I do not accept glory from man – John 5:41 ; It is a glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search it out – Proverbs 25:2 ; My people perish because of lack of knowledge – Hosea 4:6
We have all heard of the saying – ‘knowledge is power’. However, we have been locked into nothingness by the same power of knowledge, the enemy knowing things that humanity is not previewed to and utilizing that knowledge for his benefit. It is his power over humanity. When one lacks knowledge, they lack power regardless of what they might have accumulated in material, purely because of the fact that the manner in which something has been accumulated can be argued. The question is, how is it, that we lack knowledge which is power, when Jesus has given us the Spirit of power, loaded with knowledge?
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you – John 14:26
We can all agree that we are all knowledgeable to a certain degree. We study, we are qualified, we read news and keep up to date. Above all, we go to church on Saturday or Sunday, listen to sermons and read the bible. So, how is it that we could still be lacking knowledge with all that …?
Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.” Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? – John 7:16;19
Knowledge that comes from information that is not from God is futile. It does not afford us the kingdom benefits. The measure at which our knowledge is measured in the kingdom of God is the word of God. When one claims to have the knowledge, the expectation is that they can utilize that knowledge to at least benefit themselves. This is the same with the word of God. It is rich, an inheritance of kings. So why is it that we find the same people who claim to know God at the worst end of the stick?
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:29-30
The key is the yoke. A yoke is synonymous to a burden or bondage. It is something used to bind two things together so that they can move in harmony. When you are in bondage you are literally a slave to a master. Yours is to please the master, and in exchange the master takes care of your needs. Therefore, to be under the yoke of Christ means that He is the Master and the individual is a slave. First and foremost, this is what needs to be understood. However, Christ doesn’t force anyone to this arrangement. One has to willingly agree to this in order for it to work, because two cannot walk together unless they are in agreement [Amos 3:3]. A yoke then affirms this agreement so that Christ and the individual can become walking partners in harmony. This yoke in institutions is called policy, because every institution understands that for it to operate successfully, there are certain laws to be adhered to. It is not different with Christ. The kingdom of God has its own policy, the law that Moses gave to the people, which is written in the book of law – the bible. This law is the actual yoke of Christ, the bondage or burden of Christianity. There is no working around the policy in any institution. It is either you abide by it or you don’t, and there are consequences for not abiding by it. It is the same with the law of the kingdom of God, non-abidance yields consequences. This happens not necessarily that it is to enforce the law, but that life in general has a law – every action yields a result. This policy of the kingdom of God only brings into knowledge and understanding this general law of life and helps us make choices that yield best results. Hence Christ says, my burden is light. His burden actually saves us than it binds us.
Once we agree to Christ mastering us and subsequently taking His yoke, the next thing is to learn from Him. Of course He has given us a teacher, His Spirit to teach us all things. This means that the Spirit of Christ is ready and waiting to pass on to us all the knowledge necessary for us to have in order to lead a fruitful life. Not only pass it on, but also help us to apply it which translates to wisdom. We know very well what wisdom did for Solomon. So if we do not learn from Christ, the Son of God who is the source of everything in existence and has the actual facts about everything, how are we then measuring our knowledge? This knowledge referred to as power given to us. It is what sets us above Satan, kingdoms, principalities, rulers and strongholds.
The bible tells us that Abraham the father of faith, it is in His obedience, belief in God that he earned righteousness. It is only after this count that what was promised to Him was established. I know that most of us say that we are now saved by grace and therefore, do not need to do the law, Jesus died so we can live and I agree. However, we will be judged by our words, actions and works because these qualify our faith. At the same time, we understand that every action yields a result, be it favorable or not. Having been saved by grace does not mean that we have been afforded an opportunity to speak and act recklessly, or do not what the word of God commands. He expects us to be holy as He is holy and that means abiding by His commands. This is why scripture says we are seated together with Christ in the heavenly places, yet our lives speak a different statement. We are constantly rejecting the yoke.
So when the Lord says it is our glory (weight, power, wealth) to search out all that the Lord has concealed, it means our Glory is concealed in knowledge. The more we know, the more powerful we become, both to stand against the enemy as well as to lead a successful and abundant life. So as the children of God, our Glory doesn’t come from men; material possessions or earthly status. Our glory comes from God, the maker of heaven and earth and the revealer of all secrets. These secrets are hidden in Christ and are revealed to us through the Holy Spirit when we have taken the yoke. Our riches are not material but in knowledge. When we don’t realise this, we will continue seeking affirmation, approval and applause from people. Else, we will continue chasing after material riches or possessions because we believe that the more money or more education will afford us acknowledgement and satisfaction. However, that is pure explanation of idolatry.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for the kingdom of God is theirs – Matthew 5:3.
The poor physically are very rich spiritually because of their faith, which is the currency of the kingdom of God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. Hearing the word of God is due to the soul absorbing it and transferring it to the body to act it out. Because God has wrapped up every kingdom secret in His word, those then that are rich in faith which comes by hearing the word of God are heirs of the kingdom of God. They have inherited the kingdom. You cannot inherit the kingdom without faith, you cannot have faith without hearing the word of God, you cannot hear the word of God unless you come to listen to Christ, you cannot listen to Christ without your eyes of understanding being opened, and they cannot be opened unless you invite Him in and again, take His yoke.
Seek not power from the physical or outside world, seek it from the inner man. You cannot defeat Satan by physical acquisitions, you defeat him through knowledge. Flip the script, instead of seeking material possessions or glory from men, seek the kingdom through the Spirit of God who is the teacher, helper, guide and revealer of secrets to those who love God. He is the giver of glory (wealth) to man, which is knowledge. But remember, you can never finish God. Hence no eye has seen nor ear has heard what God has prepared for those who love Him. So, for as long as you live, you seek.
Christ transforms us from glory to glory, so the more you know the more you are elevated in glory. However, it is important to know that this knowledge is like the story of the three men that were given talents. When you sit on the knowledge it’ll yield nothing for you, you have to act on it. That is wisdom and it is through wisdom that you will move from glory to glory (wealth). So whatever you learn, put it to practice and continue seeking more knowledge to put to practice. Your life will then take shape based on what you know and are utilizing.
It is the rejection of the yoke that is causing Christians to be worse off than they should. Without His yoke we cannot learn from Him, so whatever other form of learning His word we use, it becomes futile if we cannot apply it by His Spirit which enables us.
because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children – Hosea 4:6