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Do you size people up or do you receive others? Do you discern people after the Spirit or after the flesh? Sadly, many people will just take one look at you, and make up their minds. Many have not given so many wonderful people places in their lives just because they sized them up in their little minds.
Lets have a look at this short account:
Galatians 4: 13- 14
Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
Nobody knows what Paul’s infirmity of the flesh was the first time he preached to the Galatians however, whatever it was it must have been visible i.e. something visible that all could see. If the infirmity was not visible, Paul would not have said ‘ ye despised me not, nor rejected me, but received me as an angel of God even as Christ Jesus’.
The Galatians must have seen something in Paul’s flesh at the first time he preached to them, however they choose not to despise or reject him but receive him even as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
Can you imagine what these brethren would have lost if they had ‘sized Paul up because of the challenge in the flesh, and reject him ? Paul wrote most of the letters in the new testament, imagine someone rejecting such a person because of an infirmity in the flesh? This is why we must know no man after the flesh but after the Spirit. How careful we need to be!.
This is one reason why we are not to judge people after appearances. Sad but true, sometimes when you dress well and elegant, you tent to get more smiles and hellos than on the day you cant be too bothered. Do we size people up by the way they dress, speak, accent, spelling of name, disability etc or by the Spirit? I am very sure that only heaven will reveal how many relationships that were meant to be but were never started all because of these carnal things that is costing us so much.
Just because a person has a challenge in the flesh does not mean that the Lord has not called them. Neither does it mean that they don’t have a message the body of Christ needs to hear.
Know ye no man after the flesh (2 Corinthians 5: 16), is a scripture that must have practical application in our lives if we are to benefit from ministries, relationships, and even fulfil our God given destiny. We must be discerning and receive one another, infirmity in the flesh, challenge or no challenge in the flesh ,disability, lengthy names, accent etc the list goes on. No ye know man after the flesh but after the Spirit must have practical application in our lives.
Just as Paul who laboured so much for the sake of Christ, and had an infirmity in the flesh the first time he preached in Galatians but was received even as Christ, so should we be discerning and judge no man after the flesh. You have no idea who you may be receiving.
What do l mean? Do you have people in your life that it seems there is not much to talk about? You call them, once you pass the discussion about the Kids, work and weather there is nothing to talk about.
For relationships to be sustained there must be some valuable substance to it. What do l mean? There needs to be something you are giving or that is adding value to you?
But there is nothing to talk about. It can be activated. How? By activating substance into it.
An example of doing this is to find something that the person does that interests you. It could be reading books, or listening to messages, or a sport or physical activity.
Lets take the example of reading books. You can ask what books the person is currently reading? The person shares it with you and how much they have been blessed. In exchange you also give them books that have blessed you. The next time you talk, your conversation will have more substance to it because you will have something of value that interests both of you. In this case, you can talk about the books you have read.
The list of activating substance goes on e.g. doing things together, praying together , ministry, etc the list goes on.
While we do need to have substance in our relatonships not everyone will respond the same way. So what do l do? You can only try and if the person cannot discern that you are only trying to add more value to the relationship you at least tried.
Its all about trying to keep the flame alive and as we do so we will be blessed with valuable relationships with great substance.