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Taking Jesus to the World- Part 2

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The whole message of Christianity entails taking Jesus to the world.

Have we ever wondered what it actually means to take Jesus to the world?

Has the book of Matthew 28:18-20 become so familiar, that it’s limited only to preaching the Word with our mouth?

Taking Jesus to the world- what does this mean?

‘To take something’ means to ‘carry’ that thing- if you are carrying or picking up something; it means it wasn’t in your hand before and must have been somewhere else. Our  ability to carry implies we also have the ability to leave it- it is a choice. We can decide to take Jesus to the world and likewise decide not to take Him to the world.
Are there places we take Jesus to and places we don’t?

In a worldly setup- take relationship for instance, there is no way in hell’s way that you would ever take your side chick as a man to meet your wife unless you wanted to replace the equation- but untill then…
So it is with the concept of Jesus- are there people or places you feel your association with Jesus is a risk- a temptation- an embarrassment? Or worse, is wrong?
Is Jesusjust a ‘side chick’ to us?

In the bid to try and ‘feel among’ with the ‘big boys, big girls, fashionistas, those current and trending’ etc., we forget to take Jesus along…

Are we justified by our sunday and worship days ministration to people who have come to see Christ, so much so that we think our great commission to ‘go and make desciples to all nations’ (not just those that come to church) no longer  count on other days And moments?

Give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what’s God’s and so like a radio station playing random songs ( including music that do not glorify God) to make ‘ends meet’ as a business, from Sunday afternoon to Saturday midnight- turning all gospel and spiritual on sunday mornings; only to return to their Caesar 12:00pm that same sunday- Because we too only belong to Jesus in part, we only share and show Jesus when its the custom- ignoring Him when it comes to profit and the’ business of the day’
Cuz let’s face it- ‘Jesus is bad for business’, ‘Jesus puts us in a box’ (I really wipe because these statements were made by christians- can we ever be so creative that we become more creative than the one that created us? )

I recall a moment in time when Jesus in all authority declared ‘His glory He will share with no one’…

What does it mean to take Jesus to the World?
How do we even take Him to the world?
We cannot give what we do not have
We cannot take Jesus to the world if we’ve not got Him

I hear you say ‘I’ve got Jesus’- where then did you drop him?
Where are you hiding Him?
Where are you taking Him to?
Where is Jesus suppose to be- be in your life?

‘Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears me and opens the door, I’ll enter and dine with him’…

Which part of us is God still knocking at?
What parts of our life and associations is God still locked out from?
‘Let us make man in OUR image and after OUR Likeness’

‘Your body is the temple of the Most High God’
‘No longer I but Christ that lives I me’

As a christian, there shouldn’t be a difference between you and Him- for we house and reflect Him. His perfection, His way of life is what we are all trying to reach, so in other to get the same results as Christ, we must not be found different from Him. We are ‘ambassadors of Christ’- when people see us, they should be able to see a perspective of Jesus in us. This implies that where ever we take ourselves, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO TAKE JESUS THERE TOO.
This truth will only make sence if we are conscious and accept the fact that we are created in the Image of  Christ to represent Him here on earth.

Taking Jesus to the world means we are aware of who we carry on the inside and are willing to let the world know so evidently with our lives everywhere we find ourselves with whosoever we find ourselves.

When last did you take Jesus to the world?
It’s so simple-
Be who you are- whom He created you to be,
and they will see Jesus in YOU!!!

Matthew 28:18-20, Isaiah 42:8, 2 Corinthians 5:20, Galatians 2:20,
1st Corinthians 6:19, Genesis1:26-27

WITH LOVE,
*sst*
Oluwatosin Olabode

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Be Limitless in Your Thought

This is a Beautiful Guest post from my every own Friend and Family- Elizabeth Gbemi, Enjoy!!!

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One day, a preacher was preaching. He was so passionate about his message that in the bid to back his message up with concrete evidence, he decided to talk about certain people in the society. He was talking about raising children and he got to the corrupt and seemingly impossible children and I heard him say; ‘the rich man’s children’, they are always this and that and those. When you talk of armed robbers, pen fraudsters as well as internet fraudsters’ blah, blah… then the lady beside me, so caught up with the preacher’s message concurred and said ‘awon ni o’*. This is to say that the rich man’s children are the corrupt ones. Then this came to my mind; don’t you intend becoming rich someday too? If you do and actually become rich some day, won’t the same be said of you? Be limitless in your thoughts.

The Holy Bible says ‘as far as you can see’. Our God created us to be limitless, that is why He expects us to abound in all good things. He is not narrow-minded otherwise; he wouldn’t have created the whole world in five days only for one man to reside in it. He had a master plan in mind even right from the beginning. He knew He was creating that man to subdue the earth. Were it not so, He probably would have created a small garden in few seconds.

Take the issue of the ark for another example. God told Noah to make an ark. He told him the precise thing He had in mind, although he never revealed the main plan He had in mind to Noah. Even though God had intended the larger part of the ark for those He created in His own image, He also knew they were very headstrong and rebellious. So He had another set of creatures He intended to occupy the ark in mind. He knew that with those on board, He would still get much more than those that were on ground because of his first command which is for them to multiply and subdue the earth.

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adebayo, a renowned man of God based in Nigeria is known as a man of great faith and power of God. He is an earthly and present example of a visionary He bought the now popular Redemption camp several years ago. At that time, many people thought he was foolish or even mad. ‘Why would someone acquire so much land when he has not finished building the ones in town?’ Many would have even thought the project impossible until today that everyone now sees in clear terms what originally was obscure and even seemed mad or foolish. This great man of God was not limited in his thoughts and so many lives are dependent on that thought that today has become a reality. DREAM BIG

The Wright brothers at the time they abandoned their primary occupation for a ‘greater venture’ would have been thought foolish by all and sundry. They decided that they could create something that would defy the law of gravity and not only that but that such vehicle would be able to convey humans and goods flying high up in the sky. Well, they got their dream sooner than later and are today remembered not as mere men but as great achievers. These men kept dreaming. They never stopped expanding their horizon in their minds neither did they limit their thoughts to some laws propounded by a few people. They also did not keep dreaming without working towards what they thought very important but were driven by those thoughts to achieve greatness that we all are beneficiaries of today.

A name that will forever stay in our hearts also is Tayo Aderionkoun, a foremost business man who brought the idea of zero naira minimum balance into banking. This idea has greatly helped the banking sectors of today in the sense that the idea attracted more customers. More interesting is the opening of accounts with zero naira and zero charge. Students will forever be grateful for these innovations. This man thought, together with members of his tem of a way of improving banking and thereby getting customers and they came up with some of these risky ones I have mentioned but weren’t deterred because they saw the huge success in their minds. Again tell you DREAM BIG

When I was a lot younger, I could pick up anything I found that looked like a microphone and would sing time and again until my voice was hoarse or I began to feel a nagging headache or I’m forced to do so. At that time it was only immediate family that appreciated my voice because I had a deep masculine baritone voice. One of the older girls who had the opportunity of singing aloud and appreciated in the choir once said that I sang like a frog. I was hurt and went crying to my father who told me to tell her ‘thank you’ the next time she made any such derogatory statements. Today, not out of arrogance, I stand before kings to sing. If I had dwelt on that negative statement and such that were like it, and decided to stop thinking I wasn’t a great singer, my voice probably who would have become what she thought it was. But no! I wouldn’t dwell on that. I dusted my battered ego and continued to dream, think in my heart that I would get there and make it. Here I am today and believe me when I tell you that I’m still going places.

What are your dreams?
What are you doing and putting in place to achieve them?
Are your dreams as small as your stature, resources, education…?

I put it to you today that until your dreams, thoughts are bigger than what and who you really are at the moment, you may never get there. So again I say: DREAM BIG! THINK BIG like Ben Carson would say.

Peace.

                                    *Yoruba for ‘they are the ones’

Elizabeth Gbemi  

 

Catching Hearts- The Movie Review

 

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When deciding to watch a movie, what usually comes to mind? Would the movie entertain you? Would it be a blessing to you? or even entertain while blessing your life? Well, here comes a movie that sure promises to do both… CATCHING HEARTS… A movie written and directed by F.C. RABBATH.

 

“Unless denial; everybody that knows, knows there is a God.”-Olabode Oluwatosin

 

Centuries have come and gone and the world is still perplexed as to whether or not there is a God. It is without doubt that everyone, science inclusive, believes; there is a greater being responsible for the “ultimate reach”; that stage were man’s wisdom comes to a close. However, the Christian God spoken off from the bible, has given man “since time and to come” questions as to whether or not He created the world.

 

Where’s prove that God exist? What if you are wrong? Why did this happen if there is a God? Should you talk about God; to whom? When? And the likes-

 

The role to this part is played by an atheist character; Mark Gravin (Mark A. Marple), who starts the movie with a book titled “We Don’t Need God” and towards the end of the movie, is writing a book titled, “We Need God”.

 

Another attraction to this movie is, the role played by Jenny (Jada Sanders), a lady in love but whose relationship lacks mutual understanding and respect, and even greater, is the fact that a child under her watch gets missing, hmmm…

 

We see in this movie also, a Christian father trying to bond with his alcoholic son Dean (Michael Varde), who seems to have given up on life.

 

An amazing fact about this movie is how all these stories are joined together to produce a single undiluted message of truth.

 

Overview

 

Catching hearts is a movie that draws our minds back to an all important question, does God exist? It shows a teenage character that thinks he is living life yet doesn’t  know what life is- It teaches conviction, but more importantly, what should or is usually done when convicted. It’s no doubt, things (representing environmental, social status etc.) never remain the same after you turn a new leave, but this movie as scripture affirms it, shows its always worth it. All through this movie, you will see things that seemingly look like coincidence, but at the end of it all, you realize it was always God’s timing and always accurate…

 

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”-Albert Einstein

 

This movie cuts across life, friendship, family and the society at large, and it uses inspiration from God to teach wisdom. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom… -proverbs 9:10 (Kjv).” This movie references God, thus the wisdom it portrays. I really recommend this movie to all; the theme songs are also amazing.

 

You can follow this link ( https://www.visionvideo.com/detail.taf?_function=detail&a_product_id=36662&vv_link=fcrc&utm_source=fcrc&utm_medium=partner&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=fcrc) to get the DVD, Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and the blessing be passed on…

 

God bless.

 

A Review by: Olabode Oluwatosin