Kimberley Reflections – 13 June – Revd Martha Sejeso

Morning my sisters and brothers in Christ.
Our reflections this morning are guided by Psalm 18: 1-31, Numbers 3: 1-13 and Galatians 6:11-18.
This morning we will look at the last section of the letter of Paul to the Galatians. Pauls says in Galatians 6:14 “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world”. To be a Christian is not an easy task and it requires us denying ourselves. It requires our allegiance to be shown not by worship and words only but also by how we live our lives.
Furthermore Galatians 2:20 says “and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me”. We are representatives of Christ and we make him known in this world by doing the will of God. This should be our daily task no matter where we find ourselves whether at church or at home. For at times we want to act differently depending where we find ourselves.
A story is told of a wife and a husband. They were having problems in their home. The wife was a person who had two personalities. One personality she had was of a faithful church goer. The other personality she had was one of a bad person in her house and to her husband. She struggled to take the husband to church because he knew about her two personalities. He once went to church and saw how lovely the wife would be when she was at church and he thought to himself, if this religion condones people to pretend in the midst of their God but live lives that are hurtful to others when they exit the gates of the church, then I would not go to worship here as it does not encourage a life that their God (Jesus) lived.
“From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body” (Galatians 6:17). Today we do not have, like Paul, marks on our bodies, but we still represent Christ in the world. How then do we then distinguish ourselves from the world? How do people know we are Christians? The answer to these questions, I would like to believe, depends on how we live our daily lives. The way we treat our neighbours, how we treat our families or even a stranger on the corner of a street. We do not cease to be Christians when we think no one is watching us.
I wonder, if we as Christians had marks on our foreheads that state “I am a Christian”, would we then act more like Christians when not in the vicinity of the church? We know early Christians had a debate about the symbol of being circumcised and that entailed that they were to become and align themselves with their religion. However, for Paul it was not about being circumcised or not, it was about being a new person in Christ.
I would like to suggest that every day allows us an opportunity to become better Christians. Christians who seek to be like Christ in all corners of their lives, not by words only but by deeds. As the first Letter of John 3:18 states “Little children, let us love not in word or speech but in truth and action”.
I would like to conclude with the concluding verses of a beautiful morning hymn by John Keble, verses 4 & 5.
“The trivial round, the common task,
will furnish all we need to ask
room to deny ourselves
a road to bring us daily nearer God
Only, O Lord, in thy dear love
fit us for perfect rest above;
and help us, this and every day,
to live more nearly as we pray.”
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters, Amen. (Galatians 6:18).
Rev Martha Seteso