Good names attract everyone, even crooks. So do tags and titles. Today crooks also aspire to places of honor, because truth is loosely adhered to. They also seek to be representatives of the people. Between you and me these aspirations have nothing to do with service to the suffering masses; they want to steal even the little left of the poor. Many an infidel disguised in the cloak of a politician steals and arrogantly tells his people to “title their belts; that times are hard.”
To put it mildly, such raging fools are in want of good breeding, and their bloated arrogance casts them in the mould of confident tricksters, taking advantage of the innocent poor of this world. Arrogance, gluttony, and thievery make the mix. After this, they want to be called honorable, mighty benefactor, liberator, “man of the people,” distinguished gentleman. The impudence!
In the body of Christ, some of us also ascribe to tags and titles. A lot of people are lost to the calling because of this. Divisions have entrenched themselves. Many souls are blindly misled. Loosely, they hold on to tags and not the words of God even as they all call themselves “people of Christ.” Paul asks, “Is Christ divided?” God forbid.
Useless arguments and silly pride come to the fore when we look not to Christ but to our own understandings of God’s word. Competitions arise when there are divisions on any issue; we fight when pride is at stake; our arguments lead to envying, which are fair grounds for hatred, bitterness and a full dose of mistrust. With trust thrown out of the window, love is at best half-hearted.
There are only followers of Christ, in the sight of the Lord. But man has entrenched divisions. The resulting confusion has led to backwardness in all facets of life. Love is cold and relationships are wearing thin day after day. Sacred lights have been covered instead of being made to shine over all human darkness. We have been so foolishly misled by our own wisdom that commonsense doesn’t appeal to us anymore.
As Christians we live under the canopy of Christ. John’s epistle tells us that God is light; and there is no darkness in him. Christ says we’re also the “light of this world.” He goes on to say that nobody lights a light and covers it up—it has to shine over and on everything. Christ himself is the light in us. And as our individual and collective lights shine it is Christ who is magnified and lifted up in the eyes of the world. He is seen in us, if indeed we are bearers of his pure light of love. This is the true tag of man, if indeed there is any tag worthy of our troubles.
Christ calls us to a humbleness of heart; boasting in Him is not a thing of a Christian. But if we must boast, it is of the true Christ we ought to boast of. Wisdom calls however to remember one’s place; the incredible salvation and mercies of God plentiful in our lives; to be of a meek spirit and of an attitude similar to that of the Savior himself. If Christ did boast, it was rather in his deeds and words of comfort; his saving power and sacrificial death: not in the tag people placed on him. The Son of God is who he is. How he boasted in that, it is for you to decide.
Followers of Christ are called to let go of their old, sinful ways while reconciling the new self with the idea that only Christ is the savior of man’s pitiful soul. It also entreats us to follow his call to a life of complete devotion to God.
“Is Christ divided?” Dwell on that question for a while, thinking about the person of Christ, his mission on earth and his accomplishments. Christ says he does “the will of the father.” And what is this will? It is not to adorn ourselves with tags or even fight for his affections but to love one another.
No amount of piety merits the love of God the Father; no amount of sacrifices is holy enough to enjoy God’s presence. Only his good graces bring us to him through our faith in his only son. Our tags and many divisions don’t win his favor. God is not looking at our filthy titles or tags but into the unhidden truths of man’s heart made bare in His presence.
Apostle Paul says to love. He got it from Jesus. The scriptures talk of “kissing the son,” lest we lose him. This is about intimacy with Jesus. Without that, our piety comes to naught. Paul beckons us to place charity as a strong pillar in our lives.
The scriptures are lost on some of us. In our own insatiable need to countenance our follies, we have created religious traditions contrary to our calling and advice others to do same. Rival traditions have also been postulated elsewhere and are being followed daily without consulting scripture or pure commonsense. Oh if we would only check ourselves in the mirror of life—the bible! We have such heavy loads that need to be dropped at Christ’s feet.
Christ calls man to leave behind all those “heavy loads” and have faith in him, so that He would provide for us. Daily we worship him our way and expect that he would answer us his way when we should be asking sincerely, whether we make these sacrifices of worship in God’s name or in ours. Whenever we come into his presence (to praise and worship), do we assemble in God’s name or in our own name? You decide.
I echo the question again: “Is Christ divided?”
The Pharisees and scribes ought to have known better. They were supposed to be teachers. And they had all the proper titles as well as respect. Yet, Christ reproached them for teaching wrongly the law of God. In their teachings, they had implied disobeying parents when God said to obey them. They encouraged dishonoring parents in favor of God when all they had to do was to honor them.
You see, in their own estimation, it was wise to dishonor parents so that one didn’t dishonor God; but this led to breaking a commandment which is “to honor your father and mother.” It was this breach, which by them was okay, that Christ referred them to, because in trying to please God their way, and not God’s way, they had committed another sin.
We all claim to love Christ yet we ascribe to ourselves tags and titles when he only asks us to consort with scriptures and understand what is written therein.
Have you read, oh poor soul, the words of God? What do those words call you to—a life in want of wisdom or one that appreciates it? Doesn’t scripture advice us NOT to yield to our lusts?
Lust for the things our eyes see and want; the things that our human bodies desire; anything of this world that dims Gods light in us are definitely not of God.
Christ calls us definitely to read. When this is complete we would appreciate better the sacredness of our calling and understand what being a follower of Christ is about: love for God with all of man’s body and mind and soul and every might one could muster.
Love, that is what is meant by being a follower of Christ. Tags of all sorts are being bandied about. All of them call us to respect and love and indeed commit to Christ; but a careful person would find that these varying calls are limited somewhat by the misrepresentations of man all wanting—faith and love and hope and honor.
Christ calls us to comprehend what we commit ourselves to. What have you committed yourself to? Is it a tag completely at variance with the love of and for God; or the mix of people, ideas, and ways of life contrary to what Christ is about? Check yourself so that your life is not in want of wisdom.