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‘My Walk With Christ’: Dolapo’s Jesus Story

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I don’t think I found Christ, I believe He found me!

Before coming into a relationship with Christ, I was not seeking God at all; in fact, I was extremely far from Him! Everything about my life three years ago sang worldliness; my actions, my thoughts, my words. I would say I had a very strong relationship with sin and it escalated as I got older. I always got in trouble with my parents and this always made me want to start on a clean slate. I would go for alter calls and ‘give my life to Christ’, with no real understanding of His love for me or the meaning of what Christ had done on the cross. I remember after every alter call I would cut all ungodly music out a14522947_1151127274980011_3462657435315792968_nnd start reading my bible, in my head I probably thought ‘yes Jesus I am ready to do this, I can do this!’ But, I would always either get bored or fall into sin, condemn myself and then go back to my old ways- not understanding how much of God’s grace I needed.

My first year of university, however, was when I would say my walk with God properly began. I had gotten in a huge mess and I was just tired of running from God and knew He was calling me. So, I decided to open my heart and mind to God and I am super glad I did! From first year till right now, my walk with God has been somewhat a roller coaster, with lots of ups and some downs. I would say most of my struggles have had to do with me not being fully aware of who I am in Christ. However, this is one thing I am growing to understand and I believe it truly makes the difference with our walk in Christ! As I continue to grow in my intimacy with Him, I am becoming more aware of who He is, what He has done for me and who I am in Him. I am growing to understand that I am the Daughter of the King of Kings and my identity is in Christ and there is absolutely nothing/no one else I want my identity to be rooted in *snaps fingers*

There have been so many defining moments in my walk with Christ and truly God is faithful!

I remember when I began my walk with Christ and literally had no friends because I felt I needed to change my environment to grow. I remember whispering to God in the library saying God I need new friends and then I went off to my lecture. The girl sitting next to me happened to be going for a campus fellowship, which she invited me for (a fellowship I now currently attend, which has helped me immensely in my walk with Christ). I also remember in my second year when I opened the doors to sexual immorality again and how God sent so many people to get me out of it and talk some sense in my head (and I overcame, thank God!). I remember last academic year being one of my hardest, however it was also the year I drew closer to God and leaned heavily on His grace and I ended up doing really well.

I can go on and on about the many things God has seen me through and done for me but to cut the long story short, everything that has occurred in my walk with Him points to one bible verse Philippians 1 v 6:

‘Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’.

So to anyone reading this I just want you to know that God loves you and He would never leave nor forsake you. Like Mathew 28:20 says, ‘He is with us always to the very end of the age!’. If you know Christ keep trusting Him and if you don’t, get to know the one who loves you wholeheartedly!

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Thank you so much Dolapo for sending us your Jesus Story!!

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‘Our Redemption Comes with a Purpose’

I’m so in awe of our God. The power of the gospel- the story of Christ’s death and resurrection never fails to give me chills. In spite of his sovereignty, God clothed himself in the limitations of human flesh, and suffered excruciating pain and humiliation at the hands of the very ones he formed. And at the end of it all he said, ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do’ [Luke 23:24]. What kind of love is that? I mean, Christ was the living God in human flesh. He could have stopped his torture in an instant! He could have wiped out every single person on the planet with one word if he wanted to. He could have chosen not to take that pain. But our God is love. He had to fulfil scripture, he endured it all with us in mind- that we may be able to run freely to the Father, commune with him, be in relationship with Him. We celebrate the resurrection of Christ because he came out victorious! He defeated death and the price for our sinful flesh was paid.

Jesus’ resurrection sparked off a worldwide movement that is relentless, growing, passionate, forging ahead into eternity. His resurrection sparked off the church. If Christ didn’t rise from the dead, what were the disciples spreading? What were they so passionate about? So much so that they were willing to die, just so they could let others know about this Jesus, about this freedom? That there is no longer any condemnation if people just accept God’s son! Peter said in 1 Peter 2:13 & 16, ‘but rejoice, inasmuch as you partake in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed [..] if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name’. The early Christians were willing to suffer horrible things out of love and devotion to Jesus and for the sake of the gospel.

I want to see what they saw. Imagine what it must have been like to spend every moment of Christ’s 3 years of ministry with him. They watched him heal the sick, calm storms, cast out demons, raise people from the dead. They saw the love he had, the authority he spoke with, his peace, his wisdom, his humility, his power, it was inhuman! They saw it. They were with him. They knew no other presence was like his. And then they watched him die the worst kind of death. I can’t imagine their sorrow. I cant imagine how they felt watching him bleed to death on the cross, nails in his wrists, thorns on his head, ripped flesh from beatings, hanging at a 45 degree angle, taking each painful breath for 9 hours, being taunted and spat on and mocked. I can’t imagine the anguish Jesus himself went through. My heart aches. As they saw him taken down and put in the tomb, what hope could they have had left in them? I would have been so bitter and angry. My friend, my mentor, who showed nothing but love to each person he came in contact with, perfect in every way, slaughtered like an animal. Yet, after three days of mourning, the place where he was buried was empty. And there he stood, before them in all his glory like nothing happened! At the resurrection, everything changed.

Reflecting on the death of Jesus, the reason he died, his resurrection, and the passion of the early church, I think.. are we too comfortable? Are we stepping out enough for the mission? Are we taking up our cross as Christ did for us? Are we testifying? Peter makes it clear that if we suffer as Christians, we should praise God that we even bear that name. I don’t know about anyone else, but I want to be in the very thick of what God is still doing in people’s lives through Jesus. I want to make his name even more famous than it is, and if I suffer for that, it’s a privilege to partake in his suffering. Being a Christian isn’t simply a title- our redemption comes with a purpose. Before Christ was taken up into heaven he said, ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ [Matthew 28:16-20]. We’ve been called to love, to impact the world’s culture, to step outside of ourselves in humility for others, to build his kingdom, spread the gospel… and there is still so much to be done. In verse 20 Jesus said, ‘and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’. And truly, he is. We believers all walk with him, we all know he’s with us, we’ve experienced how he transforms us, cares for us, we all feel his spirit behind both Christmas and Easter. Even more so, when we step out for his kingdom. Throughout history, no one’s referred to him as the late Jesus. Why? Because he’s the living God.

 

‘We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill’- Matthew 5:14-16

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Servant King

I thought an important follow up to the Be Audacious post would be to really answer the question, ‘how do we reflect Christ??’ It’s one thing saying we’ll be audacious, but how? What exactly are we being audacious about?

The main thing to highlight here is that, being audacious doesn’t mean being defiant /rebels in foolish ways. Jesus is an amazing example of this. He was a living, breathing, incarnation of God’s spirit here on earth, yet he was a servant to his followers and fully committed to the Father’s will. He shows us the beauty of humility and the biblical importance of submission and keeping the peace.  In Mark 12:14-17 the Pharisees and Herodians tried to trap Jesus by asking, ‘Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Ceasar (the government) or not?’”  In his infinite wisdom, Jesus asked them to bring him a coin then said, “‘Whose image is this? And whose inscription?’  ‘Ceasar’s,’ they replied. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s and to God what is God’s.’ And they were amazed at him.” (#BOOM. How can we not love this Jesus?!)

The first thing that comes to mind when reading this verse is this, whose image is on me and you? Is it not our creator? The One who made us in his likeness- His signature is in our very DNA. We can see it in the way we all have the innate need to give and receive love, create communities (fellowship), and want to worship something. (Now, what/who we then choose to love, commune [with] and worship is a whole other story, due to free will). But the point here is, we are to give to authority on earth what belongs to it AND give to God what belongs to Him (ourselves). Jesus makes it clear in verse 17, that we are to obey man’s law except when it conflict’s with God’s law. God’s law is his will and his will is in his word. Following his will in spite of earthly custom is how we are audacious. It’s how we reflect Christ, and the image stamped on us. We need to be bold in declaring God’s word with our lives, but also humble in keeping the peace and serving, just as our Jesus served.

As Christians, do our very lives proclaim who we serve? There’s a quote that hits home every time when it comes to this topic and it’s this: “The single greatest cause of atheism today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny him  by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” – Brennan Mannig 

My prayer is that the world sees Jesus in everything we do. That our actions match our words, and that God helps us to reflect His light and love.

We need to walk our talk.

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Back to my previous excitement, how can we not love our #servantking?! Use that hashtag on twitter alongside #worldlight or #walkthetalk to share your thoughts.

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Bible Study

-Mark 1:40-44 – Jesus heals a man with leprosy then instructs him to go to the temple priest and offer the sacrifice the law demands for thanksgiving
-Luke 2:51- Jesus was obedient to his parents (though he created them!)