“I Am Not Ashamed Because I Know Whom I Have Believed…!”
A Fulbright scholar from USA having served with us as a teaching colleague at the Seminary in Kumba observed that what he found lacking in the meditations was the lack of personal involvement. He hardly heard us teachers or students using our personal stories as testimonies of how the gospel have impacted our lives or the lives of others through us.
Paul is one such New Testament teacher who would sieze any opportunity to be a testimony to the people he preached to or those he thought.
You my followers may have noticed that’s my approach although I received insults from some colleagues, especially last year that I am preaching myself on Facebook claiming to be a preacher. That does not deter me in any way for I know if you are not in front of somebody he cannot kick your buttocks.
Imagine this poor boy who trekked from Bali to attend an interview in Sacred Heart College. He was wearing a “papa dash me short trouser” twice bigger his size. He was the only boy at the inteview grounds without shoes. And today I still remember one question which was asked me whose meaning dawned on me only later on in life. “Who is the richest person among your relatives?” The point was, looking at the way you are dressed, though you are intelligent, who is going to sponsor you?
That is why back home I was introduced to two relatives, one a carpenter and the other a bricklayer. I was asked to make a choice of what I’ll want to become. My choice was carpentry because bricklayers carry heavy stones and I know I’m a weakling.
I was apprenticed and practiced as a full carpenter in a few towns of this triangle. I was not born and passed through Sunday school like you, but there was that fire burning in me to know God because I was always reading my Bible, particularly the Mungaka Bible for purposes of wanting to read Mungaka.
Don’t ask me how it happened, but some of you know how far the Lord has taken me to, before asking me to return to the purpose of my calling.
Colleagues admired me and called me to the second highest administrative office of my Church. I thank you all for the honour, but the Lord just reminded me he didn’t call me to go sit in an office enjoying a title.
He appointed me a herald and apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering (being mocked at). Yet I am not ashamed because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
You see friend, it is for this reason that I can only pray for those who have problems with the Lordship of Jesus Christ. My consolation is that someday the Lord will speak to them like he spoke to Paul and to me and others.
As for you brethren, what you’ve heard from us, “keep as a pattern of sound teaching with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in you”(II Tim.1:11-14).
Weekend prayer: Holy Spirit enable me to guard the good deposit that has been entrusted to me. Amen!
Have a blessed weekend! Peace be with you!