Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t Mary his mother, and aren’t James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas his brothers? Aren’t all his sisters living here? Where did he get all this?” And so they rejected him. Matthew 13:55
Last week, my mother visited the United Kingdom for the first time. We celebrated my university graduation and it was truly wonderful. As we sat in her bedroom, we spoke about the goodness of God and the wonderful things He bestowed upon us. We discussed the importance of forgiveness, in relation to my new relationship with my dad and we meditated on scriptures of healing and forgiveness. Mother found our quiet time quite therapeutic, she purchased a Good News Bible for herself. A friend recommended this Bible to me as it is great for beginners. It is simple and effective.
I took my family shopping during our short time together. During one of outings, my sister turned to our mother and said, ” I am now the diva of this family, I have taken the crown from sissy.” I was so taken aback, I bursted into laughter. I handed my sister the invisible crown. Oh how we laughed !
Prior to our mother’s visit, my sister went shopping in my closet and took most of my clothing from my BC Life. I felt like my old self was being stripped away and a new self was given to me. As we sat on the bed, she looked at me and said ” I have tons of “juice” (gossip) to give you, but you’re a Christian now.” We laughed hysterically. I was pleased that my family accepted and respected my new self. More importantly, they were keen to experience this beautiful journey with me. We spent the week praying and worshipping together.
So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to — the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy. Ephesians 4:22-24
For weeks, I questioned my worthiness, particularly in relation to sharing the gospel. Like Jesus, I felt that people may not accept the message for many reasons: my past, my family, my race and social status. I also considered myself a “baby” Christian. I was happy when my Spiritual Father , Rev, reminded us that if Jesus wasn’t accepted, we shouldn’t be worried. More importantly, we should be happy, for we must suffer like Jesus did. That’s good enough for me 🙂
You might be reading this and you might be thinking that I might have killed someone in my BC Life. No, I have never committed any murders, except for killing flies (I killed a lot of flies during the summer, I honestly didn’t know where these flies were coming from, I wasn’t a Christian then). However, we all have a sin list that the devil flashes in our faces from time to time. The devil will whisper our sins to us or he appears in the form of men who are happy to remind us of our imperfections.
Tonight, rest assured that no weapon formed against you will prosper when you are in Christ. You will have an answer for all who accuse you. God will defend his servants and give them victory.” Isiah 57 vs 14. Isn’t this wonderful 🙂
No one is perfect.
By writing this blog, I do not claim to be perfect. It is difficult to be a Christian in well developed countries. I constantly ask for advice, because I am far from wise. Thankfully, I have the support of my spiritual father to guide me through this journey. The truth is, we are all imperfect, but we should be a work in progress until we get to where we should be.
I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won me to himself. Of course, my brothers and sisters, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. Philippians 3:12-13
God can use anyone
I sat in my room and explained Paul’s past to my mother. Apostle Paul wrote thirteen books in the new testament. Paul persecuted those who believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah (1 Corinthians 15 vs 9). However, Paul had an encounter with Jesus that changed his life. Despite being a blasphemer, he was the vessel chosen by God to spread the gospel of Christ. Paul did not waste anytime worrying about what others thought about him, he had a mission to complete. The mission was to please God, not man.
Paul said “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the Worst.” 1 Timothy 1:1
I was comforted by Paul’s words. If God can save Paul, then he can save me too. If God can use Paul, he can use me too. If God chose Jeremiah to be a Prophet even before his birth, why should we be worried ? Therefore, we need not worry about our age, past, class or status; God will put his words in our mouths. Even if you cannot speak, God will bless you with an instrument which can be used to spread his word.
Tonight, I don’t know the situation you are facing, please know that God can change you. However, you must be humble and repent. God desires to bring you a peace that surpasses any human understanding. God is always willing to forgive his children.
“I am the high and holy God, who lives for ever. I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who are humble and repentant, so that I can restore their confidence and hope. Isaiah 57:15
Maybe, you’re waiting for someone to see that you are no longer the person you used to be. Please know that God can see what no man can see and it is Him who will reward you.
Tonight, I pray that you have an encounter with God that will change your life. I will one day share my encounter with you. I pray that God will use you as a vessel for Christ Jesus. A fearless vessel who will spread the good news like wild-fire to the four corners of the earth. It is only then we can all rejoice in the coming of the Lord. Oh how wonderful it will be 🙂
May God bless you abundantly 🙏🏿