Scripture Reading: Genesis 39:4-6
Today the good Lord wants us to have a true understanding of what it means to be the head and not the tail. Beloved in Christ, being the “head” has nothing to do with how materially prosperous one has become. It has to do with how relevant you are because you honestly obey the commands of the Lord. Joseph had the Spirit of God in Him and so pursued excellence and holiness all through his life. In Potiphar’s house, in the prison and in the whole empire of Egypt, Joseph’s fear of God counted for him. Hear what Pharaoh said about Joseph, “Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the SPIRIT of God is?” (NKJV, GENESIS 41:38) A Christian writer has this to say about “being the head and not the tail, “We must comprehend our own standing in relation to the Lord’s position. Our job is to obey the Lord’s commands and follow His teachings, however, humbling they may seem. The Lord, then, has the position and authority to raise us up in good standing among men, as He sees fit and as it brings glory and honour to His name. We are not to TAKE the position of being the head, but allow the Lord to bestow it upon us. It is a blessing, not a right. We cannot declare it to be so, if the Lord has not allowed it. And the Lord has only suggested He would make us the head and not the tail if and only if we obey all of his commands. In the world’s eyes, you may never appear to be the head and not the tail. But that is okay. As long as you are following the Lord and obeying all His commands, it does not matter what you look like to the world. You are not allowed to declare, you are the head of anything; this is for the Lord to bestow upon you.” The Scripture says in 1 Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” A person’s real worth is measured by his relationship with his Maker.
MASS: GREEN/RED NUM. 11:4b-15; Ps. 81:12-13.14-15.16-17(R.2a); Accl. Matt 4:4b; Matt. 14:22-36
Prayer Points:
1. Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of this new day. I adore You because of Your goodness.
2. Lord help, me to fight to be at the top but to allow the fullness of the operation of the Holy Spirit in my life.
3. O Lord, let me count greatness only by Your standards and qualifications, and not by my own merits and achievements.
4. Holy Spirit of the living God, remain always with me.
5. Everything that has made the Holy Spirit to be away from me, depart now in thy name of Jesus.
Exercise: Take a decision today to start serving God in one aspect of the church’s life.
Meditation: Psalms 3:3