I am dedicating this piece, to the memory of one of my earliest Bosses. I used to call him ‘The Boss’. He was a very good man, a first class Medical Doctor and an avid lover of humanity. He treated everyone he met with respect, fairness and compassion. He also made life very easy for me when I was under his tutelage. But we disagreed on religious grounds. While I was then a newly converted Christian, he had very scanty regards for God, the Christian faith and Christians. As far as he was concerned and using his own words, ”it makes no sense following a God that doesn’t give a hoot about the suffering of the people”.
Of course, I tried my utmost best to change his religious views nonetheless; my efforts did not move him but I did not give up. Then one day, without preconditions, he accepted to be my guest at a Christian outreach/dinner party. To my delight, he followed the entire proceeding with rapt attention and in the end; he gave his life to Christ. He later told me that he felt truly happy for the first time in his life and that he would serve the Lord from that time on.
And almost immediately, as if in a race against time, he went from person to person and from place to place to preach Jesus. He also flaunted his born again Christian reputation everywhere he went. Regrettably, he lost his life in a fatal motor accident less than a month after he gave his life to Christ and we mourned his painful death deeply. We were however comforted through a vision, that he made it to heaven. To God be the glory for his short but brilliant life.
The account above, brings to the fore again the need for us to review our relationship with Christ if we really want to spend eternity with Him. The minimum requirement is to be born again (John 3:3) and this should be done quickly (2 Corinthians 6:2). ‘The Boss’ gave his life to Christ quickly, not knowing that his life was coasting to an abrupt end. Please learn from him. And perhaps you became born again earlier on, but you are not very happy with your relationship with Jesus Christ, please rededicate your life to Him promptly. But if you are OK with Him, I say bravo! You are definitely on your way to heaven but you must be vigilant so that you don’t derail along the way (1 Corinthians 10:12). May your earthly race make you happy and eventually, may it earn you a place in heaven in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
(c) Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2009