GOD WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD!

Many students in the Nigerian Universities of our time were hard up!  They could not easily feed well, wear good clothes, buy prescribed text books/stationery, etc., and they slept anywhere they found each night. Sadly, the Nigerian government did not come to their aid!

I was to some extent, one of the students described above, not necessarily because our parents were poor, but because they had numerous people to cater for with their limited and over-stretched wages.  As a result, they never had enough to satisfy our needs.  Still, we were very happy to share our home, and the little we had, with those we met.

As part of my coping strategy, therefore, I teamed up with one of my friends, and we became impromptu designers of clothes and shoes, for our exclusive use, and to boost our appearance and social status, at least a bit.  Most times, we used flashy but cheap materials to make our products, and we dared not wear some of them in the rain because they would shrink, and get damaged instantly.

With time, we became fairly visible in and out of our campus, and we made friends with many helpful people along the way.  We attended a lot of social functions and studied very hard as well.  And on many occasions, people commended us for looking trendy, smart, and clean. Some boys even begged us for stuff; they probably thought we were well-off!

While several people applauded us for who we had become, some detested us for the same reason.  And at one point, one boy accused me of “showing off my family wealth”; I wonder where that came from. Another threatened to harm me because, to him, I was “too classy, too cheerful, and too loved by people” for his liking. Meanwhile, he is from a rich family, far more comfortable than I was.

One day, I sat down in my room and appraised the level of hatred, hostility, envy, and threats, hurled at us.  In the end, I encouraged myself with the fact that it is the Lord who made us stand out from the crowd, to begin with, so, it would be impossible for anyone to harm us successfully (Romans 8:31, Isaiah 54:17a).  I can boldly confirm here that those who detested us then, are our good friends today. Hallelujah!

Friend, God made us stand out from the crowd after he enabled us to tackle our lack in some way.  He will do the same for you also if you approach Him; your present situation notwithstanding.  He will surprise you, and make a way for you where there seems to be none (Isaiah 43:19).

He will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19), bless the work of your hands (Deuteronomy 28:12), and restore back to you, all you lost in the past (Joel 2:25-26).  Besides, He will heal you (Jeremiah 33:6), defend you (Psalm 91:11), and make your enemies become your friends (Proverbs 16:7).

And after He had finished fixing you, you will become refined like silver and gold (Zechariah 13:9).  People shall call you blessed (Malachi 3:12), and His name shall be glorified in your life, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

 

FROM SAUL TO PAUL

I worked under a brilliant medical doctor shortly after I graduated from the medical school. He was a good man, but he did not fancy born-again Christians much for reasons best known to him, and he used every opportunity he had to put us down. I was then a newly born-again Christian!

Before long, he side-lined me from virtually every activity of the hospital and denied me my legitimate rights and privileges. But, I plodded on regardless, albeit with much pain and discouragement. To me, he was running his life like the biblical Saul!

One day, after much prayer, I invited him to a program in our church. Of course, he was surprised that I came to him for such purpose, and he quickly eased me out of his office and presence. But I did not give up; I went back to him a couple of times thereafter. Early one morning, he summoned me to his office and told me he would attend the program, and he did with his wife. In the end, he gave his life to Christ; he became born-again to the glory of God.

And right from the following day, my boss was everywhere, preaching Jesus Christ, and urging people to give their lives to Him; his limited knowledge of the Christian faith and the Bible notwithstanding. Sadly, he lost his life in a fatal car accident less than a month after his conversion, and we mourned him deeply. However, we were comforted in a vision that he made it to Heaven. He ran his life like Saul but ended it like Paul. Hallelujah!

Friend, how are you running your life at present? Are you running it, like Saul? That is, in your own way, doing evil, and impeding the work of God? If you are, then you need to change your lifestyle straight away, otherwise, you will not go far (Romans 6:23), and you will not end well like Paul.

So, how can you end well like Paul? Well, you can only do so through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Saul had a change in his lifestyle only after he had an encounter with Him (Acts 9:1-6). You need to have an encounter with Jesus Christ too, you need to surrender your life to Him, you need to become born-again for your lifestyle to change, and for you to end well, and attain Heaven finally (John 3:3).

Now, after becoming born-again, you need to join a bible teaching/believing and praying church, and fellowship there (Hebrews 10:24-25). You must also involve yourself in soul winning activities and do good because both will pay off in the long run (Proverbs 11:30, Galatians 6:9). In addition, you must focus your attention on Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2), and have absolute faith in God (Hebrews 11:6). Besides, you must be filled with the Holy Spirit; this is for your own good please (Acts 1:8, John 14:26, John 3:5-6, etc.)

Friend, if you have done all above, then please stand firm (Ephesians 6:13), and be vigilant lest you fall (1 Corinthians 10:12). By the grace of God, you will not fall, you will end well on earth, and like Apostle Paul, you too will find yourself in a position where you can boldly say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7), in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker