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.

How about you? Think about it, will you? For now I bid thee a God ordained work week!

10 comments:

  1. True True Nigerians can dance eh!!... We just have our way with praises.

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    1. Yes, we can o! It is something to behold.

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  2. So true, it should be a lifestyle and not a sermon, our everyday choices should mirror our belief. Like the saying goes "be careful how you live, you might be the only bible someone has the opportunity to read"

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    1. Indeed Jhazmyn. Indeed. There is this question that always drives the point home for me. I cannot remember how exactyly it goes but is is something like if a person meet me and interacted with me would s/he find Jesus Christ?

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  3. This is some serious oro...

    Believing won't cut it.

    Thanks for the picture gadget of my book

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    1. As our people would say, 'you cannot thank your person'. Lol! My pleasure really and all the best with it as God breathes on it......

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  4. The light many of us shine as Christians can hardly light up a room talk less of the world. Only God's grace can rekindle the fire.

    It's sad that not many are desperate to walk the talk...

    btw i love Dr. Okey Onuzo... and i miss thanksgiving in City Of David(i assume you go there cos of the 'last dance' comment. Can't wait to be back in Lagos.

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    1. God will have to help us FQ. He has too. At least let him help you and let him help me. Abi? I love, love, love Dr. Okey Onuzo! He does not mince words at all and I adore that. Yep! City of David on thanksgiving sunday? An experience!

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  5. I'm sitting in the office reading this and it is soooo true! Christianity needs to come alive in Nigeria! The Bible did not lie when it said by their fruits you shall know them and also let your good works so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven. It should be people coming up to ask us if we're christians cos they've seen our actions and not us telling everyone we meet! Whilst I know that christianity is a personal race and everyone will answer to God personally, it's always so saddenning and shameful when it is self-confessed, born-again christians telling blatant lies and being caught out in fraudulent acts.
    We've been called to a life of good works and right actions but we all need God's abundant grace cos its not possible without him!
    P.s. I can't help being impressed whenever i read your blog, i still haven't stopped telling everyone i meet about the diary! I will continue to encourage you as God is obviously working through you and you return all the glory to Him! God bless and continue to increase you, iJn,amen.

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    1. Thank you so much Amaka! Indeed, we only do cos God lets us so all credit must go back to him.

      You are so right. No one of us can do it without God's help. But many of us ask for the help and then expect that somehow it will JUST happen 'magically. God will help us for sure BUT we have to consciously CHOOSE to do his will......

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