“HOW MANY ARE MY INIQUITIES AND SINS? MAKE KNOWN TO ME MY REBELLION AND MY SIN”.
Many people claim they are followers of Christ. Recently you will read all kinds of stuff about preachers, even some people who are not necessarily preachers, but think they have followed preachers for long and have been in the church longer and older than their ages post stuff attacking preachers.
They claim they are grace preachers; all others are out of fashion because they still quote some portions of the Old Testament. Paul once said, “his greatest desire in life is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection”. Philippians 3:10
But it is practically impossible to know and follow someone if you don’t know yourself. Yesterday, after a hectic prayer session, I went to the office rather late. A gentleman was waiting for me, struggling with his marriage and work life. I quickly identified that, like many of the working class, he is one person who likes procrastination. Coupled with the struggles his company is going through, the reality of time has now dawned on him. He and his wife are aggressive when they argue, very dramatic and loud. They really didn’t know who they were emotionally and spiritually before they married.
People who don’t know themselves struggle to trust others, and will never understand others because they don’t understand themselves. One of the challenges many people face, especially Pastors is that; “apparently, they are great at paying attention to the needs of other people whilst ignoring their own”. The lack of self-awareness is hurting many people and their relationship with God and others. People who don’t know themselves assume people are against them, and that others are responsible for their predicaments. Many people want to imitate Christ, but one cannot imitate Christ if you don’t know who you are and what you are bringing to the table. In my line of duty, I have come across many people, who think too highly of themselves. They overrate themselves and underestimate their depravity. Ultimately, they elevate themselves to the place reserved for God.
“Search me O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting”! Psalm 139:23-24
To know yourself, don’t check inside you, but also outside. You can never know yourself unless God speaks to you through His word. Many people don’t know themselves, so arguably, they transfer their thought pattern to others. If he or she is corrupt, everyone else is corrupt, if he is a fornicator, everyone else is a fornicator..
Do you really know yourself?
To be cont…
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.