Monday, August 10, 2020

Remember Where You Came From

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Ephesians 2:11-13 (NET) Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “uncircumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands – that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
"Romans 11:20-21 (KJV) Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee."

Ugo got into the university through the scholarship of a good politician in her village. She didn't attend the kind of good secondary schools that her roommates and classmates attended, and she wasn't from affluent homes like them. Because she was wise, she never forgot where she was coming from (a poor and impoverished family in a poor village). She knew she had to be extra serious because she couldn't afford to fail. Unlike her roommates who lived riotously and sometimes got arrested and bailed out immediately by their influential parents, Ugo knew she couldn't afford that. Because Ugo never forgot where she was coming from and this made her extra serious, even though she had a weaker academic background, she performed more excellently that all her mates. She became a star in that school and got a very good job because of that.

Today's scripture is quite instructive to the believer who does not have a Jewish heritage. You see, there is a reason the Lord Jesus could only come through a very specific bloodline, and that reason is not a joke. But what He came to do for mankind trumps every ordinance or system before he came. He came so that in Him, even Gentiles like me can have hope of citizenship in God's kingdom.

As we rejoice in our new heritage in Christ, let us not forget where we are coming from. Let's not forget that we(our generation and bloodlines), were legally under slavery to very wicked dark powers of the world, and if we stop abiding in Christ, they would hastily seek to bring us back into their bondage and affliction.

Anyone who is in Christ is not inferior to any of God's creation in all of eternity. We have this privilege because of the sacrifice of Christ. Shouldn't he who has been forgiven much love much more?

Go into today asking the Lord to deliver you from the foolishness of forgetfulness.
"Lord, help me abide in you and be fruitful in every good work. Help me grow daily in the knowledge of God."
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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