She raised her little hand ecstatically and the teacher pointed at her to answer the question. “We should obey God” she paused then continued, “and our parents too.” Then she shyly took her sit as her fellow students applauded her efforts. Her smile was priceless and her face glowed with enthusiasm after the teacher affirmed her answer. The glimmer of hope in her little sparkling eyes was so innocent. Just then I saw myself in her a few years ago, all bubbly and joyous, nothing really mattered then as long as I saw my friends and enjoyed playing games with them after a Sunday class. It was all I treasured then.
Watching that little child arose in me a mixture of feelings. I was really joyous at her courageous act and how she truthfully answered the question, but at the same time saddened.
Here’s why. She’s growing up in a society that has been defined by almost everything. The beliefs of the upright society have been compromised. The environment she’s growing in has been polluted: from the schools, means of transport, men and women around her just to mention but a few. Will she survive the brutality of this society? What are the chances of her survival? Many questions that require vivid answers are posed to each and every one of us. That’s just one soul, how about the many more unheard of?
The common phrase this days, “watoto wa siku hizi wanajua mengi” (kids of this generation have a lot of knowledge), context being, the much they have been exposed to is way more than their age allows. It’s more sorrowful than it is impressive.
Where are the Christian brethren who will stand up for truth and deny the ways of the world on behalf of our generation? We have conformed to the patterns of this world, compromised our faith out of our own selfish desires, we have even welcomed the ways of the world into a congregational worship!!! It is heartbreaking that we who are supposed to be the light of this world have neglected our secret places and are concerned about things that heathens are after. It is time we repent, confess our sins before the Lord for the salvation of our souls and for them who are still in the darkness to be brought to the glorious light of the gospel.
2 nd Chronicles 7:14,
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
- Humble Christians
In this context, we are to be men and women who will not consider or think themselves highly before the Lords sight, but shall humble themselves (consider themselves least) for the sake of the kingdom of God. A selfless people. (Philippians 2:2)
People who are relentless in matters prayer. They pray without ceasing for they know nothing except from prayers. (Ephesians 6:8)
3. Seekers of the Lord
Men and women who will devote themselves fully to seeking the face of the Lord. For He promises if you seek you shall find. (Matthew 7:7)
4. Lovers of righteousness.
Believers who will esteem righteousness above all things, and turn away from their wicked ways. “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness, therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” (Psalm 45:7)
- The Lord will hear from heaven.
“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of their troubles” (Psalm 34:17)
- And will forgive their sin
“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13)
- And will heal their land
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for His inheritance”
Thus says the Lord!
Let us press on toward the mark of our high calling, bearing in mind that we are just aliens on this earth and our citizenship is in heaven. Let this world recognize you by the God you serve and not what you have.