I once worked with an organisation where though I did not write any aptitude tests or attend any physical interviews, I was thoroughly interviewed for several hours on phone. My boss then was based in the UK , while I was to represent him in Nigeria as the Head of Admin and Operations. I remember on that job, He would send in Memo from the UK almost every other day via e mail giving specific instructions on how and how not to run his company, our dress code, behavioural attitudes, codes of conduct etc. Though we did not see him physically, we had to strictly adhere since we were recruited. The shocking thing is that till I left the organisation, and even till date, I have not set my eyes on my boss, don’t know what he looks like , except for Facebook pictures, but I heard his voice on phone and got his mails everyday. Aside, being a customer service based organisation that ran almost exclusively on constant and uninterrupted communication between Nigeria and the UK, my then boss would send what we called ‘instructions’ almost every other hour, being the list of activities we must work on per minute and per hour, otherwise the business would fail her teeming customers.
I sit and wonder in utmost shock how some folks got into Christianity, how actually they became born-again, if they truly ever are. I see church workers and ministers malign, backbite, fornicate without conscience, steal, damage their fellow workers, lie etc and I wonder if they were actually ever recruited or they just got in by some means. I wonder if some ever even have some level of conscience controlling them, even if not the Holy Spirit. I wonder if some of these folks ever woke up every morning and got instructions for the day , from their boss, God, and not necessarily their pastor, as the pastor too was recruited just like you.
I just wonder in amazement if some people working hard in church have ever being to the cross, if they know what Jesus actually looks like , or if they would recognise Him if he passed by in disguise.
I realised that how you get to Christ matters. Many of our 21st century Pentecostal Nigerian churches are not doing us much good. In all sincerity, and with much pains in my heart, not trying to judge anyone or put any one down, but in the spirit to sincerely helping these folks, MANY OF OUR CHURCH WORKERS, MINISTERS, AND PERHAPS PASTORS ARE NOT GENUINELY BORN AGAIN BY DIVINE ENCOUNTER, but by responsibility and activities, and I make bold to say it.
A certain guy walks into your church on Sunday, maybe with his wife and little baby, looks polished and responsible , maybe drops some good offering and tithe, before long without sincere questions on where he is coming from and why he left where he was, without questions on his salvation experience, joins the work force, had some pseudo training on how to be a good, well packaged worker etc, joins maybe the choir, God bless him if he could sing well a little, begins to minister on the altar, after some time the current HOD is transferred from work, you make him to act , then he does well, you make him substantive then he does well, and you probably post him out as an assistant pastor , and then a pastor , and on and on he goes, without necessarily being born again… OR you preach some good message on prosperity and make some altar call for those who want to come to Jesus if they really want to enjoy this prosperity, she walks out, become a worker the following Sunday, does some kind of pseudo workers training .The moment such a person is injected into your system, only heaven knows how far she could go in your system or church establishment.
I really stand to be corrected, but UNLESS YOU HAVE A DEFINITE encounter(s) with the Lord one on one, except the encounter is strong enough that it brought a fundamental U-TURN to your spirit, soul body, and way of life , except you truly stopped your evil way of life, I don’t mean sleeping with 5 guys per week bf and now with 3, or drinking 10 bottles of beer before and now 1. I mean a real turn around, am afraid you are not born again. Our churches today only teach us how to be better people, and not how to truly come to the cross, die, and resurrect with Christ. They teach us the palliatives, the plastics and not the real thing.
Unfortunately our big fathers in faith only tell us God will bless us, and how they bought the jet and raised money for the University, without placing REAL EMPHASIS ON HOW THEY GOT TO WHERE THEY ARE, the hard trainings God took them through, the deep fellowships they had with God on dark damp and cold mountains of prayer, the disappointments, the times they applied faith and it didn’t really work like they wanted it etc. I see many pastors become uncomfortable when you address real sin issues on their pulpits and make calls for people to be born-again and come to the altar to accept Jesus. I see them feel uncomfortable and like “ Guy you are spoiling this packaged setting, everyone has been packaged to act in some way, so just leave them and don’t address the issue of sin, just teach on prosperity , leadership, money ,sing and make them happy, don’t make them sad, guy, make them happy. The world is full of much trouble already, make them happy here man”. And that saddens my heart!
No matter how much you follow an MTN truck dancing, wearing their T-shirt and face cap as they do promotion in the market place, you are MOST LIKELY NOT THEIR STAFF. We that watch you on the street know, they just hired you for that moment to dance and sell SIM card. No matter how much you form inside University of Ibadan (U.I), sleep in the halls of residence, attend lectures, etc, and you have no admission letter, you will eventually not get a certificate. But U.I community is so large nobody would know. My younger brother who is now a graduate student in Canada once did that , having become very tired of being at home after several failed attempts to gain admission into a school, he literally parked in to join me in Tedder Hall UI, came to fellowship, moved round, was loved by girls ( Lol ) etc but he was not a U.I student. He automatically became popular because I was quite popular on campus, and we look alike. He soon disappeared the moment he secured an admission to University of Jos, and of course, he currently lives in Canada. But till date , maybe till tomorrow, many of our fellowship folks assumed he schooled in UI.
That is exactly how many of our church workers and minsters are. That you are involved in some activities in church is no guarantee of heaven. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. That you were given some leadership positions, and or you engage in some fasting or opened some pages of the Bible hurriedly because you will give an exhortation does not guarantee that you are in the fold. This is the primary reason why we have Christians who no longer look like Christ, Christians who keep malice, who are still consulting babalawo etc. We have mixed sheep and goats, eagles and doves, and so we have so much discordant tones in church. We have cloaked people with heavy garments of responsibility to the point that they equate activity with spirituality.
How do you speak for the person who didn’t recruit you. How do you carry out instructions for the man you don’t have a personal relationship with, how do you come on a stage and represent an organisation that did not brief you to do so? How do you serve a God you did not meet one on one? Your pastor or prophet CANNOT MEET HIM ON YOUR BEHALF. You have to meet Him yourself, and take instructions for life from Him.
I personally had a time when I told God that “in case this date I carry about as the official date I became born again was not correct, I decide and choose to become born again again, here and now, and start a fresh walk with You.” Some call that rededication. May sound funny but its the truth. I don’t want all these my labour for God burn on the last day .Heaven may not ask you the exact day you became born again, how long ago or how close, heaven will only ask if truly, if sincerely you did.
I hope my piece will help a few people this morning. This thought has been a big burden on my heart for a while. Good morning.
Written by Eben Alonge
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