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Spiritual Intelligence: Food For The Soul

In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”

Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

Jesus said this emphatically to His audience, in a view to paint a mental picture in their minds of true worship, and His assignment while on planet earth.

Good morning friends. I submit to you this morning that some people know what they ought to be doing, but they lack the will and knowledge of how to accomplish it; for these people life is evidently frustrating. Some see life as a collection of experiences; to them life is just an experience to be occupied with fleeting pleasures and vain toil. And finally, there are those that are clear on: what life is, the seasons and times, and how they fit into it all.

With this in mind you might be wondering what your purpose in life is. Well, let me stir you a little using Jesus’ response to a certain lawyer who asked Him the same question; sadly, with the wrong motive. In any case, Jesus replied:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and ‘your neighbor as yourself

So dear friends the key to a purposeful life can be found in the key to eternal life. And we can achieve this by denying ourselves the “pleasures” and vain glory a spiritually bankrupt life has to offer, and apply His guidance and teaching in our lives daily. Jesus sets a precedence, His life was a life of love demonstrated in service to God and humanity.

In closing, let’s ponder over this paradigm shift from our opening verses:

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

Get up and let’s start now, what are you waiting for? Stop procrastinating, the time is drawing near, and Jesus is coming soon. He comes with judgement and rewards. Judgement for time wasters, and rewards for true and faithful witnesses.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Are You Cold As Ice, Or Willing To Sacrifice?

And the Lord said:

I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.

Good morning friends. I submit to you that The bible is a living book. It provides readers and scholars with insight into the past, present and future. It opens up humankind’s struggle with free will, the influence of the unseen world over us, and our vulnerabilities to the physical world. Summarised in my words as the conundrum between the lost spirit, and self-centred body.

Inspite of advancements in technology, we are still far from understanding, yet alone finding solutions to pain, suffering and evil. In Paul’s effort to make sense of our propensity for evil, he put forward this argument;

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.

So back to my opening texts. Friends, as He did thousands of years ago, He still sees, hears, and knows the pain and suffering facing our world today. His heart bleeds every passing second for our pain and suffering, but He needs our cooperation to intervene. Like Moses, are we willing to listen? Are we willing to be sent? Are we willing to partner? Are we willing to sacrifice ours for the greater good? Or are we busy having a ME festival (mefest)?

Lord, have mercy.

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~ Sabali