A LITTLE REMINDER: IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!
Hey friends of God! Howdy?
This came on me as an urgent ‘must-do’ kinda thing, so I’m going to set the ground running right away with the thought I want to share.
My birthday is in few days, and in my trademark fashion, one I learnt from Maureen Oseji, (a friend I call ‘Twinny’), I intend releasing a gift of two e-books on that day, the LORD willing. One of which should be on leadership. Now, this is where the inspiration of this post is drawn from. As I meditated on the subject, it dawned on me that there’ve been lots said about it by many leaders of thoughts and notable folks, some of which we’ve paraded in church and accepted as true. But the question is: as Christians, on what foundation should all we do be built on, including our views on leadership? Here, see the answer:
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. (Colossians 3: 17, KJV.)
You just read that, right? ‘Whatsoever!’ – nothing is left out! Be it on marriage, career, citizenship, governance, leadership, everyday life, etc., everything should be said and done in the Name of Jesus. The Name of Jesus – what does this mean? Maybe someday, I will have to do a write-up extensively on the subject of the Name of Jesus. Until then, this should suffice: the name of Jesus speaks of identity and authority – all that is Jesus’ and can be identified with Jesus – in simple terms, all that Jesus represents. So here is the big question – are your thoughts, words and deeds in sync with the Name of Jesus?
Yes, I just added ‘thoughts’ to it!
Though Colossians 3 verse 17 only mentioned ‘word or deed’, the truth is, our words and actions are offshoots of our thoughts. The Bible confirms this too:
…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (Matthew 12: 34, KJV.)
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil… (Luke 6: 45, KJV.)
That said, I must also add:
There is a saying in law – nemo dat non quod habet. It means – you can’t give what you don’t have. In essence, until you do as Paul says in Colossians 3: 16, KJV: ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom’, you won’t be able to do all things and say all things in a manner reflective of Jesus Christ. If we fill our hearts with His words, they will form the basis of our thoughts, which will definitely reflect in our actions and words. It’s that simple. Here, we begin to vet every thought, philosophy, idea, etc., we come across to make sure they are in tandem with the Word which richly indwells us. At this point, we can boldly say like Paul:
The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. (2 Corinthians 10: 4 – 6, MSG.)
Hallelujah! The tool is the Word!!
A mind filled with the Word of Christ, by default, brings other thoughts under subjection to the Lordship of CHRIST.
Jesus is LORD, everywhere, anywhere!