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  • Ayomide Olabisi

Caught Offside


 

Bible Verse

20. “But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

21. So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well?

22. And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.”

–2 Kings 5:20-22 KJV

The Thought

It sounds football-ish but offside isn’t a new word we say or hear, it is a word we met and would still leave alone. That sound’s somehow right? But, that’s the truth and nothing more. Offside, according to the English Dictionary, is defined as “an illegal position ahead of the ball”.


The Next Question

HOW CAN WE BE CAUGHT OFFSIDE?


In Ecclesiastes 9:11, the bible says “The race is not for the swift, nor the battle for the strong”, which means we can at any time be caught offside. This Christian journey will come with lots of temptation and flesh would want to take over. But we must take heed, lest we fall.

As people who have different cultures and live in a different world, it is very likely that we would want to do what the citizens of this land are doing.

Below are the things we do or, have that make us to be caught offside:

  • Having the fruit of the fresh (Gal. 5: 19-23)

  • Forsaking the gatherings of believers (2 Chron. 15:2)

  • Neglecting the leading of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13)


The BIG Question

WOULD YOU BE THE MIRROR THAT PORTRAYS CHRISTIANITY WRONGLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN CAUGHT OFFSIDE?


Conclusion

Watch your steps as it’s also the pathway others (both those you know and those you don’t know) would pass. May it not be heard of us that we misled generations away from the goal of the kingdom.


Until next time,

Shalom!

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