Wow, it’s been almost two years now since my last post, it feels so good to be back. I thank God for His infinite grace and mercies. Without further ado, let’s move on. In the last episode of the “Judges” series, we looked at the act of judging others from a Biblically historical perspective. Today, let’s look at a practical scenario where I just happened to be the judge in the case against two jolly agberos (local touts).
2017 Crossover Service
So 2016 was a very tough year for me. It was full of intrigues, politics, and pain. I got so engrossed in the activities of the year that I put everything else on hold, including God’s work. That’s why my last publication was in January 2016. To cap it all, Hostgator deleted my hosting account including all the accompanying websites. Apparently, I never knew that my website could be deleted from the face of the earth with all its content, now I have to start all over again. Yeah, you can say it, I was a Muntula.
So with all these, I wasn’t ready to have it in 2017, I wasn’t going to let 2016 repeat itself. It is not a new thing for Christians to attach spiritual importance to crossover declarations, whether at a crossover service in church or at home. So I went to the crossover service with all seriousness, I wasn’t smiling at all.
Two Jolly Agberos
It was time for the sermon and I was trying to pay very strict attention to the pastor’s message, I really meant business. Then these two guys came in and decided to sit beside me. As if that wasn’t enough distraction already, the next thing I knew, I started hearing loud conversations beside me. Now, I was fully distracted and really pissed off. The distraction was so bad that I can tell you that they were talking about collections and remittances.
I wanted to correct them, but from their conversation, voice tone and accent, and given the location of the crossover service (Lagos Island), I didn’t need any spiritual leading to know that they were agberos. I just shut my mouth immediately, expecting the usher standing behind us to correct them, but my guy also didn’t want anybody to go and wait for him at the bus stop after the service.
Since I had no liver to correct them, I opted for sign language, at least maybe they’d figure they were constituting a nuissance. I started changing sitting positions, leaning forward, adjusting my chair and muttering to myself, but to no avail. After a short while, I summoned up courage, stood up in anger (making it obvious that I was pissed off) and moved forward to an empty row where no one would distract me again. I was so self-centred that I never even considered that they probably just wandered in and were not born again.
It was almost midnight, so the pastor rounded up his powerful message and made an altar call. Lo and behold, these two jolly agberos got up and answered the altar call. As they came forward, walking past me, it dawned on me that I had messed up badly.
I never though that they could actually pick up parts of the message. I never considered that the Holy Spirit could minister to them through the little they had heard. What if these guys refused to answer the altar call because they had noticed my distaste for them to the point of moving to another sit? So that’s how we would have lost them just like that? How often do you see agberos giving their lives to Christ?
In the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10), we see a good scenario. All Zacchaeus wanted was to see who Jesus was. He wasn’t interested in hearing Jesus preach or anything, he was just curious to see who the man was. However, Jesus never condemned him and rather invited himself into Zacchaeus’ house and Zacchaeus got more than he bargained for, he found love Himself. He rushed down from the tree and received Jesus joyfully, and basically gave his life to Christ, while people were busy condemning Jesus for lodging with a sinner. Jesus didn’t even have to preach.
Today, Zacchaeus and those two jolly agberos have their names written in the book of life. Would you be me, or one of those judges reminding Zacchaeus and those two jolly agberos that they are sinners? Or would you be Christ giving Zacchaeus and those two jolly agberos more than they bargained for?
Finally, if you haven’t yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and saviour, He wants to give you more than you bargained for. Jesus loves you, and wants to invite himself into your life today. Please say this short prayer with me:
“Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I have sinned and come short of your glory. Please forgive and have mercy on me for all my sins. I confess that You are the son of God, I believe that you died for my sins, and I believe that God raised you from the dead. I proclaim you as my Lord and saviour. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me. Amen!”
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!