A sheep or a Wolf

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.”

As you might have already guessed, the scripture above is a compounded idiomatic expression. There is no large house, neither are there articles, ceteris paribus.

In a large house” is a simile Paul used to connote the embodiment of a church system. He uses an indirect illustration of gold and silver in relation to godly, true, and upright Christians. While wood and clay represent deceivers, wolves under sheep’s clothing, heretical teachers, falsifiers… all hiding under the shadow of Christianity.

This explains how God’s house (the church) is filled with numerous counts of people. A flock mixed with both goats and sheep(s). “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Also, beware of satanic cults claiming to be Christ infused.

Apparently, not all “God-calling” associations are churches, and neither are all “self-proclaiming pastors” true/ordained servants of God. We are responsible for our beliefs! Don’t get drifted by sweet words, energetic charismas, and ravishing outward appearances; but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

God never sleeps, neither does the devil. Does that ring a bell? Just as much as Christ wants us to be saved, the devil also works in dire and full opposition. Surely, he (the devil) is bound to fail, but try not getting entangled by his snares.

May God’s insight prevail in our hearts.

[I conclude with this paraphrase]
In this sacred house at Ephesus there are vessels of gold and silver – eminent, holy, sincere, and useful teachers and members, and also vessels of wood and clay – false and heretical teachers.

[The main scriptural reference is gotten from 2 Timothy 2]

-Pacesetter Abbey
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© March 2017

 

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It’s not all about you

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I was walking by one day when I heard two friends arguing. One of them said something I know a good number of people are familiar with: ‘It’s my life. I can do whatever I want’.  That is a very wrong mentality that too many people have. The same wrong orientation many of us have imbibed and this goes a long way to influence our actions, decisions, approach and attitude to life. Whether we like it or not, our life does not belong to us alone. Even if we do not have family and friends or anyone close to us, there is no way someone will not be affected either directly or indirectly by the things we do.

Think of it this way, if you buy a plot of land and someone has a farm just next to you, would you say, “it’s my land;I can do whatever I want…

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The story of a Man

Crawling Crawling on the ground

a wet napkin dripping around

Sleeping, crying, all the way

Without rest the mother sways

Lets go, lets go, so they say

Without a destination, they go astray

Hide and seek, seek and hide

This is the story of a child

 

Growing Growing, what a change

Straining free from his chains

Leaping, jumping, into the world

With his sight getting blurred

It is well, it is well, so he believed

Girded his loins, in quest to be redeemed

Fad and pleasures, pleasures and fad

This is the story of a lad

 

Falling, Rising, so is life

Discipline and diligence, his two wives

Left and right, two different paths

Take the right one, and avoid the pit

Failure, Success, choose your drive

Meeting with strife, trying to survive

Plan and harvest, harvest and plan

This is the story of a man

 

Pacesetter Abbey

© March 2017

Learning from a football game

“You can’t score a goal if you don’t take a shot.”
-A soccer quote

I’m not a football fan, but I’ve learnt few things from this enthralling sport over the years.

A football field can be compared to a life stage. Your team consists of your family, friends, and supporters, while your opponents are mainly strangers lurking around to challenge you (teachers, employers, haters, government agencies, et cetera). You can’t avoid your opponents, neither can they avoid you. That’s why a choice has to be made, the choice to win or lose.

Winning or Losing is a choice made long before the commencement of every match. These choices are made through rigorous trainings, disciplinary acts, pain-endurance, discomfort, and most importantly, faith. Faith is important::: to receive, start by believing. Regardless of how fierce and skillful your opponents might be, FAITH can WIN. But don’t forget, “faith without work is dead.”

In the process of playing, there would be warnings, injuries, dismissals, fights, arguments, misunderstandings, confusion, disharmony, and so on. All these are bound to happen, they are normal, it only becomes abnormal the moment they start controlling you. Don’t just quit in the middle of your journey, you are already in pain, persevere until your aim is achieved. No one cuts off his hand because of a bruise, they nurture the wound until it heals. Learn to contain and absorb oppositions, they are only trying to distract you from attaining your goals.

Always remember that, losing a match is noting but a lesson, learn from it and keep playing. Every successful team started out as a failure.

Don’t quit in the middle of a match, always play till the end.
Victory Awaits You!

-Pacesetter Abbey
#ThePacesetters

#PsAby

Little Beginnings

The journey to the top starts from the bottom; every tree started as a seed; even the artic ocean was once a lake.

“Little beginnings” is not an abnormality, it is in fact natural. No man was born an adult, we all started from being a cell, then transformed into an embryo – a blastocyst – a foetus – and then conceived as a child.

That being said, it seems every natural thing starts small, with time they grow in strength and agility, before you know it, they become humongous.

Life is natural, and so are you. Follow the path of consistent progress, and steer clear of disdainful shortcuts. Shortcuts simply means “an alternative route.” There is no alternative to natural growth, beware of the path you take, be content with where you are, be sure of your progress (growth), and most importantly, let God be your guide.

Big things often have small beginnings.

-Pacesetter Abbey
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After Hardship Comes Hapiness

Nothing is New Under The Sun

The ways of the ancient(s) are mirrors to the contemporary ages

The Devil of the past is no different from the evil that persist

The hubris (arrogance) of men neither grows nor shrinks, static it stays

Innocents incarcerated, yet the guilt knows liberty

The past is the present, but the present isn’t the past

Life on earth is natural, but the mind of the heart is supernatural

What point am I making?

Evil won’t decrease, but the good we do can increase

Terrorism might not cease, but pacifism will always arise

Corruption can be difficult to control, but the honesty of men can always be cajoled

It all starts from within

Let your heart do the works, only then shall your might be brought to light

“After Hardship comes Happiness.”

#ThePacesetters

©  Pacesetter Abbey
July 2016