So ‘the One’ campaign got my thoughts running. I read the online ‘backlash’ over it and the various comments and all I could mummer was mmh. You see, for me two thoughts lingered;
One was the good Lord had used these people to push the campaign further and deeper. Regardless of what their views were, am sure one person out there was curious about this whole thing and found themselves wanting to know more than people’s opinions.
My other thought was, since when is it okay to have the world advertise events and yet it shouldn’t be okay for the gospel to be advertised. One of the posts said and I quote,
“If God called you, He will finish what He started. You don’t need to struggle, finding ways of marketing Him, finding ways of publicising Him, making all kinds of connections for Him.
Please don’t help God, He will help Himself; just avail yourself as an instrument.”
My inner spirit was awash with all sentiments over this. But since am currently training myself not to allow my emotions be easily swayed by people’s thoughts and opinions. I moved right on past the post knowing the truth.
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15
If I have to reach that one soul by being creative in my ‘publicising’ Jesus, Oh yes, I will!
Before I digress completely, I will leave that right there and go to THE ONE. First of all I was so excited about the one campaign and knew who I was going to be praying for in my head. But when Mosze explained how the one campaign was going to work, how I had to minister to the one, call them, go out for a meal with them. Pardon!! My brain immediately started searching for another ‘one’ hahaha! Why? Because I knew for a fact that I will not call or dine with my ’one.’ But within the same sigh God reminded of a time I took some time off a few years ago to pray for this one person who did not get saved at the time but is now even in theology school hehehe.
Let me tell you about my sister. My mother brought us up in the knowledge and love of Christ Jesus. We all greatly participated in church activities all the way from Sunday school. But along the way my older sister discovered life! ‘Hayaaa!!’ She did it all. Ate life with a big spoon, had a baby in her senior six, she was able to close the bars every week, made beautiful smoke rings etc. Our mother was helpless at that point. She had lost her sight due to glaucoma but also this was an adult already out of her home. What was she supposed to do?? She was a respected elder in the church but she had this one child that some people ‘judged’ her for as if their lives were so perfect.
She did what she knew best. Went on her knees for her daughter’s life. She begged me and the other siblings to do the same. I started off reluctantly but deep down I knew it was what I wanted too. Why was I reluctant? Because I personally felt like she was far too gone. I would see her leaving the bar at 6am. Our mutual friends would tell me what she was up to and my heart would just sink further each time. Our mother was ‘spared the vision’ and tales of all these and that’s why I felt sorry for her. She did not know or see the depth of how bad. My Imagination was that God could not pick my sister up again. The ship had long sailed away and I had taken a front row seat with the judging committee. But I prayed anyway.
Years went by and at some point, for about 2 months she went AWOL. When she surfaced it was;
“I have class, am doing bible school.” I was in utter shock! Questions in my head, since when? What happened? Are you okay? (Do you see doubting Thomas’s sister? hehehe) I talked to mum after she was gone and I said, “I am holding my breath over this one.” And she said to me, “I thought we were praying together.”
Well, my ‘far too gone’ sister now leads our family altar and is just about to finish theology school. So yes, our God does not know ‘far too gone.’ He will go after that one person regardless! Do not give up on them no matter how bad it seems.