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Ope Rowland believes in the ministry of every saint. Hence, he talks and writes about believers finding, grooming and operating in their ministries.

He is the author of the thriving blogs and the books- The Young Christian , Manifestation and The Intimate Life  

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False Intimacy

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Your location does not make you close to God.

There are several people we stay and live close to but are not close to. We know little about their lives. We do not claim to be their friends because we stay on the same street. No, we are just neighbors. How come people then claim and assume closeness to God because of their location. Many are at best neighbors and not friends. Some people tend to see some places as holy, holier and holiest. We tend to forget that the eternal spirit is no longer domiciled in tabernacle but in the heart of men. We need to live in the reality of the torn curtain. Some clergy family members behave they are close to God because they live in the pastorium, which are often positioned in the church premises. If such does not work on their intimacy with God, they are at best neighbors (but God is not even domiciled in that church).

Some boast of their stay in religious camps as if it is a guarantee or proof of intimacy with God. Oh, that believers will comprehend that what makes Bethel special is the El-Bethel. Without the Lord of the Bethel, Bethel does not differ from any place.  What a blessing that the El-Bethel now resides in men. Hence, a place does not depict closeness to God but the quality of relationship.

Jesus replied, "Believe me, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father here or in Jerusalem.
John 4:21 NLT

What you do i.e. your activities does not make you close with God.

Amidst aristocrats, those privileged to have domestic staff in their abodes, the domestic help render theme a lot of service. Yet it is rare to see them develop intimacy with their masters. Activities in the name of ministry do not interpret to closeness with God. It is very possible to be carried away with ministry and forget (neglect) the relationship with the owner of the work.

People often get deceived to measure their closeness with God by their activities. You might be a busy servant and not be a good friend. Moreover, being a busy servant does not translate to a good servant because a good servant takes instructions and does not assume instructions.

Martha was busy in the service of the master, yet she was not close. Mary invested in her intimacy with Christ by hearing him out. She enjoyed fellowship.

It is now rampant to see core workers going up and down in the name of putting things in place during congregational meetings. They forget that they should also partake in fellowship. If you have to put things in place, do so before the meeting or after such meetings. Running around during meetings is often a sign of poor organization. Moreover, you see some ordinary worshippers envying the Marthas because they have been made to believe such is maturity. So they are looking forward to the day, they too will graduate to start running around. We should long to meet with God and not just to attend to him.


 

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