Apostle Grace Lubega
John 5:5-7(KJV); And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
It is vital and extremely critical for every child of God to walk in the graces of distinction. When a man does not walk in these graces, he inevitably submits himself to the dictates of merit.
What merit does is that the first man takes it all. A child of God struggling under the burden of merit can only hope to be lucky; he or she survives by competition.
This was part of the dilemma of the man at the pool of Bethesda. He was lacking in distinction and operating at the same level as many people at the pool. The disastrous effect was an infirmity spanning thirty-eight long years.
What a tragedy!
The fact of life is that there will always be someone who will get into the pool before you: someone who applied for the job before you; someone who prayed before you; someone who fasted before you; someone who read before you.
When God gives you distinction, you can still have that healing even if you don’t step into the pool; you can have the job whether you applied last for it or didn’t apply for it. You can have that opportunity even when you are the least qualified.
Look at Paul, a man who did not get the opportunity to see Christ in the flesh. He says of himself that he was as one born out of due time (1 Corinthians 15:8). But what did distinction do for him? He wrote almost three-quarters of the New Testament, out writing those that walked with Christ, ate with Him, and saw Him perform miracles.
You must settle it in your spirit that you are different. You may look like and talk like everyone around you but you are special! There is a great and mighty call of God upon your life. Greatness is in the inside of you and is bubbling, waiting to burst forth.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 15:8, 1 Peter 2:9
GOLDEN NUGGET: You must settle it in your spirit that you are different. You may look like and talk like everyone around you but you are special! There is a great and mighty call of God upon your life. Greatness is in the inside of you and is bubbling, waiting to burst forth.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this knowledge. I arise to the reality of what I am and what I have in You. The light that shines out of my spirit has set me apart from ordinary people. I do not qualify for greatness by merit; I qualify because of what You have done in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.