In a bid to graduate from the class of the ‘e go better’ to ‘e don better’ (in the African parlance), a lot of Nigerians follow just anything in order to earn money, playing deaf and dumb to truth, but they fail to understand that it is the truth that will make them free (John 8:32).
A lot of Nigerians are hustlers – they are not as interested in becoming better in themselves as much as they are in being able to afford better. Becoming better is better joy than just earning and still remaining in slavery.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33 KJV
Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.
Matthew 6:33 GNB
Most people don’t trust seeking God first as a better way to live because of the fear of poverty. They remix scriptures to pursue their ambitions and then give to God from the proceeds accrued from pursuing their ambition.
“This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing? “Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life? “And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil, So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith? “So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?
Matthew 6:25-28, 30-32 TPT
God created everything and can turn anything to you. Trust Him with first place in your life.
Have you seen how colourful and beautiful the flowers are? They never primp or shop but in all of Solomon’s splendour, he looked shabby alongside them because your Father gave that much attention to their appearance. If He could be that detailed about caring for something that fades, don’t you think He’d do much more for you?
Selfishness and greed has led many into committing varying atrocities. African politicians pay peanuts to gullible minded citizens to have them enslave their own brothers for the lump sum they want to steal.
A former Liberian president, Charles King is listed in the Guinness book of records for the most fraudulent election reported in history, having won the 1927 election with 234,000 votes in a country with only 15,000 registered voters. How did he manage to pull that off? Of course, the ignorant masses.
Little wonder someone said, “The twin Nigerian tragedies of the weaponisation of poverty and iilitracy/ignorance means that there will always be crowds to turn up for political and religious criminals, scam artists, sometimes, even without getting paid.”
Greedy African Pastors will appeal to your greed to enrich themselves and ask you to be patient as though God went on vacation.
African parents would say, “We are always right,” “Don’t forget where you are coming from,” etc, but they forget that those are limiting statements – they keep you backward, mediocre or timid in mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.
Nigerian Christians are too gullible—they are easily tossed to and fro because they don’t allow the ministry of all the calling work them to maturity (Ephesians 4:12).
Materialistic pursuit makes Satan get an upper hand over the believer. God is our sufficiency (2 Corinthians 3:5). Lay up treasures for yourself in eternity.
There’s no beauty in ignorance especially ignorance of the Word. Unfortunately, there are very many ignorant Christians in the world today and that’s quite pathetic.
Before Nelson Mandella left prison, he said: “As I stand before the door to my freedom, I realise that if I don’t leave my pain, anger, and bitterness behind me, I will still be in prison.” The one who keeps guard in the prison is apparently a prisoner.
If we do not leave behind the slavery mentality that has been programmed in us by our parents, society and so on, we’d remain in the prison of slavery living as free men.
Thinking on past errors only lead to one end: creating more negative pasts in the present. Your past is buried, place your future in perspective, and focus your present on inspiring things. Never allow your past bleed into your present to stain your future.
Pastor Preston Idoro.