Jamila was raised up as a Muslim but she later became a Christian at some point of her life. It amazes me that the only thing God had to do is give her a mellow voice, and take her to a Christian school. While there, she was forced to attend compulsory pastoral classes, and with time, she grew to love the worship and praise music, so she actually learnt different lyrics and sung along. At the time, she never realized that what she was doing was worship. She finally cleared high school oblivious of the fact.
After a few weeks from school, she began to feel restless; she was missing something, more like a thing she had back in high school. She knew she had to find it, because if she didn’t, the intensity of her desire could have possibly stopped her heart. In as much as she couldn’t explain what was happening to her, she wasn’t left with any choice but to seek.
So, one Sunday morning, the Muslim girl went to a church in her neighbourhood, she says she went there to find her missing piece. She did. As she’d realize after, she had missed her music, praise and worship songs.
She made up her mind to be a Muslim from Monday to Saturday, and Christian on Sundays. She continued to go to her secret place, again and again, until she realized that she was in too deep and could no longer hide her obsession. Next thing she knew is spending a little more time behind after a service, to talk to a pastor. She later received Jesus as her LORD and Savior.
Jamila then began serving as an usher in church, but God spoke to her and said, ‘No, this is not your purpose, I have positioned you to impact many through your voice!’ She heeded and joined the church choir as a back-up singer. But that was not the end of God’s plan for her. So, on one Sunday, all choir members weirdly ran late for a church service, except the keyboardist, and guess who else…that’s right. Oh, when Jamila picked up the mic, it was in deed an anointing, it is one.
She recently released her first album bearing very beautiful tunes. And that’s the story of Jamila.
Unto you now, do such stories ever get you wondering how a Muslim, atheist or pagan gets converted to Christianity, and get to live in their line of purpose? Their testimonies are usually a trail of the Holy Spirit, seeking, following, nagging, and tethering a person, until they’ve nowhere else to go to, and no one to neither talk to nor cry to, except He, the Father. That’s what I consider point of Salvation. It is when the Father wraps the Holy Spirit around you that whichever direction you imagine escaping to is blocked by his shields of passion. What I’m trying to say is that if or when God chooses a person to fulfill His agenda; it’s a point of no return.
Over the past few weeks, I have learnt that we cannot get to impact a person (s) if we are not an impact of the Holy Spirit. You see, we are just empty vessels that are empty and meaningless until we attain certain responsibilities, and that we cannot be able to execute a task if we are not filled with the Holy Spirit.
I do believe that, Jesus has been calling at you. The question is, if you’ve heard Him call, what have you done about it? Maybe like me, you’ve already invited Him to be the LORD of your life, fine, but are you still full of Him?
If you are not, it is time to go back to the station and refuel your spiritual tank afresh. Start living your life in obedience to God. Even if it means doing it again and again, that doesn’t matter to God, because He assures us that the sins we commit are nowhere near us, unless we fail to confess and ask for forgiveness.
“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:11-12
Clearly, from this, and as in many parts of the Bible, God wants a union, a solid relationship with all believers. And as far as I know, even though we don’t deserve it and never will, like Jamila, through mercy, favor, grace and most importantly, His love, we are the chosen…we are, the designated heirs.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17
NB. Based on a true story. Jamila is not her real name.