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20/08/2023 - 21/08/2023 All day

“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4).

Early in his life King David was one person who just couldn’t wait being involved. The Baganda have a saying- “nga’ talutumila mwana,” - loosely meaning: “he was not a man to rely on errand boys!” Thus, once he saw Goliath threatening invincibility David took him on personally ( I Samuel 17). Recruited by King Saul he personally led the Israelites into battle that crowds ended up provocatively chanting, “As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands” ( I Samuel 18:7).

Now, as David’s stuture rose, he tired of his old battle field action packed life. He had seen it all and, anyway, he had others now to do the fighting for him! So, as it were, in one long battle he dispatched over his General Joab to lead the army while he lounged at home. Things started to happen. One day he spotted a married beautiful woman and before long he had snatched her. This was after using his privileged position to get her husband Uriah who, himself was away at battle, get killed! It was a grievous sin which God made David pay for dearly!

A lesson for us here. Any of us using our gifts could start out by being very active in ministry life. We cant wait to attend church where we eagerly participate in praise and worship. Perhaps we volunteer to be ushers or lead Sunday School. At home we lead family prayers. But as God blesses us and we rise in stature certain things in our prior life become “too small for us!” We now miss church (“too busy”) and have no time for weekly cell Bible studies, because of other “bigger meetings” at office.

There is a danger here. As we draw away from our “first love” we become exposed. No longer actively involved in the Lord’s work, like David, we become easy target.

As you rise stay close to God by being immersed in his work, including actively participating in ministry, just as before, other than merely delegating because you are now “too big”! Only one helpful way to keep the enemy at bay!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, help me stay ever close to you and never “too busy” through distractions caused by change in life’s circumstances that take me far away from you, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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