August 11, 2019 by Kgalalelo
One of my favourite authors in the area of spirituality, Neale Donald Walsch, wrote a book published in 2010 titled, “When everything changes, change everything”. I discovered the book later in 2012 and bought myself a copy. As interesting as the topic was when I first laid my eyes on the book, I was never moved to read it.
Perhaps because there was nothing going on in my life that needed the urgency of the material and the message contained in it at that time, but now that I am intending to further my studies next year in the area of research and the pre-discussions I’ve been having with my promoter for alignment purposes, I find myself drawn to the book and I believe that it would come in handy.
I’ve had the book for seven years now, with absolutely no urge to page through the manuscript, and as they say, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. This seem like the right time to absorb the beauty of the subject matter, in the midst of my own confusion and the need to ground myself. Another spiritual journey of introspection has become necessary as I feel things changing around me, sometimes with intensity.
Despite the fact that my engagements with my academic promoter are unfolding little by little and I’m being led to read material I’ve never considered before; I’m observing drastic changes moreover in the work environment and things are moving at a high pace requiring agility and keeping up with the momentum.
I’ve begun reading academic articles that I thought were not necessarily in line with what I intend to study, however, with regular discussions with my promoter and her incredible ear of discernment and the ability of deducing meaning from my underdeveloped skill of articulating what I need to research on, I find myself moving deeper into foreign territory that is interwoven unbelievably well with my envisioned field of study.
I may not have the full revelation yet, but every time I visit her office, my consciousness expands bit by bit and I have faith that the final product will consist of a beautifully, compiled document that will be worthy of publishing because of its enormous contribution to the existing body of knowledge and will definitely change lives.
I don’t quite see the way but know that I have to trust the process which is unfolding just the way that is supposed to, and there’s no need to hurry. I need to be gentle and patient with myself until every piece of the puzzle fits together. It is not easy but for sanity to prevail, I have to take things step by step and trust that my promoter has my best interests at heart and being a highly qualified academic herself, she would ensure that her supervision is of the utmost quality as the paper will not only be a representation of me but of herself as well.
She is wise and exudes the energy that I have never experienced before, she’s more excited about this work than me because she sees potential of it going far and adding value in such a way that others would benefit from my work. We are called to make the world a better place for generations to come.
As much as things are developing in a way that I never thought possible, I take comfort in my promoter’s words when we met for the first time; she said that the process would change me. The fun is thus in the process which results in growth, development, expansion and advancement and the final product is the pudding. I am, therefore, signing in for the process!
Walsch often says during interviews that when he began the conversation with God, one of the things that God said to him is that life is not about himself but about everyone else he touches. This is a powerful statement as it indicates that we did not come to this earth only for ourselves but for other people. We play different roles on earth; mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, friends and colleagues, children and spouses to others.
We assume different forms that are equally fundamental and if only we realised every moment of each day, how precious we all are, we would stop thinking less of ourselves and feeling inadequate, insecure, unworthy and hesitant.
The Bible says in John 1:12 "But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God”. Similarly, Ephesians 1:1-6 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves”.
I honour those who have the constant awareness of who they are in Christ, these are souls who are not apologetic of who they are. They live full lives knowing wholeheartedly that they have a purpose on earth, a significant gift to give to the world. We are all here to awaken, and help each other awaken to the realisation of our Christ self and gradually, my promoter is awakening me to my own greatness and ability to add value to this world through what God has given me.
In John 13: 3-5, scripture says, “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him”.
Jesus knew and walked in His identity all the time. He was beyond ego and knew how unnecessary it was because of what He already possessed. He was fearless and without pride. His life was about others and He demonstrated it by washing the feet of his disciples.
He never cared about what society thought of Him for He came to teach the very same public how to live and act amongst one another. When we understand this principle, we are free and every action we take, is for the advancement of the world. Jesus therefore, gave the baton to his disciples and everyone who followed Him.
He said to the disciples, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”.
Everything that Jesus did while on earth was through the power of the Holy Spirit who lived in Him. We as believers, also have the Holy Spirit, however, when we are not attuned to Him, we can’t experience the power that is already in us.
When we walk in the knowledge of Him in us always, we can accomplish more. 1 John 4:4 states, “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world”. Nothing can thus overwhelm us as Jesus reveals in John 16:33, “have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!”
When we are faced with trials, Psalm 91:4-8 proclaims that,
“ He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.”
This is the God who serves us and Jesus walked in that knowledge. He knew that He was forever protected and that the angels were all around Him. He could see them with the eyes of the spirit hence He responded to satan who tried to tempt him to throw Himself down from the highest point of the temple quoting Psalm 91 and Jesus answered him saying, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test”.
Jesus was aware that when you test God, that is your ego talking and you are misaligned with the power that is at work in you, that is, the Holy Spirit. I was taught that, God never withdraws His anointing from man; when you are anointed to heal the sick, even though you live an impure life, the sick shall be healed, however, Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Therefore, testing God is unlawful and we should always be on guard lest we be tricked by the ego to parade our God given authority in an ungodly manner.
There are countless scriptures in the Bible that assures us of God’s goodness and protection against harm. So, we need not walk in fear but focus on the work at hand no matter what people might say. We are answerable to God and not to man. We need to be good stewards of the gifts and knowledge that He has given us.
Jesus says to His disciples in Matthew 13:11-12, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them”.
We should use the gifts that God has bestowed in us to serve humanity, so that one day when we appear before the Lord, we can proudly say that we have fulfilled our calling to be the light unto the world (Matthew 5:14). We all need to fulfil the great commission as set by Jesus, who says in Luke 28:18-20, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
He says “if you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:17).
As far as work is concerned, I believe the same principles applies as, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. The values He taught His disciples 2000 years ago, are the same we should live by.
Psalm 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God”. Isaiah 44:6 also testified, "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me”.
God changed not, nor His Word. He placed me in my job for a reason and that is to change the environment I work in and not be changed by it. The changes occurring at work does not scare Him, nor is He taken by surprise by any of them. If I am in God, that means, I should not be afraid or feel overwhelmed because “thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4).
His rod and staff, comfort me (Psalm 23:4). He places us in the workplace for His divine reasons and we have a purpose to fulfil, known to Him. Wherever we are, we add value and contribute to the advancement of the world even in the workplace.
Let us rejoice and give thanks to the Lord for His goodness. He changes not even if everything around us changes, therefore, we can find cover in Him. We can dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and rest in the shadow of the Almighty. You can then say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:1-2).
“Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart (Psalm 91:3-4).
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ (2004). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House Publishers. he Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible, BSB Copyright ©2016, 2018 by Bible Hub Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
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