Welcome to my newest segment on my blog. I’m on a ‘new’ roll now fa… Churning out one new project after another. Before I proceed, indulge my deviation. Please allow me to introduce my newest baby blog… *drum roll please* www.imindthegapng.wordpress.com. I got friggin’ tired of the so many griping about how terrible the NYSC scheme is and I decided I was gonna dig up and share the amazing NYSC stories (including mine), and trust me they abound. So be a sugar lump and share the blog addy, will ya? Oshay.
Ok where were we?
So this new segment here on this blog, I’ma be sharing fabulous songs that have such a deep message. Sometimes I would share the lyrics fully, sometimes in part, but I would be sharing stuff from the song.
Seeing the kinda love I have for CASTING CROWNS now, I figured I would start with their song IF WE ARE THE BODY!
I subscribe to their devotional plan on the BB app ‘YOUVERSION’ and even though it is just for 7days, I start all over again when I am done. Amazing deep stuff. They share the inspiration behind any of their song, or the testimonies people share with them as a result of that song.
‘If we are the body’ is the first in the devotional and I would just paraphrase the story. The casting crowns crew be preppin’ for a concert in Venezuela and they needed a Citizen to travel with them to help the language barrier. They picked this young poor Venezuelan girl in America and during one of their lounging sessions, part of their crew, a CHRISTIAN youth group comprising coupla cool American kids were gisting and she eased into their convo, since she was about their age.
They totally ignored her.
Probably didn’t imagine she could speak English and carried on their usual convo- dresses, shoes, Friday nights, etc. Then when it was time to pray, the Venezuelan girl was called up and she prayed in Spanish after which she started to speak FLUENT English. The young American girls were stunned!!! They hadn’t imagined she could understand, talk more of speak ‘their English’ hence they had left her out of their discussions. Yet when this Christian group gets to her country, they would preach the LOVE message; meanwhile they couldn’t show her love in their ‘closet’.
‘What a superficial lot’ she may have thought. Pretenders!!! Act one way in private and then ‘lift up holy hands’ in public. Maybe she didn’t even think all that but wouldn’t she be justified to have?
Of course, the devotional had to add that their Youth ministry has matured since that day before we start labeling them as phonies’ ooo.
The message was clear tho- we all are called to obey THE GREAT COMMISSION. Preach the word to ALL and don’t chose where to and who to. Don’t be too into yourself and your other Christian friends with whom you speak your ‘Christianese’. Others need to see and feel ‘our Jesus’ too and if He is really in us, He will pour out of us. He’s too big to be contained. We are the body!!! We all have our INDIVIDUAL parts to play. We are not to leave it to those on the ‘pulpit side of church’. Like I heard a preacher say once, it has jumped from the pulpit into the pew. No one is EXEMPT!!!
I recall back then in school, I had my ‘church clique’. We sat together in church (after seeing and gisting with same people all week ooo) and we also went home together to each other. Someday, a message Rev TJ preached came alive in me. She said som’in like ‘We have stopped being fishers of men and we are now keepers of the aquarium’. We are no longer ‘fishing’ rather we are showing off our Christianity to those who don’t need it inside the church. KOINONIA meaning ‘intimate fellowship’ can affect the church sometimes. We have to be careful of that.
My life changed and I began to live in the way that our ‘Oga at the top’ expects us to for the rest of school year. I mixed so well with first timers, or visitors. I gisted with them after service, visited them during the week. Shared their successes and pains. I did get draining at some point, cos for some, calling me was always a delight, but it was really fulfilling. I am also grateful for the harvest won.
I must admit this was easier in school. The ‘contained’ college life helps, lie no good. Now, in the work world, one can get so busy that evangelism is compromised. But I have resolved to do the best I can, even now.
Lemme share the part of the lyrics I love the most
…A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgmental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road
Jesus paid much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come…
Sometimes we think ‘this one doesn’t measure up jor, why bother?’ But really, the price on their head is too high (as yours). No, we don’t get to chose who ‘measures up’. Make every ‘traveler’ feel welcome and lose the awkward glances and posing already.
To a lot of people, we are the CLEAREST picture of JESUS. And how we respond to them, within and outside the church, is how they are gonna see HIM, and be drawn to Him.
Let’s rep Him well. He is counting on us.
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Stay blessed n’ blessin’