Thursday, September 22, 2016


When you look at the number of Christians who are in formal employment and take a casual glance at people’s curriculum vitae’s you will be left with an impression that our country is full of dedicated, trustworthy and hardworking people. The CVs all claim the person has amazing personal attributes. I.e. hardworking, sober minded, focused, honest, organized, creative, punctual and can work with minimum supervision etc.

If the Christians in employment are true to their faith and the CVs are anything to go by then our countries work culture should be unrivaled. Companies and institutions must be beaming with faithful, dedicated and committed employees. But alas! The opposite is true. Despite the CVs and the many Christians in employment our work culture is nothing short of a scandal. People are desperate for employment and are willing to go to any length to get a job, however when the job is acquired it is puma leisure! How then must Christians work? The bible has quite a bit to say about the matter.

Do not be lazy
We ignore the warning in Proverbs to our own peril. The wise man declares:
The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!’ As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly” (Proverbs 26:13-16).

Lazy people always have a reason and an excuse to not carry out their responsibilities. They always want to put off their work to tomorrow and end up doing nothing. Lazy people are also always in action but never accomplish anything, they are like a door on its hinges that keeps moving but never gets anywhere. Furthermore though ever “busy” lazy people are far from productive and always leave work half done. And this is clearly evident in companies, organizations and worse off government institutions. The amount of time it takes to get someone to append their signature and date stamp to a paper makes you wonder what they do in the offices. When you walk in some offices the files are up to the roof! And to make matters worse people are constantly demanding money for giving a service that they are already paid for! This behavior is not laziness but criminal as well.

Work heartily as to the Lord
That is the charge in Colossians 3:24. And the idea is you should put your all heart in whatever work you are doing. It must not be halfhearted or just merely going through the motions. And this is where attitude comes in. The attitude and facial expressions of people in work places is frightening. They are not interested in what they’re doing and appear upset that you walked in to buy their service or product. And when they do get round to attending to your needs it’s as good as doing it yourself. No heart, no conviction and no joy in the work. The other thing Paul says in Colossians is the fact that for Christians their labor is to the Lord and not to man. They are to remember that they are stewards who will give an account for the work they do. And the fact that their service is to the Lord who sees the heart and all things, it means we need to have a biblical view and attitude towards work and remember to be faithful at all times.


With so many Christians in employment and the CVs that speak highly of workers why do we still have this terrible work culture? One thing is for sure we are liars and write things we are not true on our CVs. Secondly, we could be a generation of Christians who simply not influenced by the biblical worldview and lastly and more alarming maybe we are not Christians at all. We simply carry the name Christian and have not being transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ that radically changes people inside-out and affects not only their relationships but their work culture as well. What does your work culture say about your master?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Four Reasons why we avoid discipleship

“An important mark of a healthy church is a pervasive concern for church growth as growth is prescribed in the Bible. That means growing members, not just numbers. Some today think that a person can be a “baby Christian” for a whole lifetime. Growth is treated as an optional extra for zealous disciples. But growth is a sign of life. If a tree is alive, it grows. If an animal is alive, it grows. Being alive means growing, and growing means increasing and advancing, at least until death intercedes” [1]

This is where discipleship in the local church and our relationships comes in. Biblical discipleship means growing in the likeness of Christ and encouraging and helping others to do the same. For those who have not come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, it begins with sharing the gospel with them. Biblical discipleship in short is relational. The old cliché is correct, its “life touching life”. So if biblical discipleship and growth is essential to the health of the church why is it scarce in churches? And why do we avoid getting in discipleship focused relationships?

Biblical discipleship is time consuming
Training someone requires time, especially if your own life has to be an example to them. This is particularly harder in an extremely busy society and a self-centered one for that matter. It is even harder in a program driven church where meaningful relationships are not as important. Fellowship is reduced to a program or a service. We are content with meeting each other on Sundays and claiming we love each other when in actual fact we never share our lives, we never challenge each other to grow, we never keep each other intentionally accountable and consequently we never spur one another towards love and good works. Biblical discipleship requires time.

Biblical discipleship makes you vulnerable
As we spend time with each other our lives are soon opened up to other Christians and they get to know the real us. They see us in our weak moments, they see us respond to pressure, they will know that we are not as perfect as we portray when we put on our best behavior at the church programs and meetings. Committing to invest your life in others and spend time with them is committing to be vulnerable and transparent. It is committing to truly live out the command in James to confess your sins to one another. Biblical discipleship makes you vulnerable.

Biblical discipleship requires energy
Relationships are tiring and they can be messy. Relationships also require effort to begin and maintain. It is far much easier to organize and run programs than it is to maintain a discipleship relationship. It is even costly at times. As you invest your time and open your life to people you find yourself exerting lots of energy and it can be emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually draining. No wonder we would rather build fences around our lives and protect ourselves from the messy, exhausting and yet richly rewarding relationships.

Biblical discipleship ensures you do not necessary receive the praise
Just like the majority of ministry, biblical discipleship is done in the background. It is away from the eyes of the world and all that is seen is growth in others, unless the person you are discipling or worse off yourself waxes eloquent about the impact you have had in their lives, the world will never know. For a people who thrive on praise and acknowledgment we struggle with the idea that we can invest in the life of someone and see them grow and the Lord gets the glory. Biblical discipleship removes the focus on us and puts it where it should be, namely the glory of God!

[1] Leeman Jonathan. Growing one another. Crossway Wheaton, Illinois: 2012.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Behold your God- He is a faithful God

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him."  The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentation 3:21-26

What does God's faithfulness mean?

“That God is faithful means that he finishes what he stats and pays for what he orders. He never leaves us. He never forsakes us. He is always present with us. He always forgives us. He always directs us. He always provides a way to escape temptation.” Jim Berg

“The doctrine that God will always do what he has said and fulfil what he has promised” Wayne Grudem
The scriptures further say:
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
Psalm 102:25-27 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.
Number 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it?

What makes God faithful?
1. He is self-Existent- he is free from any cause outside himself- Exodus 3:13-14
The Lord is not affected but the happenings around Him and neither are there circumstances beyond His control. Hence all He says and purposes will come to pass. 
2. He is infinite- he is free from all limitations, no need to review and resolve or change
Because He is perfect everything he does is perfect and His plans are equally perfect. Therefore in a world where there is constant change, the Lord remains the one constant. He is never changes. 
Some implications for our lives
-   You can overcome sin- (1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, 1 John 1:9) Have you ever considered the wonderful promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13? No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

-     You live life without fear- (Romans 8:31-39) what, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

-       You can pray with confidence and not worry- (Matthew 6:25-36) 25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 

- You can read his word eagerly and earnestly (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 19:7-10) The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.