A recently crowned king was asked; “How did it look like growing up in the palace. Was there a special tutoring into kingship?” His response was enlightening; “Every moment in the palace was full of lessons. The chiefs would show me how to behave and handle stuff if and when I become king.” He was instructed in kingdom living.
Friend, there is something like instruction in kingdom living. The issue with some Christians is not whether they are genuinely saved or not. It is a lack of proper instruction on how to live in the kingdom. The word of God is not only for exhortation and correction, it is also for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
Instructions are well taught guidance on how to carry out some sets of activities. It is an intentional tutoring on how to do things right. We don’t just live right by default, we need to be taught. By new creation, we have the nature of God in us but this nature has to be cultured and tutored if it would function as one (2 Peter 1:3-4).
As Christians, we need to function according to our nature. We need to add knowledge to our faith (2 Peter 1:5). Having been translated from darkness to God’s kingdom, we need to be taught how to live in this new kingdom (Colossians 1:13, Galatians 4:1-2). We must not transfer Egyptian system into God’s system. We must seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
The word of God must guide us in how to talk, dress, do business and live generally in the world, else, we won’t shine as we should as lights (Philippians 2:15, 1 Peter 2:9). Like King Lemuel, we need parents who would instruct (Proverbs 31:1). We need mentors and pastors who would take time to teach and guide their congregation.
The problem sometimes is not that church people are bad, it is that they are not rightly taught. Don’t blame them if you don’t train them. As a well taught Christian, don’t drop your consecration for the corruption in the world (Daniel 1:8, 2 Peter 1:4). You are different!
© ‘Demola Awoyele
Destiny Impact Church