My brothers and sisters,
I have to share this testimony. It has been on my heart and I wanted to share to all who are willing to listen (well, read).
IN BAE WE TRUST
I was blessed with the opportunity to be part of the question and answer panel at the “In Bae We Trust?” relationship event held at University College London. I was in the midst of excellent speakers and I want to congratulate all those who have attended and those who had the courage to speak about their relationship concerns. Most importantly I want to thank God for what I had seen- His word touching the hearts of the students. My heart’s desire is to for the young minds to be stimulated by God’s word and God’s word alone and to understand that following His word will help in discernment, testing and applying THE solid standard on any form of relationship which is Jesus Christ. To those who have attended, I’m sure that you have been blessed, and the word of God had ministered to you.
As I left the premises, I had walked past an elderly lady who was sitting in the streets. This made me think back to what I had been studying in Isaiah 58 about true fasting, which I will be writing a separate post on by God’s grace. The elderly lady was being tended to by another lady who had stopped and given her some change. The elderly lady cried out that she did not want money, but wanted to sleep in a hostel because she could not spend another night on the streets. The lady responded that that’s all she could do and then walked off.
The Holy Spirit hit me strongly, as my mind went to think of the Good Samaritan and the Great Commandment, which is to love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10: 25 – 37, Matt 22: 39). I will conclude with the practical application of this scripture.
I had stepped in once the lady left and had asked her questions regarding her needing a hostel, such as location and how much it would cost. Once she had answered, I informed her that I was going to help her. What happened next took me by surprise; the elderly lady started to praise the Lord.
After helping her up (she had arthritis in her knees) and having a general conversation, I had discovered that she is a Bible believing, Christ honouring Christian, and had placed her faith in Him for 4 years. This made me extremely happy to hear, and I had asked her for her story.
She shared that she had been married for 10 years, and was subject to domestic abuse throughout. She had no reason to lie about this, she showed me the cigarette burns, her missing teeth and shared that she has to go to the hospital for dialysis treatment regularly, for she had no kidneys; an encounter with her husband armed with a baseball bat which caused a hole in her spine. She had enough and had left the relationship and been on the streets ever since. Yet, despite all, she had never given up on Jesus.
Once her bus came and we departed, I walked off lost within my thoughts and I would like to remind you of the following points:
We ought not to be like the Priest and the Levite who walked passed the man half beaten. The Priest and the Levite represent those who have knowledge and awareness of the Law, but were expected to apply it, they did not. I had a very good time speaking at the event, but as far as I’m concerned, if I had walked past the lady, then biblically speaking, I would have been no better than the Priest or the Levite.
Service is not giving people what YOU THINK they need. Rather it is the ability to meet the immediate NEED at that particular time. This is evident when the lady above was asking to stay at a hostel and was given coins instead. I believe that if we do have the resources available to make arrangments like this happen, then we ought to do so rather than do the bare minimum. In that moment, I knew I needed the money, but the elderly lady needed it more.
Loving you neighbour as you love yourself means that you treat or care for others the way you would like others to treat you. The same love and care you give to yourself should be the benchmark on how to relate and care for others.
Be about your faith. It is not enough to go to church to learn about the God’s word as well as the nature and character of Jesus; to speak and to share His word then go into the world and not apply what you have learnt. Isaiah 58 will give more insight on this point.
Lastly, a call to everyone of every race, religion, creed and whether married or not; domestic abuse is absolutely unacceptable.
The reason this testimony is so dear to my heart because I can only imagine how it would have looked like in the Lord’s eyes, if I had seen this lady crying out for help, walked past her and continued like nothing had happened. There is no guarantee that someone else would have helped her out. A scary thought.
Please, brothers and sisters, be about your faith. Love one another as you love yourselves. Give yourself up for the cause for others in the name of the Kingdom. Amen.
I would like to give special thanks to God for the lives and individuals involved in the King’s Gospel Society (@KCLGMS1) and UCL Gospel Society (@UCLU_VOCE) and to thank them for arranging the In Bae We Trust conference!
I would also like to thank Caitlin Nunez (@_caitlinnunez) for sharing an awesome word at #TBCMHINENI and the Triple-Braided Cord Ministry (@The_TBCM) for hosting such a wonderful event! Keep on for the Kingdom!
Tunde T. Amao