FIXING A NATION
The speaker presented another angle to worship in his discussion on fixing Nigeria. At first, I thought we were going to have one of those political discussions over Buhari but was pleasantly surprised when he turned it towards ourselves by quoting Jeremiah 2:13 “…for my people have done two evils: they have forsaken me the fountain of living water to dig themselves leaking cisterns that hold no water!” Now, how senseless does that sound!! However, the speaker stressed that this is what has happened as we have abandoned God in Nigeria by neglecting to focus on being His disciple. He stated that to ‘fix a man, you fix a nation.’
For those of us in our parish, we should be used to the word “evangelism” by now. The speaker stressed it even more that we must share all we have learned and the joy we have felt from encountering Christ, or else we have failed in our worship. He explained that Muslims are spreading their tentacles for the simple reason that those in the church are not evangelizing. He warned us not to imitate those who had abandoned their first love in Ephesus in Revelations 2:4-5. The church in Ephesus which is modern day Turkey is now a museum because they were focused on building churches and not people and on feel-good things instead of discipleship.
I was absolutely shocked to find out that there was a place in interior Ebonyi state where Muslims would offer money to indigines who would send their children to Islamic schools and on top of giving them N10,000 for every child sent there, the education offered in the schools would be free. There is even a huge movement now in Ebonyi state to expand such education in the state. Can you imagine? Which poor family wouldn’t want to get paid for sending their children for free to a school to be educated? If they sent 5 of their children there, they would get N50,000 so why wouldn’t they? In the middle of Igboland in the south, we have islamization and why, because the churches therein are not focusing on building disciples.
He challenged us to be that vessel which God can use and it may involve starting from within since pagans also come to church and sit on the pews with us during mass. He asked us if we would be that vessel God would use to spark a revival. It only takes one of us willing to say “yes.”
He advised that once we learn how to be a disciple then winning souls becomes easier and explained what discipleship means to him. He stated that it was more than simply following Jesus and made reference to Romans 8:29. Discipleship means becoming like Jesus and making others become like Jesus. It means going back to the origin of the word “Christian” which means “Christ-like” and imbibing this nature and making others have this same nature – “Those whom he knew beforehand, he has also predestined to be like his Son, similar to him…”
This seminar challenged me and I hope it challenged you as well. How much have we yielded ourselves to be that spark which God is so desperately looking for in order to alight His Church and bring forth the revival? The speaker said something which struck me – “those things you are afraid of, are afraid of you.” What are we afraid of? Why are we hesitating? “To fix a man, you fix a nation” – let’s get to work!
May our Heavenly Father bestow upon us the fortitude to be a true disciple and energize us to do whatever work He has predestined us to do for Him, in Jesus name we pray. Amen