MAY I TIE YOUR SHOE?

by  Imaobong Ukpabio

 

In the book of Genesis,God asked Cain,”where is your brother Abel?” Cain responded with some irritation, “I don’t know.I’m i my brother’s keeper?” (Gen 4:9)

God seems to be saying,we should know about our brothers and sisters-their whereabouts and needs.We tend to respond that we don’t want to be bothered about our needs of our fellow human beings.We have enough problems of our own.unnamed

I will probabaly not forget the situation i observed.An older couple,probably in their middle to late 70s,was standing infront of Ikeja city mall,Suddenly,the lady said to her husband,”my shoe is untied.” She had her arm in a brace and obviously needed some help.Her husband hesitated for a moment to bend down and tie the shoe,not because he was unwilling to do so,but rather because he had some physical limitations of his own.images-1

Suddenly,almost out of nowhere,a young man,most likely to be in his thirties,appeared.With a bright smile on his face,he said to the elderly woman,  “may i tie your shoe ma?” Surprised,she responded in the affirmative,”Yes! My husband has an arthritic hand and can’t tie them so well.”  The young man said,”i’m younger,i’ll do it!” And he bent down and tied the woman’s shoe laces.

 

“Oh thank you son”,she responded. rose-gold-3.jpg

“And God bless you.” And off went that cheerful and helpful youngman-or was he an angel? He left behind two quite amazed seniors.When does anyone offer to be so helpful? Somewhat rarely! In that one small act,they had experienced a marvel of love and grace.

 

Whether that young man was a christian, i know not. I can say he certainly acted like one. Jesus told His followers to love each other.” In this way everyone would know they are followersnof Jesus. He indicated that by his loving action.

 

Once,Jesus was washing His disciples’ feet-a messy job at best.They wore sandals in those days and needed to wash the dust of the road off their feet.

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Take Up Your Cross

By: Idongesit Imuk

 

In 2004,Hollywood actor Jim Cavaziel was offered a movie role by director Mel Gibson. He accepted the role and prayed about it.He was to act as Jesus in a movie titled “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.”

However, few days after he accepted the role, Mel called him and advised he reject the role. In an interview with 700 club in later years, Jim would call it “one of the toughest decisions he ever made in his life.” In his words, “Mel called me and said, i hope you know what this means? hope you know it will cost you a lot.” After the movie was released, he never landed a major role in Hollywood again. Hollywood rejected him for playing the son of God. 

Jim was 33 at the time he shot that movie. From 2004 till date, Jim has never made it through a major movie audition. However, Jim is happy as millions of people gave their lives to Christ after watching that movie.In his words,” we all have crosses to bear.”

Jesus had rightly said,”…take up your cross and follow me! “That was like an order, a command.”Don’t tell me about your persecution,

Don’t tell me about the reputation you’ve lost.

Don’t tell me about the rejection you are facing from your family because you are born again.

Don’t tell me about how people laugh at you or how your coursemates make mockery of you for being a believer.

Sister don’t tell me how your husband divorced you when you became born again or how your parents disowned you when you gave your life to Christ.

Just “take up your cross and follow me.”

Jim Cavaziel has borne his cross. A cross of rejection by his own industry. A cross of losing his job (he barely has roles in movies).

What crosses have we borne?

Paul had longed so much for his cross when he spoke of “the fellowship of his suffering.”

When people laugh at you because you go to church everyday, you are partaking in the fellowship of his suffering. When your coursemates call you names because you refuse to cheat in exams, ,you are partaking in the fellowship of his suffering. When you refuse bribery in office and you are queried by the manager of the company, you are partaking in the fellowship of his suffering.

What crosses have we borne for the sake of the gospel?

Have we partaken in the fellowship of his suffering?

Our hope is that the cross we bear is not greater than His grace.

May the eyes of our understanding be opened.