Spiritual Intelligence: The Door

Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Good morning friends. The use of metaphors to describe oneself is a very powerful tool for self discovery. It is very simple and easy to implement in one-to-one or group settings. In its most simplistic application, it can be used as an icebreaker with a view to getting to know participants below their facade. At an in depth level, it can draw out participants’ intuitive self; and how it might affect their world view; this concept is widely known as Metaphor Coaching.

Jesus used a lot of metaphors in His preaching and teaching ministry. In these verses; He describes Himself as “the door”, His audience as the sheep, and the devil and his agents as thieves or hirelings. Doors lead us to passages, corridors, rooms, exits, entrances, stairs etc., in the same vain He opens their minds to endless possibilities by using this metaphor. He takes them on an extraordinary journey, explaining the various dynamics in the relationship between each subject, and finally he crystallises his presentation with a prophecy about His death and resurrection.

However, it was still far fetched for His disciples and followers, as the idea of His death as an atonement for sins, and His resurrection; were perhaps still contentious today as it was then. He said:

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father

These words reminds me of David’s testimony to Saul as he tries to convince the young shepherd to reconsider his decision to fight against the vicious and more experienced giant by the name, Goliath. But in response, David said:

“Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

The level of his commitment to the sheep in his care was unquestionable. He puts his life in harm’s way to ensure that they are kept safe from predators, he provides shelter for them from the elements, and green pastures for their nourishment.

I close this thought with a passage captured by Matthew. I believe it highlights the difference between Jesus’ commitment to His fold, and that of David or any other leader in humankind’s history:

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!


~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: Patriot Missile

Patriot (Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept On Target) is a surface-to-air missile system. It is designed to detect, target and then hit an incoming missile that may be no more than 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) long and is typically flying at three to five times the speed of sound. The upgraded Patriot system can also destroy incoming aircraft and cruise missiles.

Good morning friends. The call to faith is a call to serve humanity. It is a call to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength; and, I hasten to add, to love our neighbours as ourselves. I don’t know about you, but to me, this is a super patriotic call to duty.

Sadly, in recent times the word patriot has been reduced to political gimmicks and shallow ideologies based on people’s fears and selfish interests. Opportunistic politicians and civil servants play on the masses’ anxieties, exaggerating issues, misrepresenting or misinterpreting data, and claiming to have the antidotes – all in the name of nationalism. They battle it out among themselves, using policies aimed at feeding the fears of the people. Therefore words like: we will protect, we will defend, we will provide, we will fight; become prevalent in their lexicon, deployed as sound bites in political broadcasts and campaigns to provide false comfort to citizens.

But friends, a true patriot is one who serves the heavenly king and loves all humanity regardless of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, background or creed. In the words of Paul on this very interesting subject, he said to his audience:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

With this in mind, allow me to redefine the word patriot:

One who vigorously supports God’s kingdom (His will and purpose for planet earth), and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors (dark spiritual forces).

We have the perfect example in the life of Jesus, which He articulated to His audience using this analogy:

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep

To further strengthen this thought, let us now press the rewind button to the very beginning of time, to the book of Genesis and pause at the point humankind was created. God’s instructions to our ancestors was:

Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

Dear friends, anything invented or created has a purpose. Without a clearly defined purpose, the creation or invention is likely to be unfit or not fit for purpose; as a result it is discarded. We are spiritual Patriot Missiles: designed to detect, target and then hit any incoming missile in the spirit realm. Called to consecration. Called to stand in prayer, stand in the word of faith, and stand with righteous decrees.

In one of His last words to those closest to Him, He said:

Occupy till I come!

And this we will do until the return of the King of kings, and The Lord of lords!


~ Sabali

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