Categories
#spiritualintelligence

Spiritual Intelligence: A Near Miss

As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?”

Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, honor your father and mother.”

He said, “Teacher, I have—from my youth—kept them all!”

Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.”

The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go.

Wow… This wealthy young man, much loved and admired by the God of the Universe, turned down a call to His apprenticeship programme.

Friends not all are called, and not all are chosen. In fact some offers were turned down and redirected, like in the case with the demon possessed man in Gerasenes;

Later, a great many people from the Gerasene countryside got together and asked Jesus to leave—too much change, too fast, and they were scared. So Jesus got back in the boat and set off. The man whom he had delivered from the demons asked to go with him, but he sent him back, saying, “Go home and tell everything God did in you.” So he went back and preached all over town everything Jesus had done in him.

But unlike the demon possessed man, the rich young ruler was in a privileged position; for he was of the crop of Israel, and a beneficiary of The Covenant. Sadly, like many today with misdirected priorities, he was too entangled with the affairs of this present life, making it very difficult to make a transition into a more meaningful life experience. In the words of the great teacher;

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

This fella was so close, yet so far – what a miss?! I pray that the desires of our Present Self does not rob us of the glorious inheritance of our Future Self.

20140307-055413.jpg

~ Sabali

Categories
#spiritualintelligence

Spiritual Intelligence: Do You See What I See?

Do you see what I see my dear friends? Something has badly gone wrong… Our priorities have been hijacked and misguided. Like Naomi, we need to return home, return to our first love, return to power and strength!

As a backdrop, lets consider this passage;

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

I always find this account captured in Matthew’s Gospel fascinating. Even though these men had wealth, honour, power, influence and intelligence, they still recognised the place of God in their lives. So it saddens me to see spirit filled believers, chasing what these fellas had at the expense of what they have.

It was Jesus’ burning desire that we recognise, protect and nurture what we have, so we don’t lose it or have it stolen by our adversary, hence he said:

So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.

We fast forward after Jesus’ death and we stumble across Peter’s stern rebuke to Simon when he tried to offer them money in exchange for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said,

Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!”

Peter said, “To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that’s unthinkable—trying to buy God’s gift! You’ll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust.

Little wonder why this subject came up again in John’s revelation on the Isle of Patmos, as a note of caution to us:

Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You’ve gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.

Lets us pray. Lord help us to recognise, protect and nurture your gift to us. Help us to make the right choices, help us to prioritise our lives, help us to lead praiseworthy lives – amen.

20140304-062003.jpg

~ Sabali

Categories
#spiritualintelligence

Spiritual Intelligence: Affluenza

Affluenza…

Also known as Sudden Wealth Syndrome, is a social theory which claims that as wealth increases, the lines between right and wrong becomes blurred.

There has never been a time in human history when the world has experienced wealth and affluence as we do today. With technological advancement, we see nations emerging at lightning speed from obscurity into prosperity. We are wealthier and healthier! Sadly as wealth increases, so also has self worship, people worship and technology worship.

A look back in history, we see an eagle-eyed Moses warning the citizens of an emerging nation of the dangers of loosing sight of their spiritual well being at the expense of material wealth, just after he had led them out of slavery, oppression and poverty, into their Wealthy Place. In his words;

But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth

Friends, true wealth comes with joy and peace – its a blessing from God. It is to be deployed as a force for good, and not for self gratification. It should be an extension of God’s love towards humanity by custodians.

In the words of Candace Pert (High IQ Neurochemist who codiscovered Opiate Receptors):

I don’t feel awe for the brain. I feel awe for God. I see in the brain all the beauty of the universe and its order—constant signs of God’s presence.”

As we seek the Giver and not the gift, may we find lasting strength and wisdom.

20140121-070718.jpg

~ Sabali