Why The Offence…?
Have you ever wondered what makes one stumble in his/her service to God? One would expect that as one is serving, things should happen as expected and as planned, however the reverse is most times the case. The mind of the natural human expects things to always go according to his/her plan. Such carry this mindset into the service of God and get very disappointed and even offended at God when certain things don’t go according to plan. The reality is that we cannot serve God effectively with our human senses. The reason being, many times, the instructions of God do not make sense to the natural mind. If we refuse to let go of our minds and take on the mind of Christ, the tendency is to take offence at God when certain things don’t go our way. An incident happened in the Scriptures to buttress this: “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto Him, Art thou He that should come or do we look for another?” Matthew 11: 2-3. The heart of John was exposed here: he may have been wondering if he had pointed out the right person, if he had not run in vain and may not be too happy about his circumstances (a natural feeling). Of a truth every natural human has a right to be offended whenever expectations are not realized in the manner in which they were set to be realized. However, the Lord Jesus Christ sent back this message: “…and blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me” Matthew 11:6. The question that readily comes to mind is at what point did John the Baptist began to doubt the Person of Christ, did he not hear about the numerous miracles, the extraordinary teachings? Remember, it was John that recognized Him by the Holy Spirit and pointed Him out to the world. For us, the lesson to be learnt from this experience is that whenever we lose sight of our purpose or calling, we begin to doubt and question our source. John the Baptist that was said to be the greatest of all born of a woman became the least in the Kingdom. Friend, when you begin to doubt the efficacy of God’s word, you are in essence questioning the existence of God: such a person is an unbeliever! That is why the Bible tells us in Hebrews 11: 6 – “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Any wonder why so many services to God are unrewarded? The Bible warns us to guard and keep our hearts diligently as it affects and can corrupt whatever we lay our hands on. The plan of darkness for this end time is to make God’s children take offence at their Father and become ineffective in their service to God. Friend, in all ways and at all times we must guard our hearts against the evil seed that the enemy is spreading at this time so as not to take offence at God. Therefore, may the Lord keep your heart in the circle of His love until He comes in Jesus Christ name.