OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SATURDAY JUNE 25TH 2022
THEME: LEARN FROM YOUR SUBORDINATES
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1: 7
2 Peter 3:14-16
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Don’t ever see anybody as too small to counsel you when you know that they have the knowledge that can move you to your next level. We see from our memory verse today that only fools despise wisdom and instruction.
I remember when social media was becoming popular; it was my youngest son whom l asked for tutoring. He was my teacher in that area of life. When l was in secondary school, l had some challenges in English Language. In those days, for the Cambridge exam (now known as Senior Secondary School Certificate Exam), the British said that it did not matter if you got an A1 in every other subject; if you failed English, then you would fail all. I was just a village boy, nobody in my family could speak a word of English, so l knew l needed help. There was a boy in school who grew up in United Kingdom, so he had a grasp of the language, but he was my junior. I went to meet this junior boy, and told him that he was to start teaching me English. I said whenever l had money, l would buy him groundnuts. He taught me English Language and l passed the exam. On the score sheet, there was no mention of the fellow who taught me, no one cared; as long as l knew what l was supposed to know, l passed the examination and moved on with my education.
Don’t ever feel too proud to learn from your subordinates. If we are to be honest, these young ones who are just coming up have tools that we did not have in our time. They have more access to knowledge than we do. If we learn the latest trends from them and then combine this knowledge with our wealth of experience, we will go really far. Believe me honestly, it dos not matter who teaches you; all that matters is that you get the knowledge you need to move ahead in life. In our Bible reading for today, though Peter had been in ministry before Paul, he acknowledge that Paul had been given a wisdom by God to preach deep truths on salvation. Put your pride aside and learn from even your subordinates so that you can continue to go higher and higher.
Don’t despise the wisdom you need to succeed just because it is domiciled in your subordinates.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 68-68
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 25: TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE
1 To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.
2 Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
3 Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.