Good day People of GOD.
Today, I am creating a new category of blog post where I will be sharing some of the lessons GOD has taught me through life experiences, some of them hard or bitter.
Quote of the day: ‘Don’t make excuses; just obey GOD.’ Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)
‘But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams (1 Samuel 15: 22 NIV).
In Luke 2: 41-52, there is a very instructive account of JESUS and HIS earthly parents (Mary and Joseph). Every year, JESUS’ parents journeyed to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When HE was 12 years, they went again as usual. However, when HIS parents were going home, HE stayed in Jerusalem, but they were not aware. They had journeyed for one day without Him, when they realized HE was absent. They went back to Jerusalem to find HIM. They found HIM in the temple courts, sitting among teachers, listening to them and asking questions. HE clearly was having a good time there. When they found HIM, and HIS mother said Joseph and herself had been upset searching for Him, and HE said, ‘Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? (verse 49)’. Yet, HE went back with them and was obedient to them (verse 51).
Wow. JESUS was certainly an Awesome Child. I remember myself at 12- I was a bit headstrong and feisty. I probably would have argued after all, I was in the House of GOD, so I should be left alone. Yet, our Awesome LORD & SAVIOUR, GOD the Son, OBEYED HIS PARENTS AND WENT HOME WITH THEM (note the triple emphasis)!
This is the story (grab a cup of coffee if you can ☺). At the beginning of this year 2016, I was appointed as the Secretary of a Christian Campus Fellowship at the University of Pretoria by the then Director of the Campus Fellowships belonging to our church in Pretoria- my lovely father. However, a new pastor was brought to our church. Later, somebody came to tell him the new pastor at our church, was planning to upset the existing fellowship structure, appoint new people and do things his own way (this turned out to be false). My father, being a wise man wanting to avoid trouble with the new pastor, pulled out of the Fellowship. He simply decided he would do nothing and let the new pastor take over. He told me to leave my job as a Secretary and not bother to do anything anymore. However, I had already warmed to the post of Secretary, and already had ideas of how the new team and I could transform the Fellowship and make a positive difference on our Campus. I was already imagining how would would be saved, and many students would want to be a part of us. Big dreams, hey.
When my dad told me to leave, I was upset, and tried to plead with him to wait and see if the report was true. Maybe see the new pastor and discuss things with him. However, my dad had already seen things I was not seeing. So I refused to leave the post of the Fellowship’s Secretary. There was nobody else available to take the post, because we were trying to resurrect an already dying Fellowship. This was largely due to the unwillingness of people to work for GOD where they would not be noticed and church politics. I thought I had a chance to possibly make a difference, and probably make a difference. I didn’t take the post up because I wanted power.
Thinking back now, I think I was quite excited about it. Did I like the fact that I would be exercising power or calling the shots? I don’t think so. I was excited about my new post and thought that I could possibly make a positive impact. Dude, I was so confident, it’s funny thinking about it now 🙂
GOD’s Truth, I did not ask for Divine Direction. And I deeply regret it. This is where I excluded the HOLY SPIRIT, and was on the ride to the club called ‘Disappointment’. I forgot 1 Samuel 15: 22, certainly.
This is where I missed it. I decided to go ahead and maintain the post of Secretary at the Fellowship. So, I started working hard. I created a WhatsApp group, and started getting things in motion in order to reregister the Fellowship on our campus. However, there was little to no enthusiasm from other members of our church who were students, because most people were busy. So, I did what I could here and there. I poured my everything into it, neglected my studies, and other things. I was doing most of the work, and sort of carrying the burden of the Fellowship on my shoulders.
At the same time, I was getting berated at home for continuing as the Secretary of the Fellowship. My parents were of the opinion I was going to get hurt in the end. The people I was working with were much older than me, they had much less passion for it I had, and they were not seeing the ‘Big Picture’ I was seeing. This would result in friction, and so on. But, I guess I did not understand how this could happen. I thought I had everything under control.
Finally, we were able to get 145 students to sign up to be members of the Fellowship, and we had a founding meeting which made everyone exhausted in planning it. On that day, something happened, and I was so exhausted. There was a disagreement, and somebody else I was working with was talking to me so rudely. She even insulted my father in the process! It was then I realized it was time to leave. This event really affected me, I could not sleep or think of much else. I was so down, because I was like, ‘Do I deserve this kind of treatment?’
Two weeks later, I got angry, and did something I still regret. I removed somebody from the WhatsApp group of the executive, which I had created. I did not think about what I was doing because anger and bitterness had started to set it in. But I apologised, and added her back. As a result, for one hour, people were accusing me of everything from being rude, to liking power, being too aggressive, liking power, not being dynamic etc. It was a 1 hr version of the Benghazi trial Hillary Clinton had. In the end, I came away TOTALLY BEWILDERED. It took weeks to finally get my life together.
So, I disobeyed my parents, I did not do what JESUS would do, and honey, I am paying for it. I have tried to forget it, but with passion comes pain. I carried the Fellowship as a child I had to raise. I poured my everything into it. THE POINT: IF I HAD OBEYED MY PARENTS, AND LISTENED TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, I COULD HAVE AVOIDED ALL THE EMOTIONAL STRESS I WENT THROUGH.
Finally, I am not perfect, and I don’t pretend to be. In fact, a favourite quote of mine is this: ‘I am a piece of art GOD is still working on, and the beautiful result will be unveiled in eternity.’ Ifeoluwa Oluyeju. I never pretended to know all. I may have made mistakes, but I know that GOD saw my passionate heart for HIM.
Do I regret everything/the whole experience? No. Because if I did not make these mistakes now that I am still living with my parents, I could have made the same mistakes when I am living on my own. And without my wise old parents, I would not have been able to bear the pain.
Moreover, I know that when there are conflicting Biblical or Christian or Godly interests, some interests must prevail. I think this is why GOD introduced the Ten Commandments. They are like the Constitution of GOD’s Kingdom- the Supreme Law of HIS Land. Where there is a clash between any of these Commandments and any other law, the Commandment(s) involved must prevail. I think this is why Awesome JESUS left the Bible Study which was fine in GOD’s Eyes, to obey HIS Parents, more important in GOD’s Eyes, as it is the first Commandment among the Ten, with a promise.
Once again, obeying GOD’s Word is less painful than having regrets.
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AmataDei Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)
© May 2016