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THE MASTER’S LOVE NOTE TO YOU

I know you have heard the words, The gift that keeps giving. In my opinion, the reality and practicality of that is a beautiful thing. But I have realized that there is an in-depth version of this when it has a ripple effect.

If a receiver of a gift, gifts someone and that person gifts another, then a cycle is formed – Think about it too, how better will the world be.

This is the perfect illustration of what the life Jesus gives us does. He gave us the gift of salvation so that we can give it to others. This is not an assumption. He clearly stated this in His final words to us.

The final words – His Love Note to us.

The Love Note in the Great Commission
Matthew 28:16-20 (GNV)
“Go then to all people everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the HolySpirit”. Said the Man nailed on the cross for debts (sin) he did not owe, to his disciples (who represent every Christian in the world today), even though some doubted.

The Great Commission according to this scripture is the sharing of the gospel Jesus came to give every man on earth. After His disciples have experienced what it means to know Jesus and walk with Him, Jesus asked that they give everyone in the world the opportunity to experience the Love they have come to know.

Jesus said to people everywhere i.e. no limit was given as to the kind of people to hear the word. It was not limited to tribe or race or even action because Jesus died for the debts(sin) we all owed.

In simple words, the Love He has given them should not end with them. They need to pass it on to as many people as possible.

What is Needed?
Luke 10: 1 – 12 (TPT)
“Now, off you go! I am sending you out even though you fall as vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. You won’t need to take anything with you. Trust in God alone. And don’t get distracted from my purpose by anyone you might meet along the way”

This statement was made by Jesus when He sent out the nervous Seventy-two. Jesus knew how hostile life can be, especially when one is trying to give His impeccable Love to another but He assured the Seventy-two that the trust in God is all they need.

This scripture is not for Missionaries on the field alone, it is also for you. As you make effort to be a part of the Great Commission, life will want to try you but all you need is to trust in God. He is the ALL that you need.

The Master’s Love Note to you is what we need to make the world a better place. He has even equipped you with all the Love you need to live out His Love to others.

He has given you a guide – tell ALL the people, baptize them and disciple them.

What are you doing with the Master’s Love Note to you?
Who are you passing this Love Note to?

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Goodnews Missions

THE BEAUTIFUL FEET

Mark 16:15- “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the Gospel to the entire human race’’.


My mother used to tell me that her mother had beautiful feet. She meant it literally. Her feet were fair and frail, you will think that they’d snap at the slightest pressure. My Grandmother’s name was Kemi. She had a corner shop about fifteen steps from our house, and she never failed to play music. We used to call her Maami. Maami was eighty-eight years, and she evangelized always as she took the fifteen steps from our house to her shop. She was always ready to tell somebody about God.


Today was the day that we buried Maami. My mother had a story to tell about her;


Maami always told of her time with the Bangubangu people in Congo. Maami was only five days into the age of twenty-two and she constantly felt like she needed to be doing something. She was always tired and constantly felt unfulfilled. The opportunity to travel came and she just couldn’t say no, they were to leave in less than a week and the requirement was that you had to be Christian.


Maami was going to go, even if her mother thought it irrational.


Maami and her beautiful feet walked the roads of Bangubangu. For a month, because of how little she knew the only truth she was certain of enough to tell the people there was that God loved them. So, for every day in her first month, she’d walk up to people, hug them and tell them that God loved them.


In every inconvenience, discomfort, and cruelty, Maami fed the people three words that she knew without a doubt.


Two months down, and she wasn’t finished. She had just begun, and in every other place, she went, in different countries, she labored for God. Telling and showing people God’s love.


My Mother ended by saying that Maami had beautiful feet, and I am now reminded of the lyrics; How beautiful are the feet of they that carry the Gospel. Now it makes a little more sense.


PS: Not everyone will have the capacity or even the ability to get to unreached people groups, but in the circles that you find yourself in, be reminded of the great commission- not just in words, let everything you do be coated in the love of God. Let the words from your mouth not be in contradiction to the words of the Bible. Talk to people about God shamelessly.

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Christmas Goodnews Missions Salvation The Gospel

WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS MEAN TO YOU?

Research shows that the word ‘Christmas’ comes from an old English word ‘Cristes-messe’ which means Christ’s mass.

Christ’s mass – a gathering for Christ. A gathering to awaken tired minds, and a dose to remember his love for all of us.

To many people, Christmas means different things. So, I decided to document what Christmas means to different people for you before telling you what Christmas means to me.

Also, I will love to read what Christmas means to you too.

Here’s a collage of what Christmas means to some;

“There is no Christmas without Christ- the knowledge of this, that I have someone who would always look out for me gives me a reason to be merry, no matter how terrible the year was”.

“It is a time to come together with my family and become one”. 

“It is a reminder of God’s sacrificial love. I get to celebrate a God who became man, for my sake”.

“It means love to me; I can’t explain it. It reminds me how much God loves me. This has become a charge for me to love others.” 

Like the song says- “who would have thought that the lamb will save the souls of men”.

“It shows the love of God to send willingly a sacrifice that we may have victory over sin forever, coupled with the Love of Jesus for us, to carry the cross willingly that we may never have to”.

Back to me.

Anytime I was asked what I did for Christmas, I was always quick to say we do not celebrate it in my house. This was because there were no decorations, stockings, or even wrapped gifts. There was nothing out of the norm on Christmas day. It was cooking, going on drives, and sharing food. In some way, I belittled what we did as a family because it was not out of the ordinary. That’s what I thought.

However, this is how our culture celebrated Christmas. And this is how we expressed our love.

Beyond the activities of the day, Christmas is like the last puzzle that makes the year complete. It is that holiday that reminds us again of the birth of the one who came to the earth to love us completely while we are yet sinners. 

So, with care and dexterity, let Christmas this year be one of love- let love be felt greatly.

Let the joy of the reason of the season fill your heart. Let other experience His love that has been shed abroad in your heart.

However you choose to celebrate, ensure you do not forget the mighty gift of salvation. Also, remember that many people are yet to experience this gift for which you are celebrating right now so find time this Christmas to pray for their salvation.

So, how will you be celebrating this Christmas?

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Missions The Gospel

As believers, we are quick to identify ourselves as the sons and daughters of the Most High, the ransom of the Lord, His royal priesthood, etc. We bask in the identity that coming to the light of Christ has given us. We rarely remember that in the long list of identity and who we are in Christ, there is also a name we go by, Christ’s Witnesses. Acts 1:8

The Bible says we have been ‘called to show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light’ 1Peter 2:9b. Though these words come after all other names in that bible verse, this does not connote that it is a less significant name. After we identify as the Royal Priesthood and Holy Nation saved by Christ, it is expected of us to become Christ’s Witnesses by showing forth His praises and light to those who are still in darkness, those who are yet to hear or accept the good news that Jesus brings. Acts 13:47

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth”.

You might wonder how you can live true to this beautiful name that Christ calls you and the role that comes with it. Here are 4 ways you can truly be a witness of Christ and not relegate this name He has generously given you to the background:

  1. Have a burden for lost souls – This will require remembering what your life was before you met Christ and constantly praying that what matters to God, Souls, matters to you and burns in you. Romans 9:1-5
  2. Go for Mission trips – Just the way you plan for your vacation/staycation/leave, plan to go for Mission trips. There are short Mission trips you can be part of. The truth is Mission trips will better expose you to the need to live up to the name Christ’s Witness. Mark 16:15
  3. Pray for Missions – The harvest on Mission fields will be easier when prayers are done simultaneously. You would not always be on the Mission field all year long but your prayers can facilitate witnessing Christ to souls there. Ephesians 1:15-23
  4. Support Missions – Give to Mission causes, reach out to Missionaries, follow and share Mission contents, and don’t be shy to talk about Missions among your friends and family. Philippians 4:16-18

Telling others you love Christ is easy, being Christ’s witness requires more. Will you live out this name, Christ’s Witnesses, the Father calls you?