Hi guys, so today something absolutely trivial happened to me. I was seating somewhere in a meeting. Outdoors, people were passing by so they could see me. One of my friends came over and started to talk to me, probably without realising that I was in a meeting, because it was pretty relaxed. But anyway, that’s not the point. Some other person who was in the meeting with me then said, ‘Oh, we’re in a meeting; and my friend got absolutely offended. Personally, I didn’t see anything wrong n what the other person said, so I just let it go. But I couldn’t totally let it go. There was a lesson to be learnt.
Remember Namaan in the Bible (2 Kings 5). Yes, him! He took offence. He was so annoyed that Elisha could simply ask him to go to a dirty river to get his healing. Namaan, the great and mighty and one ordinary prophet was just doing anyhow, when rivers in Damascus hadn’t finished. If not for the servant that had understanding, Namaan might have lost that miracle. Point number one, taking offence can make you lose a lot of benefits. The only reason we even take offence is because we think too highly of ourselves. Christ, the highest of high’s brought Himself to the lowest of low’s just so you could be saved, so what are we really talking about, when we begin to take offence and act proud?
Another story. The Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7: 24 – 29). Let’s be honest, this woman had every reason to be angry. All she wanted from Jesus was healing for her daughter, a simple yes or no would have sufficed, but Jesus compared her with dogs. A lot of us will have lost our tops at that. Ah ahn, who does He think He is? Ordinary healing and He’s acting proud. But she didn’t lose her calm, she had a perfect response that stirred Jesus to move in her favour. Point two, don’t begin to give attitude when you ask or a favour and you don’t get the response you want. The person has the discretion whether to oblige us or not to.
If we put on the right attitude (for Christians, this right attitude is the mind of Christ), we won’t be going around taking offence at everything. Philippians 2: 5 says, ‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus’.