Hey! Happy New year guys! (This is my first correspondence with you in the New year:) ). As for the little changes being made on the website; it’s to make the website more accessible to you. Please bear with me.
Today and every wednesday in January I would be posting articles of a dear friend where he shares his personal story with us. His journey to knowing Christ, the encounter, the bragging attitude and his discipline, which made him be the man he is today.
I believe it’s a must read as we begin the new year. We must remember what truly matters even as we pursue our various goals.
Have a great day guys,
SEUN AJIA: The Journey
This article has been written so you, the readers, can genuinely reflect on your current relationship with God. The journey starts off when we proclaim Jesus, the Son of God, as our Lord and Saviour and it continues forever. I say forever because the aim for saving us is to establish an everlasting relationship with us ever beholding his glory and coming to know Him.
John 14:16 (His promised Spirit), Revelation 21: 1-9 (the new heaven and earth for those who believe), Colossians 3:1-12 (Where our minds and concentration should be on), Romans 12:1-5 (constantly changing the way we perceive and view things, situations, people in the light of the truth). These scriptures tell us that our relationship with God doesn’t end here but lasts for eternity.
As regards to Paul’s reference to ‘running the race to obtain the reward’, this refers to us playing an active role in the life God has given you and I in regards to His will for us. In summary, spreading the gospel (Read 1Corinthians 9:1-25 and also 1 Corinthians 3:10-15). The way to do this is to have a continually growing and developing relationship with God.
I will be sharing a little on my journey so far. The aim is to let us understand that there are stages in our journey and a lot of lessons to be learnt, but once we stay true to God, He is ever faithful to those who do not give up on His plan for their lives in their respective places. I am going to be dividing the read up into sections for easy read.
I gave my life to Christ twice; once at thirteen because the pastor scared the devil out of me, and another at 16 in my first year of university. I do believe the second time was the genuine one since fear is not what draws people to Christ but His Love, goodness and kindness( Romans 2:4, 1John 4:9-10).
I remember I did say I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and saviour, but to be honest I had little understanding of what it entailed. I thought we did this to make the “heavenly cut” and not go to hell.
I also believed the reason to serve God was so He could help me do what “I wanted to do”, nothing really about His will. So as an early believer I was still, to a great extent, confused about the concept of giving my life to Christ. No matter what people explained to me it wasn’t just making “Spiritual” sense, my head got it but my mind/soul didn’t.
My Core at the Beginning
As a child I grew up in a Christian home with my dad being an assistant pastor in The Redeemed Christian Church of God so I knew morals, a lot of them at that. I was a pretty obedient boy ‘cause I didn’t like to get into trouble and also had pretty zero interest in things. Nothing really excited me except two things, one of which was getting acknowledged by my parents for doing a good job at school.
Now because doing well at school excited me , I believed it to be a core in my life at that time and most of my energy was concentrated on it.
I came from a family that had really smart kids, I mean my brother and sister were regarded as geniuses while I was your “average Joe”, at least compared to them. My parents never did compare me but I felt every time I did well I felt alive and tried to identify myself with my books. I wanted my books to give me an identity and to be honest I had thought this was how I was going to be successful and famous if I did really well, this was until my sudden loss of memory which I will discuss later on.
The second thing was anime (Japanese style animation for both kids and adult), funny right? Well the thing was in a lot of this animes the writers infused their cultural beliefs with their own belief system, so if you listen well enough (and me being the observant type, I did) you are either sold out or you start asking more questions.
In my case I did the latter. I asked what if there is more to this world than the physical? What if God’s existence was more real than what we call reality? What if each and every person is like a Main-Character in their own version of “Living in this world”? And then this started something in me, I wanted to know out of curiosity but curiosity is usually not enough spark to rely on when speaking of establishing a relationship with God. Although this was sufficient at that point to get me started, it was also at this point I started to hear the Holy spirit although I just called him “The Voice”.
I remember The Voice used to speak from time to time, giving me vague answers, (Which were satisfactory at the time), to some of my questions about the meaning to my existence. There were also times when I read the bible, (mostly on Sundays when I go to church) some answers do jump out at me. There was just one problem then; I wasn’t just ready to hear all The Voice would like to say, so I either cut the voice off or just did something else to distract me. I later came to know “The Voice” as the Holy Spirit. I also do remember back in the day I came up with a kind of diagram, what I termed “Humanity Stages”; We are born, then go to school, then get a Job, then get married, have kids and then wait for death.
Part of me wanted to know the reason behind my existence, but another part needed a reason to know. It’s almost like ‘you only read your book because you don’t want to fail’. So basically I had no reason to dig deep into the Word as at then.
My limited knowledge of scripture did not really help matters, combine that with the time-frame I could listen to the Holy Spirit at any given time (Which was about 2-5 minutes). This led to the tendency to rely more on what I observed in the world to help understand myself and how things worked.
One Lesson I learnt early on from this phase of my journey was you can’t create a proper view of God or yourself when your primary source of knowledge is the world. A lot of Christians, I believe, still fall into this trap of allowing the world to teach you then making statements like “even the bible says”. Nollywood teaches you the “truth” on the deceit of men, or Hollywood teaches you “truth” on love. Movies, Newspapers, News are not our primary source of information and therefore should not form our core believe but the Word of God. Any movie you watch, anything you read, should be screened with the word of God; not drawing your source from ‘out there’ but from His Word. Learn to divide “truth” from “worldly facts”.
The rest of my story continues next-week, in the meantime I would love to hear from you guys. How was your journey to Christ like? Please leave me a comment in the comment box.
Bible Quotes for the Day:
Romans 12:2 (KJV), And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(KJV) Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Seun Ajia enjoys writing, discussing and reading about who we are in christ, the totality of all He has promised and what we have inherited in him. He also has an Msc in Accounting and Finance. You could reach him via email firstname.lastname@example.org