Jesus Christ Is the Way
by sesan oguntade 5/14/2009 / Christian Living
I grew up as the first child in a family of eight comprising of my dad, mum, and my five beautiful sisters in the former capital city of Nigeria Lagos State.
My father worked with the Federal Government for so many years until he retired. My mother on her part was for the most part of the period we (the children) were growing up, a petty trader.
We struggled through school as the people in my country were hit severely by the effect of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) introduced y the then military administration.
The family depended solely on my father's meager monthly income and the little income from mother's petty trading.
A combination of mal-administration of the nation's resources and economic recession made my father's monthly income to become irregular.
This development badly affected the family and we found it difficult feeding ourselves. Paying the accommodation fees became very impossible and the owners of the property served us with an eviction notice.
Things were very tough. My father and mother ran to friends and relatives for help, which came, and the accommodation fees and some other debts were settled.
This was to be a temporary relief as the worst was yet to come.
A year after my High School education, my father was retired and gratuity and pensions were not forthcoming from the government. The same old problem reared its head again. Feeding became very difficult and another notice of eviction was served.
We finally relocated to a cheaper accommodation on the outskirts of the state where all the necessities of life electricity, pipe-borne water etc. were missing. Help was no longer coming forth from anybody. We were left to bare the pains of our careless living.
My dad took to farming and mother continued her petty trading as I was admitted into a higher institution.
It was during my time in the higher institution that I began to look at the way we have carelessly lived our lives all this while. I began to see in my "inner mind" how success has eluded us because we chose to put our trust in men the government, friends, and relatives. We never had a relationship with God and we really struggled. My dad and mum worked very hard but I realized hard work alone could not bring success.
Finally, I took a decision not to toe the same line. I resolved to be successful and to help others to be successful.
However, how am I going to do it? By working hard alone? No. My Dad and Mum worked very hard but achieved little result. By trusting in friends, relatives, government? No. Dad, Mum, and we trusted them but they failed.
Then, I realized the only thing we never had then, was a relationship with God Almighty. Therefore, I took a decision to develop a relationship with God. How I was going to do it? I never knew but all I knew was that if I was going to be successful, I needed to be "Godful".
After I graduated and during the compulsory National Youth Service Programme, God finally helped me to know how I will start a relationship with Him in order to be a success.
In a dream, He revealed Himself to me with these Bible passages; I king 2v1-5, Psalm 25 and Joshua 1. I read these Bible passages repeatedly to get a clear understanding of the meaning and relevance to my cause in life.
A year after, the Lord finally arrested me and I gave my life to Jesus Christ.
A new chapter was opened in my life and instructions upon instructions have come from the Holy Spirit unto me on so many occasions on how my goal of becoming a success can be achieved.
JESUS IS THE WAY
"Jesus said unto him, I am the way the truth
and the life no man comes unto the Father,
but by me" John 14 v6
Jesus has acted as the Way to the Father for me. I now enjoy a good relationship with the Father, which is very necessary for me to be a success in life.