MONDAY 26TH MARCH, 2018 (HOLY MONDAY)
THEME: WHAT IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE
TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-8
MEMORY VERSE: 1 TIMOTHY 2:3-4 “This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Today is known as Holy Monday in the Christian Calendar. It is the day Jesus cleansed the Temple of physical and spiritual dirt. It is in the nature of man to know good and bad (evil) differently. The instinct to do good is in every person from the beginning. “God saw all that He had made, and they were very good….” (Gen. 1:31). The moment man makes a wrong choice, he misses the presence of God.
Man cannot release himself from the web of evil he entangles himself with, hence God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to man to be a model of the highest moral quality, and reconcile man to God. Paul, in the passage for today’s reflection, summed up Christian duty in two words: “godliness,” that is, the right worship of God; and “honesty” (righteousness) that is, good conduct toward all men.
Manifestations of godly life in Christians are:
Right worship where only the name of Christ is exalted above all other names and things; Righteousness – Be holy; Modesty and neatness are outward appearances of what holiness should be in our heart. Serious godliness professed by Christians should be devoid of vanity in dressing.
Right attitude to work: men as well as women should spend their time and money on what promotes the praises of God. Honesty must be seen in whatever we do – No discrimination. Our work (duty) to our fellow men should be sincere.
Prayer is the key to every glory (success). Those who are saved must come to the knowledge of the truth. Christians should intercede for others, be holy and do everything that promotes godliness and honesty before God and man.
On this Holy Monday, it is good to allow God to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. It is safe for us to do so, lest Christ should use the whip to chase us out of the Temple.
HYMN: EMHB 382 – LET HIM TO WHOM WE NOW BELONG
PRAYER: Help us to open our hearts to You, Lord, so that we may read and digest Your teachings and become true Christians in Jesus’ name. Amen.