After college, my admission into the university was a bit delayed. And as is commonly said, an idle man is the devil’s workshop, my stay at home found me exposed to several vices: pornography, masturbation, and fornication in the long run, which largely resulted from peer pressure.
A Persecuted Mother
I am Kayode Adelaja. I was raised by a single mum for the most part of my life. When I was 6, my mum who was a devout Muslim became a believer in Jesus and this was followed by a series of persecutions from her family and friends! She was disowned by her dad and separated from her husband. These events formed much bitterness in me as I wondered why God would allow her to suffer that much for Him! How she even endured all that was thrown at her because of her faith probably confused me more.
My mum tried to introduce me to her faith but whenever I moved close to Christians, all I saw was a bunch of pretenders, and this often pushed me far away. Being pragmatic and down-to-earth, I detested pretense. But out of love and respect for my mum, I often attended church meetings.
Pressured Into A Mess
After college, my admission into the university was a bit delayed. And like it is commonly said, an idle man is the devil’s workshop, my stay at home found me engaging in several vices: pornography, masturbation, and fornication in the long run, which largely resulted from peer pressure.
My life was a mess. I knew it and desired a solution. I tried reading the Bible but that didn’t work. I mostly always slept off because it didn’t make any sense to me so I gave up on that.
But one evening in August 2002, I received Jesus into my life after listening to a sermon on TV in which the minister spoke of God’s love in relation to man’s sinful state.
After this experience, I decided to join the ushering unit in church in hope that I’d experience growth in my new-found faith. I didn’t get the help I desired so with time I returned to the things I sought salvation from.
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Meeting Jesus and the band of brothers
But In October 2004, I gained admission to a remedial programme and through a roommate, I was invited to a bible study group called the Navigators. I joined this fellowship with a curiosity to know more about the Bible and in a bid to find answers to my questions.
I was intrigued by what I found – the possibility of reading the Bible constructively for myself without sleeping off. I enjoyed fellowship as I saw my peers openly share lessons and applications from God’s word.
In one of the meetings, Uncle Dan Ndangason shared an illustration on ‘The Bridge To Life’. 1 Peter 3:18 particularly caught my attention that day.
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”
I knew there and then that I had to commit my life to Jesus and on getting back to my hostel that night, I went on my knees in tears and made the decision. As I studied the bible and fellowshipped with my band of brothers, I got assured of my salvation from John 5:24.
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life”.
This happened during one of the bible study discussions we had, and it helped me build conviction about my faith as I continued to feed on God’s word and learn from my brothers. These practices have kept me accountable in my walk with Jesus till date.I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life
A call to intimacy and service
I learned to spend time alone with God and soon, it felt wrong to keep the excitement of this new life I found to myself. With the help of the Ndangasons (Uncle Dan and his wife), I began intentionally sharing my faith with others. I also got exposed to missions through their help, as we went on mission trips where I encountered service in a different form. This greatly affected my worldview and consequently challenged me to serve God more.
A Persecuted Mother And Loving Band Of Brothers Brought Me To Jesus – Kayode
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