Glorious Exits

Hi folks!

How are you doing and how has your week been so far? You see, I really want to know your answer.

There was a time in my life I felt I wasn’t good enough to pray like Dayo, the Stained Saint. While praying, I would cry so much. I guess onlookers thought I was too deep in prayer and really connecting, but in reality, I was crying because I felt too dirty – too unclean that I had to beg God for mercy to answer my prayer. And that happened once in a while when I felt good enough to follow the prayer structure I was brought up with religiously. Thank God, beg for His forgiveness, then ask for what you want, because how dare you to come to God with your filth?

I also remember when I was too shy to pray in front of peers or talk about God because I was too cool and didn’t want to be tagged a “spirikoko”. After all, everybody was a sinner. I would pray in secret and tell myself I wasn’t behaving like a Pharisee; praying and shouting in public, like the other goody-two-shoes. I knew God, I knew what He had done but like the Preferred Prodigal, I denied Him in public.

Did you know that there was this time I would do what my mates were doing because why not? It wasn’t because I loved doing any of those things. I was just a rebel who felt righteous once in a while after partaking in the sacraments of confession and penance. 

Then I got tired. Tired of living a lie. Tired of the rollercoaster ride of being clean today and dirty tomorrow. And I met Jesus.

Let me tell you about this man of Galilee whom I love so much. I had known about Him all my life but when I got to really know Him, it all changed. When Jesus died, He left us with the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit indwells in all who believe – all who believe that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins and rose on the third day for our justification and redemption. 

Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:13-14,

13. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

14. who a deposit is guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession— to the praise of his glory.

This is the definition of a seal: a piece of wax, lead, or other material with an individual design stamped into it, attached to a document as a guarantee of authenticity.

A seal is a guarantee of authenticity. The Holy Spirit is the seal all believers are marked with. He is the deposit guaranteeing that Christ is coming back for us. On the last day, when Christ comes to take His bride (believers) home, no believer will be left behind because He cannot leave a part of Him behind. The Holy Spirit is the mechanism for the resurrection of every believer. Hallelujah! We look forward to a beautiful end. This is the hope of every believer. 

13. for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

15. And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” – Romans 10: 13-15

Go, therefore, and preach the good news, oh ye with beautiful feet, that others may have this same hope that brings joy everlasting.

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