As we are being granted the grace of God ushering us into the month of September, we are being inspired to examine some fundamental tools crucially necessary for spiritual growth and maturity. We live in a generation whereby our spiritual life is being handled with levity as if it doesn’t matter. Increasing number of us believers in Christ do little or none of daily personal and family Bible Study, and/or prayerful engagement; as well as personal evangelism and intentional reaching the lost people for Christ, and less engaged actively in churches. Such a lifestyle seems to betray our real identity in Christ reminding one of Jesus’ powerful statement and warning thus: “Not everyone who says to Me , ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? Then I will declare to them, “I never know you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-24).
We choose to disobey God’s instruction for holy living. We choose to have our own personal agenda instead of seeking the purpose and will of God in areas of our life. Money, prestige, career, popularity or selfish pursuit has become a god to many of us forsaking Jesus’ specific instruction of first seeking, as of top priority, the kingdom of God and His righteousness that guarantees His other blessings on us (Matthew 6:33). Some of us are too wise for God in our own estimation against the word of wisdom in Proverbs 3:5-6 that says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
How much of God’s word do you and I know as a result of personal and daily meditation? How often do we absolutely depend on God through prayer power in the Holy Spirit? We all must return to the basic tools of our spiritual life in order to grow and mature in Christ.
Dr. Johnson Omoni