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MY PROFOUND NYSC CAMP LESSON

10 Dec

I have being very hesitant in posting my NYSC experience as by now you have probably gotten tired of the whole NYSC story. If you just read a little further I promise that you wouldn’t have wasted your time or your mental faculty trying to process what I have to say.

For readers who don’t know the meaning of NYSC-National Youth Service Corps. NYSC is a one year scheme, designed by the Nigerian Government, entailing a 3 weeks paramilitary training at various camps across the federation, after which you serve the community where you have been posted to. Now I am starting to sound like one of the NYSC officials 😉 .

NYSC was a whole new experience for me; of course I had to cover a whole lot of distance by various means just to get to one funny destination called Wanune, Tarka. I leave your mind to wonder about the state, but of course there is google. If by now you haven’t gotten tired of my beating around the bush, then I say congratulations my friend. I am getting to the very heart of the matter.

1457475_10202440279189455_2099295723_nHave you ever been in a strange place and you have wanted to identify with another? On my first day in camp, there was a lady directly opposite me. I had seen something of hers that identified her as a member of my church, so I carefully waited for her to finish her prayers and then I greeted her and waited to chip this in “Are you a member of….church”, you should have seen the smile on my face when she said yes. This was the part I was waiting for; I immediately chipped in “That’s my church too”. She made a good friend, as I latter got to discover that she was in the same platoon with me and we attended the same fellowship in camp…I did meet another person and she was also from my church too and we made such good friends too. The binding factor here was our DENOMINATION, after that we got to know each other beyond Denomination.

Then came a Sunday morning and I think the title of the message was about “Breaking Denominational Barriers”. I have not been so much into the names of churches as I could sometimes go to another church different from mine and blend in, but for some good reasons I have to identify with a church and stay there.

The Truth is; some of us and even I have forgotten the reason for DENOMINATION and we have replaced the word with SEGREGATION, sometimes with CONDEMNATION. If she is not in my church then he/she is on her way to Hell-fire. May I remind you that we would not stand that day as a DENOMINATION but as individuals and as the Church of Christ! Let me give a brief description of what we are doing, we are all on the same football team “Jesus Team”, but we seem to be playing for the other side or scoring own goals, due to division.

Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

One of the tools the devil seems to be using at a time like this is division in the house of God. He divides then he carries out its plan. It’s very hard to attack a group of people together, but get one person out of the group then it becomes very easy to attack such a person. Let me also remind you of the time when the disciples came to meet Jesus;

Mar 9:38-40 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbade him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.

We shouldn’t be found attacking ourselves all because our doctrines are different, let’s consult the bible and if you feel your brother is not getting something right, win him over with love. We must always have the mindset that we are the body of Christ, irrespective of our different denominations. That my friend is the greatest lesson I learnt in camp.

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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Article, Jesus Christ

 

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10 responses to “MY PROFOUND NYSC CAMP LESSON

  1. Akan

    December 10, 2013 at 8:56 am

    You know this is a pressing issue right now. I can remember when someone said i was a spiritual adulterer because i went to another church. The name was harsh and it sounded very religious, n i got to thinkin’ (then), who am i married to, the church or The Head of the church(es). I understand being careful but if my church was the only one to get to heaven, then hmmm, my G.O must be the landlord of heaven… Sorry Mercy im not tryin compete with the main blog (in length), but its an issue the body of christ must have to deal with for us to reign “together” with Christ…

     
    • Shalom Truths

      December 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      You did add to the article and I appreciate the comment. Thank you!

       
  2. Ogunlade tope

    December 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Wow…thank you sister.
    God bless you and continue to teach you His Word.

     
    • Shalom Truths

      December 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Amen…Thanks for your prayers and encouragement.

       
  3. omo Jesu

    December 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you Jesus for this timely and timeless truth. Personally, one of the first revelation i had about the church is that it’s God’s Church.

    Pastor Akan, I greet o.

     
    • Shalom Truths

      December 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Thank You Jesus! Pastor Leke, Thank You for reading.

       
  4. Seyi Akinseesin

    December 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Jesus Christ is the head of the church…. I believe the Lord does not recognise any denomination, he recognises only his body. A timely word…. Kudos mercy…

     
    • Shalom Truths

      December 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      The Lord does not! Thank God for his word. Thank You Seyi for leaving a comment.

       
  5. timothy

    December 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

    hmmm!

     
    • Shalom Truths

      December 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks for reading and dropping a comment.

       

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