Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Perfection of Our Faculties

UV 2185/10000 The Perfection of Our Faculties
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Exodus 4 v 11

Human presumption makes us think that only we can see, only we can hear, only we can feel or think. But it is the Lord who endowed us with these faculties. We assume that because we cannot see or hear or feel Him, He either does not exist or that He cannot see, hear or feel us. Such an assumption gives us the apparent freedom to do what we want, think what we want, see what we want, think what we want and speak whatever we want. Many people are embarrassed to use their mouths to affirm the presence, the power and grace of God towards them. The eyes and ears are input faculties while the tongue is an output faculty. These powerful faculties like the amazing brain of man, the wonderful vision, the sensitive ears, the versatile hands, the strong legs need grace or divine enablement and anointing. Each faculty works so simply but it is in fact so complex that specialists spending a whole lifetime studying the eye, the ear, the mouth, the limbs or the brain do not understand all aspects of its working.

This uni-verse tells us that it is the Lord who gives us our mouth to speak, our ears to hear, our eyes to see, our minds to think, our hands to do and our limbs to walk or run. He teaches us to see, to listen, to speak, to think, to do and to walk according to His word. Jesus during His earthly sojourn healed the blind that they could see, healed the deaf and mute that they could hear and speak, healed the crippled that they could walk. He did it to prove that not only does the Lord create these powerful abilities but He also mends.

We often misuse or abuse our faculties in seeing what is inappropriate or harmful to us in the long run, or in listening to things we should not be listening to or in speaking things we ought not to speak or in doing things we should not be doing, in going to places where we should not be going. However great our faculties, each faculty has its limitations. There are things that our eyes cannot perceive, our hearts cannot believe, our minds cannot comprehend or our mouths cannot explain. As manger leaders or managers we cannot lead ourselves. We need the counsel, prompting, guidance, coaching, correction, help, empowerment, anointing of the Holy Spirit. The good and faithful leader is the one who develops and utilises each faculty for the benefit of all creatures and for the greater glory of the Creator. We need to daily work towards the sanctification or perfection of each faculty with the help of the Lord.

Prateep V Philip

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