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HIGHEST MARK OF SPIRITUALITY
Jesus Christ who is Lord and King, the Messiah and God, who is also the Christian standard of perfection, revealed a quality that most Christians never press to have. Many go into marathon fasting for power and anointing, some for deliverance and breakthrough, some for healing and miracle, but only few that sincerely set out quality days of fasting and prayer for possessing the highest mark of a godly man or woman.
What is this highest mark you may ask? Many who come to church are thinking “tithe and offerings” to be the highest mark or deed of a spiritual man. Others also are thinking marathon fasting and prayer is the mark. Some also who are passionate after God thinking “giving to the poor and needy” to be the highest hallmark of a spiritual man or woman.
Why all these listed are very good and helpful to the spiritual life, yet, they are not the highest mark or sign of a man that has gone far spiritually. In fact, you may do all these listed and still miss the kingdom of God. There are ministers of God who are busy with God’s work but have not the quality, this highest mark of attainment of godliness.
As nice and good moral dressing is, I mean dressing morally or in moderation , it is still not an inch of spirituality. The christian believers are to cloth and adorn themselves according to Scriptural principles. Yet as good as this may be it is still not the highest mark of spirituality.
Now let us consider what Jesus made a standard as highest mark of a spiritual, godly and holy man. Remember Jesus Christ is God, and knows exactly what is the standard of perfection or Holiness:
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
If a wise believer is to measure his spiritual progression, it should not be base on prayer life and Bible reading life, well as good as these are, it is still possible to do all these without LOVE. But It should be measured by the love he has toward all men, both friends and foes, and the love he has towards God. Paul the apostle by revelation gave the rate of love above good works, speaking in tongues, performing of miracles, helping the needy, you can read 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. The most holiest man on earth is a man perfected in love towards God and men.
There are some things that are revealed that God is, as relating to His nature. God gets angry, God is jealous, God is holy etc. But one thing remarkable about God that vividly defines His activities, nature and actions is just LOVE. If God is jealous is because of love, if God is angry is because of love, if God is holy he expresses it in love, if God is good he manifests it in love. Even if God delays your answered prayers it is because of His love. For God is Love:
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
Can you the Bible passage above (1 John 4:8) again and again till it becomes rhema in you?
I remember few years back. I went to a church for worship, and after the church service, they called for tithes and offerings. With me was just an amount of money, I did really want to use from that money. So I decided not to give out offerings. But while I sat down, the Spirit of God whispered to me not just to collect a fraction of the money with me to give, but that I should go to the offering box and surrender all the money to Him. Well, I fought with the Holy Spirit in my heart, because that was hard for me to do and the money was the only money I had with me in the world, and I wanted to use it to eat and meet little of my needs. But then, I resisted the Holy Spirit, after a little while in battle in my heart, I surrendered in tears in my heart I went straight to the offering box at front of the podium, and I surrendered all the money left with me to God. After I did that my heart began to beat faster, Fear of the future. So after the service that day, I was to passed through the entrance door to exit out of the church, immediately a man just came to me and got hold of my right hand, the next thing I saw He gave me the same amount of money I surrendered to God. Instantly I almost screamed, I was so shock. Then right there I heard the voice of God telling that I should LOVE Him with my all.
It is more easy to profess love than to practise love under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Loving God because you can give a fraction of your money and time to God is not really genuine, but when God demands all of your money and time then you will known if you truly love God. Singing and preaching love is just mere professionalism, if you have not the love of God then you are not godly. Who is a godly man? But he that has love, for God is love. In our previous studies we were taught about becoming slave to Christ. It is only love that can make you to be a faithful servant of His. Love is greater than spiritual gifts, love is greater than fame and wealth. Love is the root of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is Love that can make you obey Christ. Those disobedience to Him has no love for Him. Those committing sin have no love for Christ. If you love Christ you will love your neighbours. If you then love your neighbour you cannot speak evil of them, be in malice with them, give to the needy and poor, help the helpless, preach to the perishing etc.
We should start crying for a heart of Love. We should give much time to pray for a heart of true love for God and neighbours. Love is the highest mark of a man walking in the Spirit.
© Peterson A. Abu
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