Sunday, November 30, 2014

Seven Lessons A Loyal Person Must Learn.

What do people say about your friend, but what do you say yourself when your friend is not there? Our lesson today will come from John 9:1-41. We, like the Pharisees are always trying to know what caused someone’s problems rather than seek to help them first. That was not a concern to Jesus. What was important was that the man needed to be healed. A man who was born blind was healed by Jesus. He rubbed mud made of clay and his saliva unto the man’s eyes, and He asked him to go to the Pool of Siloam to wash off the mud. The man did, and he began to see anew. Lesson # 1. Obedience to God is better than sacrifice. It will bring you peace.
This is where the story starts to reach its crescendo. His neighbors and others who have known him as a blind man asked him how he began to see. He told them that, "a man called Jesus rubbed mud unto my eyes and sent me to wash it off in the Pool of Siloam. Once I did, I began to see." They asked him of Jesus' whereabouts. They were not happy that he was healed on a Sabbath day; a day meant to give people rest. This man was given rest from his blindness. Instead, they took him to the Pharisees for an inquisition. Lesson # 2. Not everyone is happy to see you overcome your problems so deal only with those who have you at heart.
The Pharisees then repeated the process of digging for information. They asked him how he gained his sight. He told them the same thing he told his parents, neighbors and observers. Lesson # 3. Truth does not need a memory; lies do. 
The people began to argue about Jesus’ godliness. Some said that he was of God because he did miracles, but others contended that he was of the devil because he did not observe the Sabbath. Lesson #4. Every time there is an incident for controversy, there will always be two sides, those for and those against.
 The Pharisees wanted to hear from the man himself, so they asked him again what he thought of Jesus. They even wanted to put words into his mouth by adjuring him to praise God and call Jesus a sinner, but he told them that he was a prophet. He even defended his loyalty be saying that, whether Jesus was a prophet or a sinner, he does not care. All he knows is that he healed him. He even went deeper to make a theological plaidoirie about the manifestation of the power of God, and the person whom God uses. That did not sit well with the Pharisees, so they threw him out of the temple. Lesson #5: Stand openly for what you believe.
Now, they think that the man is lying, so they called his parents and asked them if their son was born blind and if they knew who healed him. The parents said they know he was born blind, but he is of age to tell them himself who healed him. Prov 18:3 cautions against false witnesses. People like to run their mouths like weaver birds in matters they were not present. Why not say that I was not there, so I will let the person who was there speaks. We will avoid some of the problems that go around this world. Lesson #5. Only speak on an incident you witnessed.
Jesus later heard that the man had been cast out of the temple, so he sought for him. He led him to believe in Him. Lesson # 6. The main goal of a miracle is to draw people to God. 
Finally, some Pharisees realized that they were seeing but were blind. Lesson # 7. Human beings are limited in sight to some things because there are two types of blindness; physical and spiritual.
Loyalty is a virtue that many people lack. People say that he is this, but who do you so he is. Perhaps you have a friend and something happened. Some say that he or she is this and others say that he or she is that, but what do you who know him first hand say he is? Would you claim that you are neutral? In the face of controversy, there is no neutrality.  He that does not say anything, consents.

Until then, learn to be loyal to people who have always been there for you.
St Arrey of Ntenako

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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