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Remember when you first stepped foot in the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God? From the very first service we attended, we marvelled at how the things of God started to make sense in a way they never had before.
We learned how to read the Word of God, to pray, and most importantly to use our faith – intelligent faith! And most importantly, throughout this journey of faith there was someone that God put in our path to teach us how to start living our life by faith.
For some of us, this person was an Assistant or a Pastor who, with a lot of patience, taught us the most basic things of faith that today are engrained into how we live our daily lives. Naturally, many of us develop a high regard for that person who never tired of holding us by the hand and helping us develop in our faith. Even though this esteem is admirable, for many, it has blinded them to the fact that every person in this world – no matter who they are – are inherently flawed and prone to let us down sooner or later.
“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:25
The Word of God calls us to look at the Bishop of our soul – the Lord Jesus. We cannot forget that no matter whom has helped us to grow in our faith, that person was an instrument in the work of God to do the will of the Bishop of our soul – the Lord Jesus.
The work of regeneration in us, was not done by an Assistant, Pastor or Bishop. That person was merely a tool in the hands of the Holy Spirit to perform the work that only God can do in us.
Examine yourself to see that you are not putting whoever helped you in the first steps of your faith, on a pedestal. It’s not a matter of if but when that person will disappoint you, because like you, they are human and consequently not perfect. We must remember that we can only expect perfection from the Bishop of our souls.
Many have stumbled in their faith and even fallen back into the world, because they were disappointed in someone they looked up to. Remember that Peter sank among the waves when he took his eyes off the Lord Jesus. That should tell us that the only one worthy of being idolised is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
P.S. If you see someone’s weaknesses or flaws, remember the long list of your own, and then pray for that person.