Saturday, March 5, 2011

2011 March 5 - Morning Manna

Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: (Titus 1:1-5).

Today's Morsel:  As capable as Paul was, he never succumbed to taking on more than he could handle or isolating himself from others.  Paul didn't see himself as superman or some super hero, as some folk seem to think they are.  Paul was a leader, like his Master, Jesus, who trained others and let them carry the torch as well.  As we see in Titus, Paul was willing to relinquish authority to others so they could do what needed to be done for the kingdom.   Many folks have a "Lone Ranger" mentality.  They live with the belief that they can correct any wrong, beat the world into submission, be successful at anything, and that they never need help from anyone.  They wear a mask of denial, and their silver bullet is engraved with the word Egoist.  When Jesus sent out His first disciples, He sent them out by two.  You never see in scripture where they went alone.  We need that accountability to others.  Jesus sent them out by two because He knew that there would be support and encouragement from the other.  Solomon said, "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Jesus didn't want them to be alone in following Him.  When Paul traveled, he brought others along with him for support, help, and encouragement.  God said of Adam, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him"(Genesis 2:18).  God has made us so that we hunger for relationships with others.  If we deny that hunger, then we endanger our own emotions and spiritual well-being.  Do you know what is the most segregated day of the week is?  Sunday.  Racism always shows it's ugly head on Sunday.

Sing:  You're my brother, your my sister, so take me by the hand; together we will work until He comes; there's no foe that can defeat us, when we're walking side by side, as long as there is love, we can stand.

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