WE ARE THE IMAGE OF GOD.
Look out for the our conversation when we will be expanding on His Likeness, you don’t want to miss it…
The technological evolution sometimes makes us forget the basic things that have sustained human existence and growth.
Back in the day, when robots were still a thought, honing a skill took strength and time requiring consistent application of knowledge. With the robotic evolution taking place, it seems, what would normally take days now takes minutes and as such this generation has become identical with impatience.
The truth that is hidden behind these is that, there is nothing instant, each action on a computer/robot, is a result of a series of prompts and executions that have been mastered to produce a certain result. In essence, what is done with seeming ease, is always because someone committed to mastering something.
So what ever you do, #ZIMISELE – the perfection of a simple action can yield exponential innovation
Indulgence is probably one of the most advocated for activities in our generation – whether through advertising (even Christmas is about indulging) or through the prominence placed on activities that encourage indulgence. It is so bad that even in churches we want to indulge on God’s miracles so much we forget to worship.
With everything so freely available effortlessly, self control has become a virtue of the few and less and less advocated for like purity. Perhaps it is its association with purity that has crippled it as chastity has become a joke even in the church. We allow anyone and everyone to influence what we do. We want to make everyone happy even at the expense of God. Somehow, we are worried more about what people think than we are of God.
May we be mindful that Christian virtues – including self-control – are not disciplines for God but for ourselves. The lack of self-control opens you up to exploitation, abuse and violation. So His advise is to centre us, shield us and bring us fully into the place of His will.
To be woke implies a state of being awake to what is happening around you to the extent that little takes you by surprise.
Spiritual alertness relates to an awareness that transcends the obvious and opens up what may not be seen with the naked eye. It means being conscious of what you do and what is done around you. It means being alert to the work of the enemy that may distract you or derail you. It means being alert to who you are and where you are going.
There are no coincides but opportunities to do or not to do. Be awake to what you are exposed to and consciously choose how it affects you and your influence.
#Phaphama -Be woke
One of the most foundational statements in the Bible is “God is Love”- it is foundational because it is the very reason for God’s redemption (John 3:16).
If God is love that means that love starts with Him and knowing Him leads to knowing love. So when He says we must love our neighbours as we love ourselves, He must know that when we love others sincerely we will come to ourselves.
Love God – Love others as yourself!
We all have been created by God – intricately and purposefully. We are His special creation – made in His image and likeness with delegated authority over all of the earth. This alone makes us royalty.
When we respect ourselves, it is not esteeming ourselves greater or better but it shows an appreciation of who we are in Christ. Our self-respect will not make us respect others less, because we understand that not respecting others will take away from us our own self-respect.
We respect ourselves by the choices we make, we respect ourselves by what we expose ourselves to, we respect ourselves by understanding that our every action can build or destroy. We respect ourselves when we choose to build – first ourselves and first others.
Somehow misunderstood, self preservation is a virtue of those who have come to understand that they have a mandate to fufill on earth.
Ukuzingca in IsiXhosa is normally a virtue that is associated with purity and self respect yet referring to one’s ability to keep themselves as a treasure. Like the Bible says, what you treasure you keep as sacred.
When you know who you are and your purpose you will not preserve yourself for the sake of it. You will understand that, part of being a treasure is having times of usefulness and you will be able to know those times.
What a great gift that with the earthen treasure we are we can achieve so much
#ZINGCE – you are God’s treasure – His masterpiece.
The most profound statement from the Book of Exodus is found in Exodus 3: 14 – I AM who I AM.
The thing is, God is not confused about who He is; with all the roles He plays in our lives, He is still clear of who He is. And it is in the same spirit that we aught to know who we are.
We are born of God and have been empowered by Him – nothing should make us forget that. Do not let your past dictate what you know of yourself – after all, you are still standing.
#ZAZI ukuba ungubani – Know who YOU ARE!!!