On My recent trip to Mombasa, my expectations were big and definitely I had plans laid out for the visit, from visiting my big sister to attending my friends function and definitely touring Mombasa town. You all know the excitement that comes along with having a vacation, right!! Before I left for the trip, I had my me time with God in my prayer closet and the Holy Spirit actually ministered to me in such a profound way, “Beaty you need to allow God’s presence to go ahead of you and rely on His will not your own. Wah! That was profound; I had to slow down and surrender everything to God, to allow Him to take over , even though in my mind I had envisioned traveling to Mombasa to have fun.
My whole concept changed and my desire was, God to reveal Himself to me, despite the plans I had in place. Getting to Mombasa was much of listening and learning, what God had in store for me. This sounds out of the reality we are used to but we need to understand, God has many facets that He reveals His glory to us. My big sister and her family were actually hosting me for the visit, which was fun and wonderful as a busy damsel.
So during one of our tours as local tourists, we did visit Fort Jesus and I discovered something very interesting, which made me marvel at the wonders of God and how He demonstrates His nature. While standing beside fort Jesus facing the ocean, I discovered people were swimming at the edge of the ocean but near a sewer which had burst. First of all, I wondered whether these guys were okay in terms of mentally because that was such a great risk, in exposing one’s health to such danger. This for me was out of place and out of curiosity, I had to ask my brother In-law, whether the people swimming were actually sober and if there were health risks involved.His response to my questions was mind blowing “the salt in the ocean water is usually too concentrated to allow micro-organisms in the sewer to survive, which are harmful to us.Once the ocean water gets into contact with the sewer the micro-organisms are destroyed hence the water is safe for people to swim.Wow! I was astonished by such discovery.
using the above simple illustration,i would like to describe how our lifestyles as Christians, ought to be saturated with God’s love, truth, knowledge and revelation.Being saturated with God, makes it possible for whoever comes into contact with us be it a non-believer, a drug addict, an occultic or a prostitute,lives to be impacted positively. When we display a sincere lifestyle that reflects Jesus, which is full of love, compassion and not being judgmental, we end up winning more souls in God’s kingdom than pushing them away. It’s all about the nature of our hearts, a person who is bitter or angry will push away people because all they know is to wound other people.
Wounded people wound others, you cannot give what you do not have; you give people what you have.
Let’s be real here, most non-believers tend to walk away from our faith because they don’t admire what they see in some of us, which should not be the case.
So what do I mean being saturated in God!!! It’s all about trusting God to work in us before we reach out to other people, in order to love on people with His love which is pure and sincere. Just like the ocean water, it does not matter how contaminated the sewer is but direct contact with the ocean water, changes the content in the sewer . That also needs to apply in our lives as believers, any contact we have with non-believers should leave a positive impact that will make them, desire Jesus Christ who dwells in us, not the other way round.
Mirror on God’s word and Discover the TRUTH.
Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful because of your accurate knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ.
1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.