Esther 5:9 Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai.
There’s so much to learn from our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. However my heart cry for many believers is basically on our nonchalant attitude towards allowing the Spirit of God do a perfect work in us. It’s lovely to manifest spiritual gifts but exceptionally awesome when we bear fruit by the Spirit. Without the fruit of the spirit, spiritual maturity cannot be attained. Infact the indicators of our growth in Christ is encapsulated in our becoming like Him in love, meekness, gentleness, kindness, patience, peace, temperance etc, Galatians 5:19-23.The reason Paul said, “my little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Galatians 4:19) is simple…”until we become Christ our reformation is incomplete”. Christ will not enact crisis on people, Christ will not glory in self, Christ is the full embodiment of all the characters that make up the fruit of the spirit.
Beloved, there is a call that makes us joint heirs with Christ, there’s also a process that makes us one with Him. Many have answered the call but are yet to go through the processing. Sincerely, the processing takes time, however it is our cooperation with the Spirit of God that makes this effective.
From our opening text we can easily deduce the works of the flesh as they were made manifest in the man Haman, he was a man of so much ego. He desired the praise of men and will do anything to have men worship and serve him. His move to do harm to the Jews was to register his disapproval for not been worshipped by Mordecai whenever he passed him at the king’ gate, it was so displeasing to see a man sitting down without a show of reverence while others bowed, stood and demonstrated fearful reverence of him. Hence moved with desperation to show himself worthy of praise he attempted to spill his venomous splash of death for Mordecai and the rest of the Jews but God dissapointed the devices of the crafty and his hands were unable to perform it’s enterprise, infact he became the object of his own wickedness.
Like Haman, there are many believers who are still full of themselves, still moved with ego, still carried away in the streams of their achievements in life. Infact they consider themselves worthy of double honor, reverence and worship. if they don’t get the praise of men they are easily moved to witch-hunt or defame the character of such personalities who will not give them what they consider as their due recognition. They sometimes tie this to honor in scriptures but unknown to them they are presenting Jesus yet portraying Haman.
Some might even have large gatherings and people look up to them as father figures, Some might even be founders of denominations and members of the religious governing council etc….these are not indicators of Spiritual maturity but earthly entitlements that will be buried with the dust when the spirit of man returns back to the maker. Time will fail to tell of how many young ministers have been unjustly treated and even maltreated because they were considered not loyal enough by their task masters, young believers now find themselves in a dilemma as to what the character of Christ actually is.
In times like this, the voice of the spirit is what should be heard because many men like David have allowed their flesh to make a wreck of committed men like Uriah. For such persons a cry for help is needed because if the Spirit of God does not help there is every tendency they will learn in the hard way.
As a young minister, are you already having tendencies of replicating the errors you’ve gathered from your mentors?
Please avoid becoming a tormentor of men, ministry is a call to serve and not to Lord over all. You must make it a point of duty to always present and portray Jesus.
Let us pray: Father as the day goes by we see the tendencies of self rise, please Lord help us kill it so your Spirit can find expression through us. Grant us the grace to become as you are, Amen.