Driving on Nigerian roads is one of the toughest daily battles I have to fight as a Christian when I think about the admonition, “let your speech be always gracious”. Gracious is the last thing you want to be when someone cuts dangerously in front of you and when you complain, he tells you off and adds a you-have-a-few-nuts-loose gesture for good effect. At times like that, what you really feel like doing is scouring your hard drive to find some of those unprintable words from your past life which do not exactly fit into the Philippians 4:8 category to hurl at him.
It is for times like that that the Holy Spirit gently nudges us with the words scripted in Hebrews 12:3.
“consider him who suffered the contradiction of sinners”
Those words capture for us the perfect example that Jesus sets for us in handling situations where we have acted perfectly but still have to stand by and take crap from the guilty party.
Think of it, the eternal king stands before his own subjects… His own creations actually. They lay false accusations against Him, a mob of sinners strike him with words, with fists, with whips and some spit in his face, and he just stands there and takes it all.
“Oh well” we want to argue, “He took it because that was why he came – to suffer and die to redeem mankind, surely I don’t have to do it all over again”.
Really? You don’t? What then does it mean when it is said…
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.When he appeared in human form”, (Philippians 2:5-7 NLT)
Think about that for a moment… You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had!
Driving under the influence of the Holy Spirit.