Class 42: “You Are Not Inferior!” (Part 3)
Today, we are going to continue our study titled “You Are Not Inferior!”
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from John Singleton. He said, “If you respect yourself, it’s easier to respect other people.”
Let’s begin by reading the portion from Letters to Young Black Men which our lesson is based on:
A third reason for this feeling of inferiority among young black men is because many do not pursue more knowledge. I didn’t say education. Unfortunately, knowledge and education are not necessarily the same in our society. Be that as it may, the more knowledge that you have, the more confidence you will have. It is trite, but true – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — and, may I say, huge power. Knowledge puts a smile on your face and a pep in your step that is unmistakable. Now when I speak of knowledge and confidence, I don’t speak of this haughty, snobbish and proud attitude that can come with knowledge. For Saint Paul said it well: “Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” No, I am speaking of the humble gaining of bold, loving, and biblical confidence.
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
Today, we are going to address the topic of intellectual inferiority from the Bible. Read the following verses and note what they say about such feelings.
1. Luke 21:15: “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”
The Lord promises to give wisdom that only comes from above to those who recklessly follow Him. This knowledge is so great that none can argue against it. As a Christian, you are exactly the vessel in which the Lord desires to store such intellectual power. However, if you are not confident that you can responsibly handle such a blessing, He will likely find another vessel. Brother, this promise is not circumstantial. It is just as applicable in your life as it was for the believer 2,000 years ago. The real question is whether or not you will ignore the lies society throws at you and confidently accept this wisdom from God.
2. I Corinthians 1:25-27: “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”
There is a popular saying that says “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” Many of the disciples were just ordinary men, barely making it in life. However, Jesus looked past their social standing and saw the influence they could have for His kingdom. Once called, these men became confident and were filled with enough wisdom to set up the church which has now been in existence for over 2,000 years.
You may feel as though school and studying is just not for you. Perhaps you consistently struggle with feelings of inferiority when comparing your intelligence to your siblings’ or peers’. Please understand that no aspect of your character is a hindrance to God’s plan. In fact, He is the one that created you with the exact intellectual capacities you possess. Allow yourself to be confident enough to be called by God. Those whom He calls, He completely prepares.
In closing, Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win the Super Bowl and the host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football said, “You are never going to get anywhere in sports or in life until you become convinced of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may become a professional athlete or have fame and nice cars and nice houses and a lot of money, but what you’ll find is that all of that stuff goes away pretty quickly. You have to understand that Christ died for our sins, and that He died not just to be our Savior but so that He could be the center of our lives.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what the church people I grew up around said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, I’ll see you for our next class.