First Posted on August 14, 2010 now updated.
My mother was one who believed in Proverbs 13:24 (S)He that spareth the rod hateth his(her) son: but (s)he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes”. – I had to use the KJV because it was during that age when they still believed in not sparing the rod. Mom was the one who took responsibility for discipline in the home for dad was not always around and we were glad for it because she was gentler. Many were the times we had to respond to her question “So what did you learn?” She applied this equitably to my siblings too, with no favorites. Answers came grudgingly but lessons were well learnt and perhaps you noticed them in my blogs?
When I was of school-going age my teachers asked – Do you understand? Do you need any clarification? Do you have any comment? My response was often just an absent minded nod, a frown, or I hoped somebody would ask that bugging question. Were the lessons learnt? They were evident when the test/examination results were released and promotions based on those results were released for it meant going to A, B or C class, Arts or Science or in-between and affected our future interests and progression in life.
As a Vice Head prefect in the school – I had to respond when my peers were in danger, in error or needed a hand to help. It became a natural response to help someone find her way. When I had to be a witness during disciplinary sessions, I had to respond fairly, being accurate with my facts and help justice prevail.
As a Shooter in the school netball team, I had to pick the netball at times, pass the netball (no dribbling allowed) or shoot it into the net. Each game won competitively meant that I had responded appropriately in team spirit and unity.
As a member of the school table tennis team, I had to be swift to respond to the attacks of the opponent and strategically screw the balls on to the table top so my opponent would not be able to respond. How effective I was in response resulted in a win or lose for me and my team.
When I was studying for my degree –I had to read lots, choosing the gems and discarding the extraneous. It meant getting the distinctions or just the pass by a whisker.
At work, I was expected to respond professionally How I responded was evident in my pay, pay raise, reputation, promotion and career. I tried to give fair service for fair wages. The toughest responses related to being a servant of God or man? With godly fear, or fear of men? With good conscience before God rather than be menpleasers? To own up for wrongs done or to sweep under the carpet or pass the buck?
“Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Jesus Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done; and there is no respect of persons” (Colossians 3:24,25)
“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with goodwill doing service and to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”
All my life I have been regular in attending any one or more of these as just a novice participant or a leader – Sunday School, Children’s church, Church Youth Fellowship, Christian fellowship at school or tertiary institution , Church services, revival services, healing campaigns, mission trips –at the end of each session, I was taught, corrected or convicted to respond to the messages presented through stories, songs or sermon. I was taught to respond after reading God’s Word, hearing His call, receiving His mercy, pursuing sanctification, presented with the mission of the gospel of peace, seeing harvest fields white unto harvest, confronted with seeds germinating and struggling, souls desperately fighting for their lives against an unrelenting enemy without knowing whose they are and Who will fight for them. Always in my ear were the words “Today if you hear my voice, harden not your heart.”
My response will result in either “opportunity lost forever” or “opportunity gained which brings a smile to my Lord” – to receive, to grow, be strengthened, be filled with His love and His Spirit, anointed, to send the message, to go, to help, to heal the broken-hearted. Strike while the iron is hot! And not when passion is cold.
As I read the blogs on ChristianBlessings will my response be slow as a dinosaur learning the tools. Today – can I not respond to say I have read? I have something to add? I have something to say? For not only will it cause me to search myself, but I might help someone along the way in understanding, experience, help lift up hands which hang down, encourage someone to continue blogging and passing the Word to others, pray or just bring a smile for Jesus.
Will you join me in blessing Jesus, others and yourself in J-O-Y- ful response to the blogs which are presented inspired by the Spirit and with the seeming blood,sweat and tears in effort of the bloggers? What effort you say if the Spirit inspires and anoints? It is first the conviction of the Spirit, the application to life, the lesson learnt, the expression to communicate the message. Hebrews 3:7 So the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” and as the blogger can harden his heart or respond in a blog, so must you dear readers. If the Spirit has spoken through a blog, do respond for your life application which can help someone else in similar strait, or as encouragement to the blogger. It will help all round to move one more step closer to be like Jesus or to live for Jesus.
How will you respond today? Won’t you respond?
Thank God He still gives us choices
Even if it is a seeming NIL response
For if you have seen your face in the mirror of the blog
You cannot walk away untouched.