#TreasuredTruth #45Of366 #RawderKidulaKedaha
I grew up in the small village of Kapsoi in Vihiga County, Kenya. My childhood was totally fun, my siblings and I exploredthe farms, climbed on trees, made friends and had a little heaven down here. Now, my grandparents hosted missionaries from Canada, they lived in a village nearby. We would walk there for visits and just feel good being with white people, the only ones in the village. Then, most importantly they gave us gifts.
Many times we used to line up and get a scoop of candy. One would get as much as their hands could hold. My tiny hands let me down but it was still heavenly. One time as we were receiving the candy, a strange kid from the village was spotted in our midst. No one knew who she was and where she came from. The missionaries knew all of us, my siblings and my cousins, so when the child stretched her hand to receive her scoop of sweets, she was met by the question “Who are you?” Then we all stared at her waiting to know who she was. Apparently she was from a nearby household, she saw children lined up receiving candy and thought she could also come and get some. Okay she was not given, in the village you don’t give anyone’s child any edibles, in the fear that something might happen to her and you will suffer the blame. She was sent to come with her parents for introduction and we never saw her again.
That question ‘who are you?” Always reminds me of the sons of Sceva. In the book of Acts 19: 14 -16, we are told about the seven sons of Sceva. They saw how powerfully God was using Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Paul was a great servant of God, it is written that ‘God did extraordinary miracles through Paul,’ so this sons, observed what Paul was doing and thought they could also do the same. They tried invoking the name of God to drive out evil spirits, they thought all it took was to use the Name of Jesus: Like Paul does. So they approached a man who was demon possessed and said, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Instead of coming out, the evil spirit talked to them. “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Aaauch, right? Wait, it got worse, the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. This story shakes me.
Just because other children are lining up to receive candy, it does not mean you can also do the same. Rawder we know, she is Peter’s daughter. Flora we know, she is Rawder’s sister, but who are you? They are not for everyone, there is some form of relationship here. Back to the sons of Sceva, many of us want to be used of the Lord but we have no time for the process, we have no time to seek His face, no time to know Him. We want to do what other people are doing in the name of Jesus, with one aim; to look good. To appear powerful, to take the glory. But hey, even the devil knows who can command them, it is not for everybody. Just because that woman of God speaks and the lame walk, that man of God declared and it came to pass, that sister prays and the Holy Spirit descends on the congregation, does not mean anyone can. The question is, who are you? Does the devil know you? Does the devil respect you? Is the devil intimidated by you?
May the Lord help us all, we need the process: The dedication and commitment in our walk with God. To when we know what to say and when to say it. We know God’s voice and obey it. We use the name of Jesus for God’s glory and not our own. We walk in our purpose and not try doing what other people are doing on their lanes. May God help us all.