Recently, I took time to watch the trending movie “THE TRAIN” acted based on the true-life story of Bro. Mike and Sis. Gloria Bamiloye of Mount Zion Films. I watched the film with one of my younger sisters in the Lord, and another brother. Afterwards, we had to pray on some issues arising from there. Some of those issues are forming the basis for my reflections on the movie, and lessons from thence which we can apply to life. This is the first episode, and I believe that 2 (two) more episodes will still follow.
The earth, as we know it, is a very large mass of matter. Scientific records suggest the radius of the earth to be approximately 6400km. now, assuming that the earth is a perfect sphere (though it is not), and you use this radius to calculate for the Surface Area and the Volume of the earth, you will be getting approximately 515 million km2 and 110 trillion km3 respectively, following simple mathematics. Now, the earth is simply a part of the solar system (containing 9 planets, and the sun at the center), and it is not even the biggest planet in the solar system. Now, the solar system is simply a small part of the Milky Way Galaxy, and the Galaxy, well, is a small part of the entire universe. Are you getting a picture of the vastness of the universe that we are in?
Now, imagine that we get a camera, focus it on you, yes, just you. If we then beginning to zoom out the camera until we get your room, then zoom out more until we get your street, zoom out more to get your whole state, then zoom out more to get your country, by the time we are getting to your continent, you will be as visible as a speck of dust. By the time we are getting to the earth, the solar system, the galaxy, ha! You will simply not exist.
Where am I going with all these? Several of us have considered the whole of this existence which we call LIFE, and we have placed ourselves at the center of it all. Life, for us, is about “my happiness”, “my comfort”, “my gain”, “my desire”, etc. It is all about “I”. So, we plan, we project, we pray, we hustle, we labour, but it is all about “I”. We then begin to measure life by how much money we have acquired, how much pleasure we have enjoyed, and how much gain we have obtained. It is as if we drew our own solar system, and this time (instead of the Sun), it is us that sit at the center, and the whole system is supposed to revolve around us. Husbands leave their families for beautiful mistresses, wives forsake their children for the sake of what they can achieve in life, and each one of us do not mind trampling on the other for the sake of what we will gain. Life is all about “I”.
But now I see! Before I came into this world, the world has been, the earth has been, and before the earth came into the picture, God was. The Holy Scripture begins thus, “In the beginning, God…” So before “I”, there was God.
So, I long and I pray, that my eyes will be opened. I pray that I may see something greater than “I”. Something to live for, something to pursue. I may appear small when zoomed from a distance, but I was not so small in the eyes of the creator of the universe when He sent His Son to die for me. If the Creator of this whole universe cares about me, if He knows me, then I am not actually insignificant. I am important in His sight. There is a reason why He created me. There is a reason why He gave me life. But it is not about me, it is about His purposes. It is about what He wants to use me to achieve in the lives of others. It is about His kingdom which He wants me to partake in its expansion. That is something greater than “I”.
That was why Bro. Mike left Adeyemi College of Education for the funny Oyo State College of Education. That was why he resigned his job to become a drama minister. That was why Sis. Gloria agreed to forsake the lawyer coming for her hand in marriage and go with this brother who had no job, and whose ministry was not even well understood. It was not love. She saw something greater than “I”.
No one will ever accomplish anything for God unless he/she moves beyond himself/herself. All my desires to achieve many things in God’s sight will come to nothing unless my eyes are opened to something greater than “I”.
Can we do a little exercise before we end this reading. Can you pick your Bible and read? Read John 21 vs. 18-19. Jesus told Peter that there was a way he had to die in order to glorify God. As a normal human being, there is a way Peter would have loved to die. However, nobody is asking him how he wants to die. Nobody is asking him what will make him happy. It is simply this, Peter has to die violently. If he dies “in peace”, God will not be glorified. Do you get the picture? That was why Jesus said, “if you want to follow me, drop yourself. Forget yourself.” (Luke 9 vs. 23) As long as you are holding on to yourself, and your own interests, as long as life is all about you, you will never be a true soldier of Jesus.
May God open our eyes to see something greater than “I”. So that our jobs, our marriages, our finances, our certificates, all that we have and all that we are will only be to glorify God; and His happiness, His smile, His “well done” will be all that matters to us.
P/S; I want to include a link to a set of messages I would love everyone of us to patiently listen to. I believe it will also advance our understanding in the light of the things I’m saying here. Click to visit and download HERE.