When I was much younger (secondary school) I was so fascinated by Islam i wanted to be a Muslim. My mum has a Muslim background while my dad is a Christian however when I got to secondary school I had friends that were Muslims and so I wanted to be like them.I changed my name to Mariam (Don’t judge me oh), I started learning all the Surahs and I started following them to the mosque for Jumat on Fridays.Somehow I was discouraged from pursuing my dreams of becoming a full fledged Muslim by my Mother(Thank God) and her reason that time was that my Dad is a Christian and so I had to be a Christian too.
Cool story right??? But that was actually what happened to me and each time I think back all I can say is that Gods’ grace is really amazing…..it is at work in our lives even when we don’t have the slightest idea of what it is.
What stood out for me then and even now is how people of the other religion are unashamed about their faith.They make sure you know it hence my fascination back then.
I currently work on the Island and very close to where I work there is this make shift mosque.I call it make shift because it is technically just an open space by the road and what amazes me is that whenever it’s time for prayers,the place is always filled.Just seeing them praying by the road side not minding the passerby gets to me every time.
I recently had to get something at the Lagos Island market and if you know the terrain well, you will agree with me that there a lot of corners.I went around four in the afternoon so it was close to prayer time and once again I saw Men and women filling different nook and cranny with their praying mats.
This struck a cord in my heart and I heard a gentle question in my spirit…..Are you this dogged about your faith???
Do people know you are a Christian?
How often do you talk to people about your God?
How well does your lifestyle show forth his glory?
Social media has given everyone a voice and if you stand in the minority you will get dragged.So we would rather just keep quiet about our Faith and our God before people start to call you a fanatic.
Christians now prefer to just stay on the fence instead of taking a biblical stand about issues because we don’t want to be tagged “SU” after all like we all say “No be me kill Jesus”
I realized that when I am on call in the hospital,I don’t bother praying in the morning majorly because I just think it’s somehow observing my quiet time in the room with someone there with me but Muslims pray freely in the call room.I know we are not supposed to be hypocritical in fact that was my most valid excuse until I remember that it was killing my fire little by little.
Sometimes when I see someone doing the wrong thing i am afraid of telling them otherwise simply because I don’t want to be tagged “Stiff”
Somehow we are starting to blend with the crowd and there is now a thin line between who a Christian is and who is not.
I want to be bold about my faith….Not the “rub it in your face kind of bold” but the “drawing people to God kind of bold”
I want everyone to know I am in love with him
I want to be like the Three Hebrew boys who were permanently Unapologetic even in the face of death.
I don’t want people to ask me if I am a Christian or not…..they should just know by the way I live my life.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13 KJV
I want to be a good Ambassador for God’s kingdom.
Love and Revelational Light