Christ is Your Environment (Part Eight) The Companions of Knowledge (2)

Continued from the last episode:

However, Apostle Peter went ahead to suggest to the believers that to their self-control they should add patience. This is very essential in the life of any believer, because without patience, no matter how much faith therein in a believer, the strength of the faith cannot fully manifest. It is important for a believer to have faith and also develop it, but the pillar faith stands is the believer’s level of patience. If the believer lacks patience his faith will definitely fail him. This is because if situations crop up in the life of the believer, it takes faith to say no or not to recognize the existence of the situation but while the situation lasts it takes patience to cope in it. Therefore, what consumes the pain of the situation is patience while faith neutralizes its existence.

This implies that a believer without patience can be a victim of abortive process in his life though he has faith. Patience therefore, galvanizes the faith of the believer because a believer that has rooted himself into being patient will definitely overcome situations and mostly achieve better results in his life. Apostle Paul while writing to the Ephesians in his epistle says and I quote “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Eph 6:18). Here, the word he used is perseverance which means patience. The example he used here is in praying and this is where the patience a believer is tried mostly, because there is this tendency for quick answers to prayers and is very important for a believer to wait and wait in this aspect. The ability to wait for answers when a believer has prayed matters and that is why Apostle Paul admonishes believers thus “watching thereunto with all perseverance”. The word watching here implies a continuous thing, meaning waiting. 

The waiting or watching is patience in action; the praying is the demonstration of faith in action. It is understandable that praying is like when one has gone to plant seeds on a farmland, the seeds have to undergo the process of germination and thereafter the process of growth and afterward the bearing of fruits. So the seed’s planter has to wait to see these processes being completed before he can harvest anything out of the farmland. If he doesn’t wait, it means that he will abandon the farmland and by so doing he cannot reap anything out of it! 

However, for one to be patient means that he or she is hoping for something, better still he is an expectant. Therefore, since faith is the force that pushes or resists a negative opposing force that would like to establish itself in the life of the believer, patience on the other hand is the vehicle that carries faith till it fulfills its task. When one receives a promise either from the word of God or by prophecy, he hopes to see the actualization of the promise but without patience the hope or promise will not come to reality. Hence the submission that without patience promises will not be received as the writer of the book of Hebrews puts it and I quote “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Heb 10:36). Suffice it to say that for a believer to actually be a goal-getter he or she must equip himself or herself with patience without which he or she will be found in endless dash of hopes in life.

However, Apostle Peter went ahead to suggest to believers that “to patience godliness”. Meaning that they should add to their patience godliness, implying that someone who thinks that the previous attributes are enough should rethink because it is important he or she add godliness to his character. Godliness here means piety or piousness. This quality is very important in the life of a believer because it showcases who or what he has been made of. Godliness portrays the culture of the believer to the world, I mean how believers live and socialize among people. The disposition they put on that makes them look distinct in public so that one needs not to guess if they are believers or not. Now is important to say this, that no believer wears a signboard or a mark on his or her face indicating that he or she is a believer but through this character of godliness everyone around will definitely agree that he or she is a believer. 

Godliness, involves a believer getting himself or herself into the things of God and participating actively in them. That is, one cannot say he or she is a believer without having the hunger to go all out and preach the Good News and consequently win souls. This is a function that no well-meaning believer will allow to elude him or her, because this is the height of godliness in the life of every believer. Also a believer is expected to participate in his or her local church activities, such as in leadership programs and activities. Being a member of the team of choristers and youth and elderly events and activities and every other thing that promotions Christ in the life of believers. It also includes having the urge and hunger to always read the Scripture and feel it in your spirit even as you read it. Godliness is needed from the believer in order to work and deal with the society or public. Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Corinthians wrote thus and I quote “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (1Cor 9:27). 

Godliness is making sure that you don’t take from the society rather you give what you have obtained from your base which is in Christ to them. It might take you constraining yourself in avoiding certain things in order to maintain your status as a believer. It means there are certain places you cannot go, just because of who you are in Christ. Somehow, people may think that you are proud or thinking yourself more highly than you ought to think, but the truth is that you cannot descend and is not pride. There are things you cannot be found eating or taking in just because of who you are in Christ. Godliness therefore, is the nature every believer has obtained from the indwelling Spirit of God residence inside him or her; a believer portraying Godliness is normal and natural for him because that is the way he or she has been configured to be. It is the believer’s aura! He doesn’t find himself living that way by his own making and he cannot help but be that way. This implies that the Spirit inside has regenerated him and gave him a culture that is very unique and one of these unique cultures is Godliness.

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