Sunday, 6 May 2012
I Don't Want To Hear That You Believe
You know, you have got to love Nigerians! We can dance! I am not sure there is any other nation that knows how to offer up praise and dance offerings up to God like we do. Come on! Naija people know how to groove to the glory of God o! I just wish we lived our lives as crazily on fire for God as we dance for him. I just wish. I tell you if it were possible to save Nigeria with just the first Sunday of the month Thanksgiving dancing that goes on in all our churches alone......this country would be in a different place right now. But obviously, dancing alone will not cut it. Neither will just talking.
This is why I am saying that I don't want to hear that you believe in God. I want to 'see' it. Just show me. Don't tell me or drown me in Christian lingo. Just live your creed and prove it to me with your life. I don't want to hear that you are a believer. I want to experience it. And you ought to demand the same of me. It is so sad that we are that country that others point at saying that our Christianity is zillions of kilometres long but just one inch deep. Simply put, we are shallow Christians. All talk and no walk. *smh* Shame shame.
I have a feeling God feels the same way. Look at all of us today dancing and praising him from the bottom of our hearts cos truly we are thankful for all he has done in our lives. But would it not be just awesome if we could look back on the past month and confidently say that we lived lives that proved our gratitude too? As Dr. Okey Onuzo says, if we are truly grateful to God then we should show it by being truly obedient to him every step of the way, every day. Any gratitude we express to God without total submission to his word is just us being cute and polite. True gratitude to God should birth total obedience. Go and ask Abraham, he will confirm to you that God does not want to just hear that we believe in him. He wants to see it.
Don't get me wrong, our scripture-based confessions and faith proclamations are very powerful and I love the burst of positive energy I feel each time I manage (or remember) to squeeze in my daily confessions into my mornings but we must not stop there. We must move beyond what I call audio-Christianity where people just hear you say you are a believer to visual or if you like experiential Christianity where they actually see evidence of your claim in the way you live and experience its truth in the way you deal with them on a daily basis.
Anyway, today, I danced for my God like everyone else. I shook it like it was hot in gratitude to him because he has been incredibly good to me. And as I danced my last dance, I tied it to a number of requests and one of them was grace. Yes, I asked God for more grace to live for him more visually cos at this point in my life I don't want people to just hear that I believe in God.
I want them to See it. Experience it. Be touched by it.
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