I DEFINITELY LOOKED ‘STUPID'(Gratitude for Nine Years of Ministry in and From Eruwa)
An elderly man walked into the first ministry office and said, “Barrister, I am glad you are now in town. We will begin to patronise you”. My response definitely was a shock to him. I was not in town to practise law, I was in town for the work of ministry.
A bookstore in front and a back office that was “tastefully” furnished was opened on November 23, 2011. I resumed daily without fail decked in suit and tie. I worked 8am to 6pm daily. Many would have wondered how a young man who was just called to the bar would choose to open a bookstore in a small town? I must have looked crazy.
For me, it was a journey of trust!
Perhaps the most essential ingredient of ministerial assignment would be “Trust”. The one who is called must trust the One that is calling. Obedience is rooted in trust. When trust is lacking, obedience becomes a tall order.
You must trust that the one who called would never fail you. You must follow Him as the blind party on the journey. Let God see it all while you simply follow.
At times, you need to trust Him that He will help you answer questions that no matter how much you try, you cannot give a satisfactory response.
You must learn to trust Him when you are despised because of the path that you have chosen. You must trust God when it is tough and you know that absconding from the call could give you ‘better financial footing’.
You must trust Him when men hurt you and be quick to forgive. He is teaching you how to love when it is tough. It is part of the curriculum of the soldier of Christ.
Ah! You must trust Him when He asks you for Isaac. You believe that He can raise life from the dead but it will be some long journey of faith mixed with “concerns” of “Where do I start from?”
In the midst of it all, always remember:
God chose things the world considers foolish… And he chose things that are powerless… God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all… As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 NLT
Counted as Nothing!
But simply a Vessel used of God.
We cannot boast. Never!
To God Alone Be All the glory