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Traveling Light

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December 19, 2022

Life is a beautiful journey with twists and turns; at least, that’s what I think. I asked a few friends from work what life is, and here is how they summed it up in a few words;

enjoyment, adventure, fun, like temple run, I just dey jump uppandan, shocking and demanding.

We can sometimes dictate how we want our journeys to go, and sometimes unforeseen circumstances act like ‘ungun known men’ carrying us to where we do not know.

Today, I would like to zoom in on the Christian’s life journey with two scriptures.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. — Matthew 7:13–14

Take my yoke upon you, learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. — Matthew 11: 28–30

I learnt the importance of carrying luggage on a journey at a very crucial stage in my life. This year, I was heading back to the University from home, but we had to stop at my best friend’s place. Before then, I had naively packed all my clothes home during the holiday, and now I had to take them back to school. I had a big box to carry, and there was no Uber or bolt at the time. My older sister being her usual self didn’t even flinch or move a finger to help… ‘es your load, carry it’. I remember carrying the box up the pedestrian bridge and panting like a dog; it was a sight. My body was too lanky for that load, I wasn’t built to handle such baggage. We know how the story ends, but if you don’t, I went home to use paracetamol like a drug addict before crashing.

From the above verses of Scripture, Jesus enjoins us to go on a journey through a narrow gate, He also clearly states how we should travel; Light. As a Christian (I don’t mean a religious, hand me down system of Christianity. I mean someone who truly and wildly burns for God), we are called to walk through ‘the narrow gate’.

The million dollars question is “How do I travel on this path?”

In your love walk as a Christian, offences will abound, and temptations will come. However, Jesus advices that we let go, shake it off, forgive, and remember that we have the strength to overcome each temptation. The road is narrow, with no room for unwanted baggage like malice, hatred, envy, drunkenness and the likes. These things weigh you down not just spiritually but mentally and physically. Carrying a truckload of jealousy, envy, and strife around is downright depressing. But what joy it is to live light in Light, with Love.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, — Hebrews 12:1

How do I travel light?

Writing this piece reminds me of Pastor Michael’s illustration about having extra (unnecessary) things our parents did not give us in our school bags. In the same vein, our Heavenly Father (our spiritual parent) has given us ALL that pertains to life and godliness — love, joy, peace, patience… the fruit of the spirit, knowledge, and understanding of the weighty matters of the law such as justice and mercy; nothing else but that.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay tithes of mint, dill, and cumin. But you have disregarded the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. — Matthew 23:23–24

Taking from Jesus’ words, “the weightier/more important things of life should not be neglected”. Let every fancy thing disappear into the background, for they are just distractions.

What a Light-Life Travel looks like;

It looks like a journey travelled with the fruit of the spirit. It looks like I’m on the road to life, and all I have is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It looks like a life of love radiating from the unfading beauty of a gentle spirit. Like a love that is patient, kind, does not boast and keeps no record of wrong.

It looks like a life lived for an audience of One (YHWH).

Busola Moses

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