As we draw near to the Feast of Pentecost, we are reminded that God calls us into His Church to become rulers with Christ in His kingdom (Rev 5:10; 20:6). The scriptures warn us, however, that not everyone who is called will qualify for rulership in God’s Kingdom (Matt 20:16). Why is this?
God’s requires that we first learn to rule ourselves before He gives us rulership over others! He says in Luke 6:10 “whoever is faithful in the least will also be faithful in much”
This means, God uses the little things we do to judge whether we can qualify to rule in His kingdom. This includes
- How we treat our spouse, children, or friends.
- Do we carefully think through what we say?
- Do we keep our word?
- Are we short-tempered, hard to get along with, stubborn, and uncooperative unless things are done our way?
- Are we quick to judge, impatient, malicious, foul-mouthed, or rebellious?
- Do we make promises and break them?
Proverbs 16:32 says:
“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” Ruling our spirit means ruling our moods, our habits, our passions and our bodies to defeat the temptations of adultery, fornication, idolatry, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, revelries, and the like; … because the Bible says those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
As we go forward into the Feast of Pentecost, let us be reminded that God wants us to exercise the power of His Spirit over our feelings when we are hurt by others. He says through the Apostle Paul in 1 Cor 4:12-13 “When reviled, we bless; when persecuted , we endure; 13 when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things”.
Possessing the Spirit of God means we are empowered to be strong in the face of trials and to model the power of Christ to those who are spiritually weak.
Romans 15:1 says :
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
We must bear the pains and failings of those who do not live up to the standard to which Christ calls us. You can never go wrong doing the will of God. The evil done against you will not go unpunished if not repented of. God is your strength and He fights the battles of the righteous. He will in due course punish your enemies. You are not allowed to punish them yourself. You must leave room for God’s wrath. He says in Romans 12: 19:
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
In these final days of the count to Pentecost, let’s reflect on how well we are ruling ourselves and then let’s keep the Feast!