I settled at my office about to start work when a call came through.
“Hello Herty, sorry for calling at this time. I guess you’re at work.” It was Debbie.
“Yes, I was just about to start work when you called. What’s up?”
“I want to meet you and Debbie this evening. I hope that’s possible?”
“Yes, that’s fine. I will be there.
“Okay, I already informed Selly so we will meet this evening.”
“Alright dear. Enjoy your day.”
“Enjoy yours too.” She said.
It was my last day at work before my firm breaks for the Christmas holidays. At that moment in my life, I really felt the need to be around good company like that of my friends.
At 5pm, I got to the restaurant and found Debbie already there. Selly joined us some minutes later. We ordered for drinks and food and started eating and talking.
“Girls, I asked to meet you because of something very important and interesting,” Debbie announced.
“Drums rolls,” Selly drumed on the table.
“My cousin has invited me for this church fellowship and I wanted you girls to join me,” Debbie revealed.
The expression on Selly’s face changed.
“Is this the announcement?” Selly asked
“Let’s go and hear God’s word…,” Debbie started speaking but we were so familiar with it that we helped her finish it, “it is also important.”
“Girl, this was the same thing you said when you invited us to the church fellowship that Sunday afternoon in Senior High School,” I recounted.
“I know it didn’t end well in Senior High School but hey!, we are big girls now. Let’s give this one a try. Pleassse…”
Selly looked at me and I looked at her.
“Alright, I’m in,” Selly announced.
“I’m in too,” I said.
“Yeeey! Thank you girls, I promise you won’t regret it this time around.
On Sunday evening, Debbie, Selly and I met and headed for fellowship meeting. We arrived some minutes into the meeting. A lady was speaking.
“Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 5:17, it says if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. This is true for all of us in Christ, we have become new creatures. In Christ, we don’t just have the opportunity of a new start, we have access to a whole new life that can never be messed up.
A new start can have a bad ending but a new life in Christ means our beginning and ending is based on Christ. So this newness of life will never wear out, it can never get old and it can never be destroyed,” The Lady recounted.
I turned to look at Selly and found her staring at me.
What she was saying was intriguing so I paid attention. This was the first time I was interested in a message preached in church.
“A new life means the old life we had before has been taken away. We have lost every relationship with the old life which was dominated by sin. We are now new creatures who carry the life of Christ. How did we become new creatures? Is it by some good thing we did? No, it was just because we believed in the death and resurrection of Jesus. We believed and were made new creatures.
“Beloved, as a new creature, there’s no record of your past sins. All of them have been wiped away. Listen to what God says about your sins? Let’s read from Hebrews 8:12.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
“God says he won’t remember your sins anymore. That means that he won’t take your sins into account to punish you.”
I looked around to see if I was actually in church. And where did she read the passage from? From the bible? How come I have never heard of it? Every message I had heard about sin was about how God was going to punish us for our sins unless we confess it. I listened for more.
“All your sins have been forgiven, she continued, none of them have been withheld. Let’s read Colossians 2:13:
Colossians 2:13 (NLT)
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.
“He forgave all your sins, not some of them. Many people think we have partial forgiveness in Christ, but this verse debunks that. It says he made us alive and forgave us all our sins. Hallelujah “
“Hallelujah,” We chorused.
We were about 50 people in all. One thing I noticed was that everyone was attentive and interested in the word being preached. They took notes meticulously and responded to the message in excitement. It was all new to me…
To be continued…