The Divine Mandate (by Eniola Longe)

          The other day in church, a missionary visited. It was a pretty enlightening experience. It may interest you to know that other African countries aren’t exactly like Nigeria. In most parts of Nigeria, you can have about 7 churches in the same area (so, it will be difficult for a Nigerian to tell God on judgement day that he/she never heard the Gospel). However, this is not the reality of most of the other African countries. In Mauritania, a 100% of her population is Muslim. In Niger 80% of the population is Muslim. Even in Nigeria, 50% of our population is Muslim while 10% practice traditional worship. What am I driving at here? Yes, we may not be able to become missionaries for one reason or the other, but we can do something in our own little way to preach the Gospel. We can evangelize.

         Now evangelism is not the time when you come out to shine and boast in your knowledge of the Word. No! It’s a time to sow the Word, into the hearts of men. We honestly cannot bring men to Christ as a result of the excellency of our speech, its only by God’s grace. 1 Corinthians 2: 1 says, ‘And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God’. The Gospel is God’s testimony. We are just the vessels.
         Missions are actually great for Christians. This is because we know what comes after every nook and cranny of the earth has been preached unto. The Bible in Matthew 24: 14 says, ‘And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come’.
So there we have it, when we go and preach the Gospel, just like we were commanded; the end will come. The way I see it, anyone who isn’t preaching the Gospel is not preparing for the end. Jesus wasn’t joking when He said that the harvest was plenty and the labourers few.
          But really, as Christians, I think our mind-set towards this should be the sooner the better. I mean, would you rather stay here and suffer instead of legally going to heaven quickly. You know how some people have suicidal thoughts; I think they should become missionaries. But, disclaimer, it’s kind of counterproductive. When you realize the amount of people that actually do not understand the sacrifice of Jesus, the love you have for God will not allow you kill yourself.
          Now I’m not saying being a missionary or evangelizing is all fun and games, not at all. Christians have been persecuted since Jesus’s time and even more so in our time. The point however remains that in Matthew 11: 12 the Bible says, ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.. The persecution itself is the fulfilment of the Scripture because none of God’s words will fall to the ground. Matthew 24: 9 says, ‘Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake’.
So, count it all joy.


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