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Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:00

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Heb. 12:6, ESV)

Corrections are essential to our individual growth, because anytime we feel unworthy to any correction, such state is pretty dangerous then, because its subsequent thing can surely be destruction. Nobody is perfect, thus each one of us deserves constructive corrections, now and then. It is arrogance to chide honest corrections, especially when we are in actual error.

The Lord spoke, from the Bible, on the consequence of pride, “Pride goes before DESTRUCTION, and a haughty spirit before a FALL.” (Prov. 16:18, ESV) And on the other hand He also promised full blessings and promotion in humility. “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matt. 23:12, ESV)

You can easilydiscern a contrite person, by simply knowing if he is willing to be corrected, and also a proud individual if he hates it instead. Some Bible scholars are saying that the very reason why Judas Iscariot was able to betray his master, was his unwillingness to be corrected. Here is their explanation—if you remember how Jesus answered the selfish thoughts of the former, because he whined if why the Lord allowed that expensive perfume offering to be poured to the ground.

He murmured that it could be sold and the proceeds to be distributed to the poor. In response to his thoughts, Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” (John 12:7-8, ESV) By the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus discerned the evil thoughts of Judas Iscariot.

According to the account of St. John, “He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.” (John 12:6, ESV) Maybe the pride of Judas was challenged, and he felt offended to the sharpness of Jesus’ words—the truths contained in them. Hence, he left the last supper anddisclosed to the enemies their location, so that they could arrest the Savior.

Things happened so fast, until it ended to the very crucifixion of the Lord. But Peter had a different story, he was willing to be corrected, in fact for several times. The result God chose him to become the dynamic leader of the New Testament church, which we can read in the book of Acts. There was a time that he was rebuked to harbor the mind of the Devil, because he wanted to stop Jesus to suffer the Cross.

Imagine, he never felt bad against the Master, despite that the Lord’s statement was addressed to him as something possessed bySatan himself on that particular moment. The man was always willing to receive corrections, from his obvious ignorance and mistakes. Apparently, his humility broke his carnality and limitations, so that on the day of the Pentecost, in Acts 2, after they were baptized by the Holy Spirit, Peter stood-up in complete boldness to preach the gospel to the crowd.

On that same instance, thousands of men and women were converted; they gave their hearts to God and they repented from their sins. Such is how the Lord may pick any vessel, whom He can use for His glory. He spots the humble and the submissive. But He rejects the arrogant and the rebellious.

The prophet Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” (1 Sam 15:12, ESV) What God looks for is our willingness to obey, and never our sacrifices. To obey is better than sacrifice!

So if your boss,your parents, your teacher/professor, or anyone who has authority over you, corrects you, be pliable! Allow the grace of God to mold you. You will loss nothing in your submission or humility. The very truth is its total irony, in humility you shall gain more—you increase, and such is the act and reward of God through your brokenness.

We live in a generation where selfishness is the usual norm, in any aspect of our society. But things have never changed before the eyes of God, humility and submission are the twin tickets for a sure promotion in life. “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” (Ps. 75:6-7, KJV)

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