Lessons in Companionship from A Lizard

Lessons in Companionship from A Lizard

Lessons in Companionship from A Lizard

While renovating his house, a Japanese man broke open the wall.

Japanese houses normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls. When tearing down the walls, he found that there was a lizard stuck there because a nail from outside had been hammered into one of its feet. He saw this, felt pity and at the same time curiosity. On checking the nail, it appeared it was nailed five years ago when the house was built.

What happened?

The lizard had survived in such a static position for five years! In a dark wall partition for five years without moving, it is impossible and mind-boggling. He wondered how this lizard had survived for five years without moving a single inch since its foot was impaled! So he stopped his work and observed the lizard, to see what it has been doing and how it has been feeding.

Not long afterwards, there appeared another lizard, with food in its mouth.

‘Ah!’ He was stunned and touched deeply.

For the lizard that was impaled by the nail, another lizard had been feeding it for the past five years. The second lizard has been doing that faithfully and untiringly every day for five long years, without giving up hope on its partner. Imagine what a small creature can do.
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This is a lesson in companionship. Never abandon your loved ones. Don’t turn your back on people because they are in difficulty. Don’t see yourself as more intelligent or the best. You may be a bit luckier today but life is uncertain and situations can change tomorrow. A Moment of negligence may break the very heart which loved you against all odds.

Remember, it takes a moment to break, but an entire lifetime to make. God created space within our fingers so that we can hold hands. So be there for somebody today.

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Meditation: Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; – Romans 12:10

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Anointed to Influence

Purpose: Anointed to Influence

Purpose: Anointed to Influence

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
– Acts 4:13

One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to model the ideal life to us with the aim of influencing us to live rightly and maximally. He came to help us to see real-life how we can live a godly, holy, righteous and pure life and still be successful. Through personal examples and teachings, He showed us how to operate and conduct ourselves in various circumstances.

He also modelled affection, care, kindness, compassion, boldness, justice, perspective, tact, discipline, work ethics, relationships, how to pray, how and when to speak, personal and social responsibility, among other things, to us. You should make it an obligation to read the gospels of Matthew to John to have firsthand knowledge of Jesus’ way of life. After that, you can proceed to read from the book of Acts to Revelation. This will further entrench your knowledge of the Lord and enhance your relationship with Him.

From the passage above, we see that at whatever level Jesus met you, He is bound to leave you a better person than you were. Peter and John met Him as “uneducated and untrained men,” but He left them a bold and articulate pair. Peter was particularly shifty and garrulous; two attributes that are not becoming of a leader. But, by the time Jesus was done with Him, he was an embodiment of wisdom, calmness, and grace. Paul met Jesus as a learned, but vitriolic young man; but he became enlightened and purposeful, without losing his trademark passion, only having it redirected in the right course. He was learned, but not enlightened; he had zeal, but for the wrong cause. He later wrote: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Jesus is a game-changer any day. And He didn’t want us to imbibe His spirit alone; He also desires that we are living examples of the finest ideals wherever we are.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Bless

Purpose: Sent to Bless

To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you…”
– Acts 3:26

This passage introduces another purpose of Jesus Christ to us, He was sent to bless us. In whatever way you look at it, Jesus has been a blessing. During His lifetime, innumerable people had solutions, healing, breakthrough, deliverance, turnaround, restoration, recovery of sight as well as many other positive interventions in their lives by virtue of their encounter with Him.

Even long after He had departed physically from the earth and ascended to heaven, His name continues to bless billions of lives across the ages and His power still ministers to people in various ways. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap; to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory’ (1 Samuel 2:8). Take it or leave it, from the beginning of times till date, no one like Him has ever lived. No one loves humanity more than Him; no one has blessed more people than Him; and no one has intervened in critical situations more than Him.

The mandate to bless is a universal calling. But, of course, there are people around, as there have always been, who take this calling more seriously than others. They have a compulsive desire to bless people and make a difference in their situations. To such people, their day would not complete without having extended a hand of kindness to someone else. The interesting thing about this is that it is the key to greatness. Being enamoured with it offers you more platforms and resources to do more. You don’t deplete by being a blessing to others, you can only increase.

The call to bless is not restricted to the rich alone, and no one is so impoverished that he cannot be a blessing. There is always something to do; a word of prayer, committed intercession, little gifts, sincere compliments, community service, words of encouragement, the list is endless. It is in the doing that increase is assured.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to the Oppressed

Purpose: Sent to the Oppressed

Purpose: Sent to the Oppressed

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…He has sent Me…to set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 4:18

The oppressed are another group for whom Jesus came to earth. He announced in the passage above that He came to set them at liberty so that they too can enjoy the benefits of living and aspire to self-actualisation like every other person. Just as Jesus came for these people, likewise are a number of individuals living today called to the oppressed; to rescue and set them at liberty.

People found themselves in oppression for various reasons, because of their sins, wrong choices, poverty, less-privileged background, ignorance of their rights, weak personality, among other factors. Whatever the reason may be, God does not desire that anyone die in oppression and subjection. He was concerned enough that this should not be the case; hence His sending Jesus Christ to their rescue. Even before Jesus came, God had always called certain individuals who were willing enough to fight for the liberation of the oppressed; and with the departure of Jesus, God is still calling willing individuals to fulfil this calling.

A wanton subjection of another or oppression of any kind is an injustice; because God did not create any man to dominate other men. On the contrary, He created man to exercise dominion over every other creature He made. Oppression is one of the devil’s distortions of divine order at the fall of mankind. But God never wanted it, and it doesn’t have to be.

Do you get greatly disturbed seeing people being cheated, denied or subjected to any form of inhuman treatment? Perhaps, you were called to the oppressed. It is easy for people with this particular calling to conclude that they presently have no clout or wherewithal to make a difference. That is one of the lies the devil uses to dissuade such people from fulfilling their calling. The truth is, you can always do something with what you have and where you are. As long as you can talk, write, or express your sentiment in other ways, you are equipped to do something.

No matter how little, take steps to confront oppression and injustice and you will be amazed at how God can back someone who dares to stand up for Him.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

Purpose: Sent to the Brokenhearted

Purpose: Sent to the Brokenhearted

Purpose: Sent to the Brokenhearted

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
Luke 4:18

This is Jesus speaking yet again and proclaiming another of His mission – to heal the broken-hearted.

Living comes with a lot of packages, the highs and the lows; one of the lows is the despondency that results from disappointments or broken promises. Many people are deflated and go about life with a forlorn posture because of unmet expectations in career, marriage, business or other aspects of life.

Many had banked all their hope on a relationship which they believed would yield them the answer to their problem, or offer them the break they need in life, only to have their hopes shattered in irrecoverable pieces. Such people might have lost faith in God and man as a result, and life might have lost its lustre to them, while the prospect of success, destiny or fulfilling purpose holds no appeal whatsoever, making them settled for merely eking out a living and awaiting the inevitability of death.

Jesus came on account of this sect of people. He came to heal their hurting hearts and offer them hope against all hope. Some of us are likewise commissioned. We are called to attend to the needs of the downcast. The fact that Jesus came on account of them means that hope is not yet lost for them. So, we need not give up on them, even if they had given up on life. Things can still turn around for better.

If you have a particular burden to reach out to these people, perhaps, you are called to partner with Jesus in bringing succour to them and helping them experience a new lease of life. You will need a lot of patience to record any impact in this calling. Facts and statistics make no sense to those hurting, you must be able to connect with them before you can help them. To do this, you need the help of the Holy Spirit. That is the reason even Jesus acknowledged the role of the Spirit of the Lord in enabling Him to minister to these people. You should take a cue from Him.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Created to Lift and Repress

Purpose: Created to Lift and Repress

Purpose: Created to Lift and Repress

Then Simeon…said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many…
Luke 2:34

The above passage captures one of the purposes of Jesus Christ; He came to see the rise and the fall of many. Sounds contradictory, but very true; otherwise, the Bible wouldn’t have recorded it. And, even more veritable is the fact that some people have the same calling in life.

Until the coming of Jesus, religion was the order of the day and a lot of people, particularly so-called religious leaders, perpetrated all sorts of evil in the name of serving God. On the other hand, many people were considered as dregs of the society; they were oppressed and denied in the socio-political and economic order of the day until they had an encounter with Jesus. To the former, the coming of Jesus and His ministry signalled the end of their influence and their ultimate fall from prominence, that is if they were not smart enough to accept Him as their Lord. To those in the second category, an encounter with Jesus was all they needed to launch them from oblivion into the limelight.

Apart from Matthew, who was known because of his trade as a tax collector, most of the early disciples of Jesus were relatively unknown quantities until they became acquainted with Him. In fact, someone like Mary Magdalene would not have had a mention in the chronicles of her time, but for her encounter with Jesus. The disciples attained fame and significance as a result of their decision to subscribe to Jesus (Acts 4:13). In contemporary times, numerous individuals owe their rise in life to their encounter with Jesus.

Like Jesus, some individuals are called to be the facilitator of other people’s greatness. There are innumerable successes that would not have been if those who are successful had not benefitted from a chance meeting or relationship with certain individuals which proved instrumental to their launch in life. On the other hand, there are a lot of subterfuges that would not have been exposed if the schemer hadn’t encountered certain individuals who knowingly or inadvertently blew open their cover which resulted in their downfall.

Does the above sound like you? Then don’t stop doing your best to lift up good people and undoing the evil ones.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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