“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
– Matthew 10:16 NKJV
Welcome to the 20th weekly devotional recap of the year. This week, we learnt that believers ought to boldly propagate the truth in different fields of influence such as Politics, Economics, Media, and Music.
We started this week by learning about the importance of believers in Politics. God instructs us to pray for our leaders. But more than that, He desires that believers occupy leadership positions. Daniel, Esther and Joseph (Daniel 6: 26, Esther 8, Genesis 41) are examples of believers who brought change for God through politics. We need to rise and take our place in governance and policymaking. It makes it easier to spread the truth.
On Tuesday, we examined the early church’s approach towards finances and material possessions. The Church abounded in generosity, sharing all they had with each other (Acts 2:44-45, Acts 4:32-34). Let us take a clue from the early church and view our resources as a means to finance The Gospel and prosper the Church, regardless of how much or little we have (2 Corinthians 8:1-4). Generosity should remain a priority in the body of Christ, even today.
Wednesday’s article emphasised the power of media; and how the devil has used it to push the anti-Christ agenda for years. Jesus Christ admonishes us to be wise as serpents (Matthew 10:16). Therefore, we must find subtle and strategic ways to introduce the truth to the world; through media. We must also push Christ’s agenda by supporting, sponsoring, and sharing clean content.
On Thursday, we were instructed to be mindful of the kinds of music we listen to (1 Corinthians 10:23). Music has many benefits but not all kinds of music are edifying. We must expose our hearts only to music that edifies by curating gospel playlists and praising God at all times (Philippians 4:8). We should also encourage fellow believers who make wholesome and edifying music by attending their concerts and sharing their music.
Friday’s article charged us to boldly take up spaces for Christ. We live in a vices-filled world, controlled and funded by influential people. As believers, it is not enough to boycott channels that propagate falsity. We must shine forth our light by speaking the truth; and to do that effectively, we need to be influential. We must be ambitious for a selfless cause – The Gospel; just like David was when Goliath challenged God (I Samuel 17).
All the articles this week encouraged us to take up spheres of influence for Christ. It is time to go into the field and do the work. But to do this, we must first pray and ask God to embolden and direct us on how to use our platforms to His glory. This is how we fulfil our purpose of knowing God and making Him known.
Have a great weekend!
Bible Reading Plan: 1 Samuel 15-17