirror, maybe you could be more efficient, more determined, meet deadlines better, work smart, and at the same time you must be doing the best you can but take an honest look on the mirror, and who do you see on the other end? Take note of how your boss works and try to meet him or her on the side of the fence when it comes to communication and work lifestyle; that’s emotional intelligence.
As you’re reading this, I’ve been fortunate to have some amazing managers during my 6+ years in my career. Only once I had a difficult manager, where you end up spending so much energy thinking how frustrated they made you be and wasting time on things I couldn’t control. I have had conversations with friends and people I’ve met in Matatu’s, had discussions and conversations with young people only to find out that most of them we’ve either sailed on the same bought or been in the same shoe since I could clearly understand the pains and sufferings that they’ve had to carry through their careers.
I write to you, dear children because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
However, with the Baptism of Christ Suffering, I’ve been able to meditate upon it and one thing that came clear to me was the cup of suffering. Paul well said we are “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Rom. 8:17,18) Jesus’ sufferings and His alone affect our redemption. But if we share in the fellowship of His suffering, we can anticipate sharing also in His reward. (Philip. 3:10-16) The resurrection and eternal life are not a reward, they are the gift of God.
I sat in class on the 11th of February for several sessions on consecutive Mondays, and the speaker was teaching us on the Spiritual Disciplines. From this Discipleship class and from the above context of a boss, leader, and work; I realized that I must understand the spiritual disciplines because it’s a race of Faith. You run a race by following rules and lanes. In the 800-meter race, they start from staggered positions and can break inside after the first bend while in longer races of 10000 meters, athletes can break inside after the start. That tells you that as a Christian you need Patience, Endurance and Commitment in every race. Every Fight and every race have rules and regulations by which they’re done.
Hebrews 6:4-6 and the questioned popped up while in class, can one lose their salvation?
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Athletes may leave the track voluntarily before the race ends, but they cannot come back to the track else they will be disqualified. Don’t get Disqualified.
Anyone who thinks that the Christian life is without hardship and difficulty is sadly deluded. Jesus told people that before they start following Him, they better ‘count the cost’ because – as He said in Luke 9:23, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
The whole context is a slice of real life, you might be in hardships or difficulties at the place of work note that ‘He is Alive’ because He lives you live. He said it’s finished, my story is written…I have come with testimonies, the lord is my Shephard I shall never want. Let your life be a dedication of a Soldier, discipline of an athlete and diligence of a farmer.
2nd Timothy 2:4-7 (Soldier’s, Athletes and Farmers).
First, we see in our passage as at 2nd Timothy 2:4; War is not a picnic, so a soldier has to suffer just like our KDF Soldiers in peacekeeping missions and if war breaks out, it is going to mean he is faced with ugly, arduous, uncomfortable living. Been a soldier requires a degree in single-mindedness and thus soldiers have only one objective: “A soldier does not get entangled with civilian pursuits, but his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him.”
Secondly, 2nd Timothy 2:6-7 Like a farmer, we might have to rise up early and work hard, we do so in expectation of a harvest. “It is the hardworking farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.”
Lastly, 1 Corinthians 9:25-26, Sprinters should run in designated lanes and cannot cross lanes, throughout the race. Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a [a]crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither]. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air”
Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything. (2 Timothy 2:7). May we be matured in our walk with the Lord.
I overcame, now I testify.
Writer: Jeremy Godsann