WHY ME?

WHY ME?
Shade is a very devoted Christian worker who delights in being in God’s presence just like the Psalmist. She is a 200L student of the department of mechanical engineering, Faculty of Technology, in a known University. She is a very virtuous lady who is diligent in the things of God as well as in her academics.

Shade is widely known in the University as Evangelist Shade, because of her passion for lost souls in prayers and her active involvement in corporate and personal evangelism. She preaches in season and out of season as it is commanded in the Bible; no week passes without Shade having a convert or a restored believer.

Everything went on well with Shade until a fateful day when she went on an evangelical outreach as usual; she was involved in a fatal accident on her way back to the campus. She was rushed to the hospital but little was what could be done; her spinal cord was damaged. She was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

On getting home from the hospital, she wept bitterly and looked at herself with pity and cried unto God:
“Despite all I do for You, is this how you would reward me? I serve You diligently with the whole of my heart and this is how You have decided to repay me? WHY ME?”
Let’s leave the rest of the story and focus on what we have to discuss today. Can you sincerely answer the following questions?

Have you ever been in a situation as a Christian too and you questioned God, WHY ME? You looked at those around you who don’t even seem to know God and you see how they flourish , but you as a devoted Christian worker still wallow in the mire of poverty, and all you could say to God at that moment of dire need was; God, WHY ME? (I doubt not the fact that as humans we are bound to weep/cry at such moments.)


Oh…….. You’ve done that severally? Did it remedy the situation then? What made you ask God that question? Can you answer these too? Hmmmm……..
In such situations as these, what should be the comportment of believers? Should we continue to ask God the question, why me? Should we quit serving God thinking He is not faithful? Or should we just believe that our work for Him has gone unnoticed? NO.


Let’s look at the scriptures together for what we ought to do in such times:
2 Kings 20:1-6
The text describes the message of death that God sent His Prophet to deliver unto king Hezekiah.
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.” Verse 1


What a message!

Knowing that Hezekiah had walked before God in truth and with a perfect heart, do you think he deserved such a message? NO, you would say; but God knows better.
Let’s look at verse 2 to see if Hezekiah asked God the question WHY ME?
“Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.” Verse 2
What can you see in that verse?
I see a man who knew the right approach to commune with God concerning the message he received. The Bible recorded that he prayed unto the LORD, not that he questioned God or doubted the faithfulness of God. He simply prayed!
I tell you, no matter what has happened to you, or what you are going through presently, prayer remains the way to speak unto God about such undesirable things. Prayer rests the wearied soul and moves the hand of God.
Truly, prayer is a privilege, but you must acknowledge it by actively making use of it as a very potent tool, whether the times are good or bad. Learn to talk to God about your challenges and not to have self-pity or regret. One thing I say unto you, I say unto all: PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Remain blessed.

THE CROSS AND THE CHURCH

The Cross and The Church.
What’s the relationship between the Cross and the Church? What’s the Cross all about? What’s the Church all about?
All these are questions we ought to ask ourselves as Christians. Let’s take a brief look into the subject matter now: the Cross and the Church.
Starting with the Cross, the Cross is the reason for the Church. If the work of our salvation was not wrought on the Cross, there would be no reason for the Church.
What Christ did for humanity on the Cross was a demonstration of the greatest love.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Let us now consider the question asked earlier; what’s the Cross all about? The answer is simply LOVE. The Cross of Christ shows us the love of God for mankind, not wanting us to perish. The popular verse, 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.”
God so loved us that He couldn’t watch us perish. He doesn’t derive pleasure in our eternal death. His love for us is what made (and makes) available the Cross of Christ, and at the acceptance of Christ’s call, we are called sons of God. It’s all about LOVE.
The Cross of Christ wasn’t a place of enjoyment for Him. It was a place of sufferings where He was humiliated and dealt with harshly, but He endured all, just because of His love towards mankind. Little wonder 1 Corinthians 13:4 says,
“Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind;…”
Claiming to be Christians means that we have reciprocated His work of love that He wrought on the Cross, that we know God, and we live according to the life pattern of Christ. See what the Bible says in 1 John 4:8,
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
The verse is as clear as it is.
The ultimate love we can show to others is telling them about our LORD and SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST, persuading them to come unto Him. This is the ultimate.
Beyond this, is the practical love life we ought to live. This is where the Church comes in.
The Church is not just a place to gather , pray together, and hear the word of God. The Church is the abode of love. Let’s briefly consider the love life of the early Church in Acts 4:34-35,
“Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.”
I believe that’s self-explanatory. NO ONE AMONG THEM LACKED. NOT THAT THEY ALL HAD EQUALLY, THEY GAVE WILLINGLY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS.
You are enjoying in abundance while your brother or sister in the Church is starving. My friend, that is not love.
You will defend yourself by saying that he/she never asked you. If God didn’t wait for man to ask for a Saviour before he sent Christ to save us, then where did you learn that from? Answer me now.
You could see, very obvious, that he/she is in lack and all you could do is wait for the time he/she comes to you or just mere sympathy when you could have been a solution to such needs. That is not love, dear brother or sister.
Dear brother or sister, all you care about is your comfort, You’ve never for once thought about how comfortable others are. That’s not love.
You even give, but not with a perfect heart. You only do it because it’s obvious you are in abundance and you don’t want people to tag you as a bad person, not because you saw the necessity and your heart is geared towards giving. Repent, dear brother or sister. That is not love.
You give because you want to take the glory. The brother/sister you gave a cloth last week wore it today, you saw him and you started telling others that you’re the one who gave him/her. Continue your “giving publicity”, you hear. That’s not love, it is pride. Proverbs 16:18 says,
“Pride goeth before destruction,…”
You have sung the hymn “Show a little bit of love and kindness…” but you’ve never demonstrated it practically using your own life. That’s not love.
This love should not be limited to brethren in the Church alone. Extend it to others around you, let them see your love life and let them be drawn to Christ by your love life.
The Church (Christians) should demonstrate the reason for the Cross (love) for the entire world to see. If you have been doing this, continue: if you have not, it’s not too late, start now.
To end with, “Let brotherly love continue” Hebrews 13:1
‘Love lifted me
Love lifted me
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me.’
And this is “THE CROSS AND THE CHURCH.”
STAY BLESSED.

A BATTLE OF THE MIND

“Yes, I won”, she said with a smile on her face. She was so elated that she could not conceal the joy that bubbled within her.
It was her third attempt at it; she had tried all possible means to face it squarely, but all to no avail. It was not until a fateful morning when she woke up and changed her mindset, and made a very important decision that she finally had no cause to make any more attempt.
She had heard of people who achieved what majority termed as “unachievable”; she had had a lot of battle within her trying to justify why people considered them as unachievable and she was also made to believe the impossibility of attaining such things. She had fought many of her friends who dissuaded her from reaching forth to achieve these things, and was left with no friend: she became a lonely person.
Her loneliness was not quickly discovered by her as an advantage; a time to have rational thinking and generate ideas that would change her world, and make her of great relevance to the society. She wept on several occasions when she remembered her friends who deserted her because they felt she’s adamant. Once she saw the opportunity in being alone, she leveraged on it and she took a courageous step of having a new mindset, and started to operate with that mindset, moved closer to people with the same mindset of “seeing possibilities in impossibilities”. It was not too long when she made a breakthrough and started to receive invitations both nationally and internationally. Indeed she won- she won her fears and, negative influences and mindset.
I have heard people say “I cannot comman die/ I cannot comman kill myself”: and as I look at their lives and their attitude to work, all I see is a life of hopelessness and a bleaksome future. Only if they knew that such a mindset is that of a mediocre and a failure, maybe they will not allow such mindset to have a dwelling place in them.
The mindset of humans plays an important role in victory or defeat; if you can conceive victory in your mind, you can win; if all you can conceive is defeat in your mind, then you are defeated already. It is a battle of the mind.
Just to conclude, I have heard some students say “Just give me 50 and let me go” and in the same class, there are others who say “anything below 70 is failure”. The difference between these two sets of students is the extra work which the latter does in order to achieve what they want: those in the former category most times fall even below the 50 they so much cherish, and all they can do is resort to pleading for marks. They say, “the lecturers will buffer us to 50 now”, without knowing the harm they are doing themselves. Get this clear from now on: “Free things decrease one’s intelligence and steals one’s relevance”.
Summarily, I say unto you: change your mindset, have a positive attitude to work, shun distractions, and move with men of positive influence. It is A BATTLE OF THE MIND.

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