Save Lives

It must be exciting to save a life or to at least try.

Even though I have never found myself in such a situation, I can imagine the excitement that comes with knowing another person’s life depends on your acting fast- the pressure to do exactly the right things and apply years of training to good effect.

Say something really dramatic like, CPR for someone who’s had a heart attack, the Heimlich Maneuver for someone choking on meat or yanking a guy bent on suicide from a railway track.

Obviously, these feats require courage, a sense of responsibility and I think, a lot of energy. They require us to actually do something. Of course, youu do not save lives simply by thinking about it.

I have drawn parallels between these and an even greater responsibility: God’s commission to spread the news of His salvation.

By reaching out to others with the gospel we help secure their lives after this life; because this life is sure to end  someday. And then the things that matter now won’t hold value anymore.

We cannot also do this by just wishing. It is also vital that we remember that someone’s eternity may hinge on our speaking out. And that God is depending on us to do it.

He knows how difficult it will be to convince them by yourself therefore He has not sent us to convince but preach. Preach the message confidently because you believe it.

Tell them of God’s love and His sacrifice. That Christ died and was raised to take away all sin. He knew the severity of God’s punishment and chose to bear it Himself.  He was aware they’d probably reject Him but still took the chance.

He stands patiently at the door of their hearts knocking and waiting to be received.

Tell them that although He does not promise a smooth sail, He promises never to forsake His own. He promises to supply all their needs. All they’d need to do is ask.

Tell them a life with God is an adventure that always results in fulfillment.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son 1 John 5:11 (kjv)

God has promised eternal life through Jesus alone. Those who believe in Him and faithfully keep His commandments will live for many years after this world has passed.

Remind them that although He is patient, there is not much time left until He comes.

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32 (kjv)

Don’t be discouraged by their indifference. Keep praying for them. Trust God to keep His word.

 

 

 

 

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This House is Not for Sale

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For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body… 1 Cor 6:20 (kjv)

This topic would draw laughs from many quarters. Chances are that you have seen it today. I would not be surprised if it were on some house on your street.

It is not ubiquitous,  but it is certainly not scarce to find. It is at least as common as barbed fences around Lagos houses. Believe me, there is no stereotype house, it can appear on any building- beautiful or not so beautiful,  large or small.

Wherever it is found however, its message is clear and is this: Steer clear of this property,  it’s taken! The warning -now hackneyed out of any gravity- Beware of 419 usually follows.

I believe that the purpose of this notice is not so much to portray it’s unavailability as it is to declare its possession by another party.

No matter how little the price paid to acquire it is, the genuine owner does not wish to sell.

In the same way, God has acquired a much-valued property- and it is not your church building. Like those landlords, He does not wish to give it up. He paid so great a price that it would be quite impossible for Him to give us up so easily.

The death of Jesus on the cross was the price. The sacrifice is so potent as to wash away all sin.

By this sacrifice, God confirms his love for us. It was given us gratuitously- we cannot justify it. David was so perplexed he had to ask: “what is man that You are mindful of him.”

He redeemed us from death that was sure to come. He literally bought us.

There is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ 1 Cor 3:11 (msg)

It is only logical that Jesus whose death purchased our life should be the foundation of a life pleasing to God.

God’s word makes it clear that we are to build on Him. We begin to build when we accept His offer of salvation. We do not build just anyhow, Christ’s sacrificial life is our stereotype.

…because He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for for the brethren 1  John 3:18 (kjv)

The only proof of our love for Him is obedience to His commands. His command is that we should love one another as He has loved us.

He adds that the best way to love is to lay down our lives for our friends; to dedicate our lives to improving the lives of others.

Of course this is easier said than done. The costs of such a life would be great. We will have to forfeit our pride, comfort, ambitions and even our reputation. But the rewards are enormous; in this life and in the one to come.

Therefore, we must fix our eyes on the prize, which among other things is a crown of glory that never fades.

He promises that whoever does his will will abide forever.

Remember, we are His house, and we do not build haphazardly. We gradually become like him as we obey. Our high priest was made perfect by His obedience and so shall we be.

God: Our Sufficiency

Most times, God calls us to do things that are seemingly bigger than us- they require more skill, more talent, more boldness than we appear to possess- but we must not despair.

God has called many people before us to equally daunting tasks. The results (when they obeyed) were as remarkable as the tasks were audacious.

What would you call striking the red sea with a rod in hopes of its parting? How about shouting to bring down great walls or fighting a war by singing and shouting? None of these things are logical, but God asked Moses, Joshua, and Jehoshaphat respectively to do them.

God is saying: “My strength will suffice.”

Even today, Men are still doing the extraordinary by just simple obedience. Today we sing Horatio Spafford’s “It is well” with conviction. The hymn was composed after he received news of the death of his four children. He had lost a lot of properties in the Great Chicago fire two years earlier. He was so stricken that his church members pronounced him punished of God.

I believe it takes more than human fortitude to be in the middle of so much loss and still hold on to God.

I think the reason why God calls us to tasks out of the ordinary is because He wants us to lean on Him; to trust in His power, and to remind us that he is sufficient.He is saying: “My strength will suffice.”

Besides, every day of your life has prepared you for this.

Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment…Mark 6:8 (msg)

Jesus said when He sent out the twelve in twos: “Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment.”

There is only one thing to do when we are called- Obey.

The results would exceed your wildest dreams.

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The Beginning

The Beginning

Well, this adventure was going to start at some point. Even though it had started many years ago in my mind and words, all my wishing could not create it. I have realized that the will to accomplish any task is not usually  accompanied by the fierce determination required to have it done. Hours upon hours of deep reflection could not bring me to it.
I read other blogs that ‘convicted’ me of my inactivity. I stumbled upon several encouraging articles but these weren’t enough.
There was no particular turning point really. My repentance was more gradual than immediate; the result of several deductions rather than one mind-blowing epiphany.
I know at least, that it is better to live your life for something than to laze around about it. We won’t be around for ever you know. We should try to leave a mark somehow.

Our contribution does not have to be earth-shattering . Not everyone will be president or governor or missionary or Nobel-laureate.

I am not the perfect writer, but to start a blog you do not need to be Jonathan Safran Foer. The same goes for every other venture. If we wait until we are perfect at it then we would wait a long while. We must start now.

It is of the utmost importance that we affect positively, the lives of people in our sphere of influence; to be the light in that corner.

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I intend to write on a variety of topics. I hope that God will be the center of this blog- its unchanging theme- for the simple reason that He has a way of making ungainly, awkward things look beautiful.
This blog is me coming out of my comfort zone. Needless to say, it is uncharted terrain for me, but I hope to enjoy it as much as you do.

Please do not forget to share this blog with friends if you like it.

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