BOW TO THE TOP
1 Samuel 24:1-22 (6) – He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the LORD’s anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him.” (NLT)
Why do athletes bow to start a 100m race and stand to begin a 1500m? It practically translates that, ‘If you want a rapid ride to the top, you have to submit to those ahead. But you can only afford to defy authority when you are ready for a long walk’.
Studying the account of Joseph, he had respect for his brethren; even when sold to slavery, he feared God and resisted the seductive advances of Mrs. Potiphar (Genesis 39-50). Further, in our Bible reading, David honoured King Saul and never attempted to kill him because he had the understanding that ‘the anointing you reverence is where you only receive.’ No wonder, Elisha got the double of Elijah’s power because he patiently served his master (2 Kings 2).
Beloved, are you ready to serve your way up? In your career, do you learn from your superiors? Do you honour your parents, spouse, and the pastor? What about the government– do you obey their policies? (Romans 13:1-7). Are you humble enough to respect your boss despite the age gap? Because, to succeed, you must bow all the way! Therefore, you want to pray for the grace to be useful and obedient, so you don’t fall off the ladder of glory (Matthew 25:1-30).
Hymn: I Must Tell Jesus – Elisha A. Hoffman (1893)
1. Father, help me to be submissive and profitable in every good work.
1. Any power, making me rebellious, and to see potential helpers as enemies, scatter!
2. Father, turn my groaning to glory.
3. Pray as led for your neighbours, family, and nation.
BE BORN AGAIN!
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