20th, November 2016
By much slothfulness, the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands, the house droppeth through.
The Father created man to be sociable; desiring to interact and communicate with his kind and be communicated with. Part of this characteristic of man is interdependence; supplying the needs of others and having his needs supplied by others. The Kingdom to which we belong is also designed with the same structure; for the body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:16). We also find numerous calls in the scripture to edify and build up, not just passively but as a full-time job demanded by love; for Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him (Leviticus 19:17). In the Kingdom, we can be rest assured that not only the Holy Spirit (though He is more than enough) but other members of the body got our back; gladly giving of themselves for our growth and development, strengthening us and encouraging us in the faith just as we have been commanded to consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works (Hebrews 10: 24).
Nevertheless, our spiritual growth is completely our responsibility and not the responsibility of our helpers. It is gross irresponsibility to expect others to play our part/role for us. The scripture demands we edify people, supply that bit which we have been empowered/sent to supply and encourage them not live their lives for them. It is quite common to see people depending on others for reminder to study the Word or pray or go for spiritual programs. Some would never listen to the Father for themselves; ever dependent on others for the revelation of the will of the Father. They are so passive about their growth, always seeking to be baby sat or reasoned for. They would barely take any actions except cajoled to do so; ever depending on others for motivation to do the right thing or act. When they miss out some great things, because of their laziness, they go ‘why didn’t you remind me or check up on me or pressure me to do it, etc.’, as though it is the responsibility of the addressed individual to chaperon their growth. What stops them from setting up a reminder or consciously creating a plan for execution of the desired task? Some individuals would never seek help until they are asked if they require assistance. They would rather fold their arms, suffer in silence and watch things deteriorate; some may even go to the extent of blaming others for being insensitive or unobservant; as though it is the responsibility of others to make sure they are always okay. What stops them from seeking help either from books, edifying materials or others.
The scripture clearly warns against depending on anyone or anything other than the Father. The Holy Spirit is the only one with the assignment to oversee and guide us every step of the way; our fellow new creatures are only extensions of Himself reaching out to us, so keep your focus on the Holy Spirit and submit to His leadings.
You must take responsibility for our own growth. You must take responsibility for our own development in the faith. You must take responsibility for your own success. Be responsible!!
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me people who build and encourage me in the faith. I acknowledge that my growth and success in my life is solely my responsibility. I refuse to depend on others. I receive more grace to be responsible!
Isaiah 31: 1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68