Bow Down

We have come to the end of the year. Most of us are asking questions about the year’s achievements. “What do I take away from the year?” The answer to this question lies in what you set out to pursue at the start of the year.

There are two pursuits that drive most of our goals. Wisdom or more accurately knowledge, and wealth. True? Let me show you why that statement is true.

The search for knowledge has taken us to college. Many of us are doing MBA, right? Others CPA, CPS and ACCA. We are looking for more papers. Many Kenyans are now proud owners of iPads and iPhones. Information is readily available. The cable has brought loads of info to us, and the gadgets are bringing it home. A few days ago I saw an advert of internet TV, I think am a little behind. We love 411 – breaking news, the latest news from around the world. We want to be in the know and to contribute intelligently to debates around us.

Back at home, we are glued to talk shows. We want to know how to attract the jamaa and how to fix our relationships and how to lose weight (slim possible is answered prayer for most husbands, and their so-eager-to-loose-weight wives am told). How many of you watch Dr Phil? Or cheaters? Or the local sexologist? Magazines and dailies tell us 10 secrets to wealth and great sex. We love knowledge. In fact, any high sounding preacher in town will get a great following because Kenyans love new info.

That is search for wisdom. What about wealth? Most Kenyans go for an MBA so as to earn more. Chamas are no longer the preserve of a few. They are a national outfit. Pyramid schemes made their money, now promotions are standing in to harvest from the get-rich-quick Kenyans. Kwachua, Tazama Chapa, and others. Many are relocating to Dubai or Qatar or South Sudan, in search of money. Am told most relationships these days are money motivated. When a jamaa says to a woman Sasa, they answer, Vitz or Flat! Most people relate to the money of the man or woman, not the person. It’s pretty messed up, isn’t it?

These are two major pursuits in life: knowledge and riches. People will sacrifice family, neglect pleasure, burn the midnight oil, risk going into prison and go into debt in pursuit of these two. Many of us are happier that we are so much richer. Others are disappointed that we lost out on wealth. A few more celebrate their diplomas and degrees – how many of you graduated this year? But the real question we are asking is this: What is the meaning of life? What does it matter that I am rich or I have knowledge? We are searching for significance!

I found some characters in the Christmas story who seem to have had the same goal in life: to get rich and acquire wisdom. They did… but they went beyond it!

Read Mattew 2:1-12

A few things to note here:

  • A star led the royal astrologers to the newborn king (God spoke their language) – every profession is meant to point us to God. The study of the stars shows us the greatness of our God.
  • The truth of scripture confirmed their claims – The word of God is the manual of life. “In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, and the word was God… The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1,14) The word of God gives us divine wisdom for life. The wise man said the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom.
  • When they found the king, they worshipped him with their riches – The duty of man is to worship God. To honor him and to bow before him with all we are and all we have. Wealth cannot be an end in itself. The search of knowledge as well. These pursuits will turn futile if they do not end up at the feet of the newborn king.

Without Jesus, Life is meaningless.

Solomon asked God for wisdom, and got riches as well. He wrote hundreds of proverbs. He ran a kingdom that the richest of the earth in the 21st century would only dream about. He studied plants, could name different kinds of birds and had an amazing palace. He was all that. But listen to what he says: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Everything is meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 12:8)

Without Jesus, Life is meaningless.

Go ahead and make money. Lots of it. In fact pray about it. But remember, it all takes up meaning at the feet of the Christmas baby. Seek knowledge, and find as much wisdom as you can. But remember, wisdom without God is futility. Jesus said, Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added unto you.

You have made money this year, or it avoided your address. Money or no money, meaning comes when we bow down at his feet. Do not make 2012 a year of chasing after the wind. We were made for worship. The vacuum inside of you can only be filled by God. Bow down at his feet.

Without Jesus, Life is meaningless.

What does it really mean to bow down at the feet of Jesus?

  • Use your wisdom and riches in a godly way
  • Reject wrong ways of acquiring wealth and gaining wisdom
  • Surrender your life to God is salvation and obedience

So what do we do?

A – Acknowledge the areas where you have not worshipped God with your wisdom and wealth, and ask for forgiveness (corruption, arrogance, self-sufficiency, meanness)

B – Bow before God with all you have. Surrender it all to him.

C – Commit to walk with others in this life of worship. Friends who can tell you and truth in love, encourage you and walk with you.

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One Response to “Bow Down”

  1. Bow Down

    This was so powerful! So many times we let temporary things distract us from what is truly important; God. If our relationship with Christ is not where it’s meant to be, our lives will forever be void regardless of our other “achievements”,

    Seek Him before all other things, and you will have all you will ever need.

    This post has blessed me.

    M.

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