In my short – ish stay on this planet, I’ve had the unfortunate pleasure of hearing some depressing things in this life, but the most depressing and discouraging things I’ve heard have come from people who were meant to be “Old Christians”.
Back in secondary school, I joined this group called Believer’s Love World *Yes The leader and most of the people in the group, were from Christ Embassy*. I joined for all the wrong reasons back then (there was sha a girl involved), besides it seemed like that cool thing everyone was doing.
Along the lines, I gave my life to Christ and I got more involved, so involved that I’d sacrifice my lunch breaks and free time after school praying and all that good stuff *Zeal without Knowledge 😐 *. To the good part of the story, one of these lunch breaks, we were at the school field praying when the principal, one of the Vice Principals and of course our CRS (Christian Religious Studies) teacher.
After instructing *Warning* us to cease our prayers and all the other “Nonsense” they’d been watching us do, the CRS teacher decided to speak up and what I heard him say, I still cannot believe, he said all these things we were doing, was no big deal, it was nothing new, he said eventually we’d get tired of all these ones and we’d all drop it and move on to the next big thing.
He went on to say we were students, we were sent to learn, not to open church and we should set our priorities straight. In a way he was right, our numbers dwindled for weeks until eventually even I left. OK that’s not where my tale ends. I eventually gave my life to Christ for like the fourth real time, 3 years later and I learnt about having a relationship with God.
I grew in wisdom and understanding to the extent that even “Common” scriptures began to have deeper meaning to me. I learnt a painful truth, most Christians are bored, they’ve lost their “Joy of Salvation” and as such, they can’t seem to understand why someone would want to serve this God with such vigor, such enthusiasm and without knowing, they’ve regressed to their state of Pseudo-death.
Well a while ago, my Pastor was preaching and she mentioned something that stuck with me:
“I wouldn’t be that person they’d ask in 10 years, what happened?, I wouldn’t be the one, they’d be preaching to 10 years from now.”- Pst. Ify Ejidike
Sure we laughed about it but later I got to thinking, what’d be my story in 10 years, would I be the guy who used to be burning for God and then all of a sudden I went cold & was never seen again or would I still be burning bright like the “Olympic Torch?”
I said to myself what everybody would say in a situation like that, “Yes I’d still be burning” but then the next question casually strolled in: “How?” and I realized I didn’t have to look far for the answer. The truth is Life is Easy *Said nobody ever*, life would throw so many things to knock you off balance, things that’d make you doubt your very salvation.
However in the midst of it all, the answer is right there, fix your eyes on the one being that cannot be shaken, build your rock on the foundation that cannot be shaken. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith.Then when all hell breaks loose and it seems like you can’t go on, remember that His Grace is sufficient to keep you in all that you’re going through.
Ochuko A. Akpomudjere