I am so excited to present to you my very first guest writer! He has written a post about being a witness to God’s power vs. facing His anger.
From the very beginning of thinking about starting a blog, oh so many months ago, I have wanted to write for women and men. Although I have come to the conclusion that I will be mostly writing for women, primarily because I am one, I know that many of us have husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons. Without the men in our lives we wouldn’t be who we are, would we?
With that … drum roll please … without further ado, I present to you my God given love, my best friend, the man who made me a preacher’s wife, my husband: Jay H. Keith. *loud applause*
Thank you, babe.
What do you think of when you hear the question “who’s the man?”? More often than not I believe it comes from a place of pride, like look at me or I’m so awesome. While I can relate to feeling that way at times in my life, that’s not what I want to share with you today.
Hi, my name is Jay Keith and this is my first ever blog post. I’m excited for what my lovely wife, Na’omi Keith, is doing with Royalty by Grace and was honored when she asked me to be a guest writer. So let me tell you a little bit about myself. The most important thing I can tell you about me is that I love my Father God and His son Jesus Christ. It wasn’t always that way even though I was raised from birth in His family. From the time I was 14 or so into my late 20’s, I lived pretty much for me, with very little thought about anyone else.
While I am not proud of who I was and many of the things I did, I do believe that those experiences have better equipped me to serve in His kingdom. In 2002 there was a major shift in my Christian walk and I became a full-time Youth Minister. For the last 15 years, I have been preaching, teaching, and working for the Lord.
That’s enough about me for now, so back to the question, who’s the man?
An Unlikely Candidate
There are two different instances in the Bible that I want to focus on today with that question in mind. In the first one, the statement is made, “I am the man” and in the second one the statement is made, “you are the man.” Any idea who we are talking about?
Let’s dive in. Grab your Bible if you have it handy and turn over to John chapter 9:1-9:
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it
on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
The Power of God
What a powerful proclamation he made with just four simple words: “I am the man.” This story is filled with power:
- the power of God to bless Jesus with the power to heal
- the power of Jesus to boldly proclaim God and His kingdom and
- the powerful witness the blind man became for Jesus and His Father.
Reading further in the chapter we see the Pharisees get involved and things get a little heated. The Pharisees are looking for a way to discredit Jesus and what has happened. They are skeptical and don’t want to believe.
Long story short, they try to use their positions of influence and power to strong-arm the man and his parents into denying Jesus. The blind man’s parents show their fear of the Pharisees by avoiding the question of who Jesus is and pointing them back to their son. When all was said and done a man, blind from birth and supposedly steeped in sin, was able to share the power of God and the compassion of Jesus with all who would listen.
Have you seen the power of God at work in your life? Have you accepted that Jesus is Lord and let Him be your healer and Savior? Things worked out well for the blind man and he was able to say with conviction, “I am the man.” As for our next example, things work out a little different.
‘You are the man’
We’re going Old Testament with our next story and it comes from 2 Samuel chapters 11 and 12…
The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! …
2 Samuel 12:1-7
When you slip up, be like David
It’s almost inconceivable that a rich man with loads of sheep and cattle would take a neighbors family pet and kill it to feed a guest, but that’s exactly what David did. Well, not exactly, but close enough that he got the point for sure. David had it all: riches, wives, power, God’s favor, you name it. He threw it all away for a moment of passion. David’s indiscretion snowballed into an avalanche by the time it was over and the consequences were devastating. This could have been the end for King David but it wasn’t.
So what happened? How did David go from being an adulterer and murderer to us knowing him as a man after God’s own heart? The answer comes in two different Psalms that David wrote; the first was right after he was confronted by God through the prophet Nathan and is found in Psalm 51. From that passage, we get an idea of what God wants from us when we slip. He wants us to acknowledge that we have sinned and turn to Him for forgiveness. That spirit of repentance and remorse is part of the reason God loved David’s heart.
Another reason is found in Psalm 32. David realized that he couldn’t do it on his own. He needed God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness, and once he received it he turned to God with joy and thanksgiving. That same grace, mercy, and forgiveness are available to us. Once we receive grace, mercy, and forgiveness we need to remember to turn to Him with praise and thanksgiving!
Because of God’s Power …
We will not always get it right but it is amazing to know that we have an awesome God who loves us and is ready to forgive and heal us when we come to Him in repentance. May God bless you as you continue to seek Him. May you, like the blind man, be able to see His power in your life and boldly proclaim, “I am the man.” Hopefully, you will never find yourself in a place where God sends a messenger to tell you, “you are the man,” but know that if He does there is a way out, a way back to Him.
Have a blessed day!
I pray for you to have the spirit of power, strength, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7-8), to boldly proclaim that you are the man or woman. Not necessarily because you’re awesome, but because an awesome God made you.
Thank you, Jay for sharing your heart for God with all of us. I love you.
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