Where do I start, well let me introduce myself first. I’m Alfred Ntiamoah, 26 natively Ghanaian born and raised in Germany. I won’t try to persuade you to like me, but I can tell you that I’m excited to write my first blog. I’ve been writing for a couple of years, actually finished writing a book, but I have been very quiet about it. I told myself to be more vocal about my gifts, talents and understanding, which led me to this blog.
Enough of me, I hope I got your attention now let’s get to “business”. As a lover of Christ and scripture is sharing light and understanding God gave me important. It would be very unwise to sit upon a ply of wisdom and not to share it with you. A reason for sharing this with you comes from what I’ve been through. You’ll hear more about it as you follow my blogs. We all have our stories and each one of us experienced a lot, whether what we experienced was positive or negative – it molded us into the person we are now. Betrayal, hurt, anger, frustration as well as happiness, love and joy have remarkable impact on us. How we view it and allow it to affect us will determine how we feel. A great day can turn out to be the worst day ever. On the other hand, can words change a bad day into the best day we could possibly think of. Human beings are very interesting creatures 🙂.
You probably read the heading and are curious to know why it’s saying Jesus > I. I do not only write, but also work out a lot – played American Football, ran Tack & Field, Boxed and what not. But what I truly love to do is to teach the word, I taught Bible study in College for two years, still do, but I’m not a College student anymore. Anyways, as I was lying in bed I did some self-inventory and had to ask myself this:
“If I were able to reach a million people to seek Jesus and they completely forget about me, would I still do what I do now?”
It’s not that I’m seeking for status, I’m just determined to make an impact within this generation and to leave a legacy behind, which the next generation can build upon. However, this was a tough pill to swallow, most “Christians” well religious folk would say it’s easy to say “yes!” After all, is Jesus not the greatest man who walked on earth and if you say you’re a disciple – how could it be difficult for you not to say “yes”. Let me tell you, it’s easy to just speak for your ears to enjoy what you say than to speak truth. To tell you the truth I don’t want to just say “yes!” and not mean it, so I checked my heart in order to give the right answer.
Scripture tells us to let our yes be yes and no be no, for anything beyond this comes from the evil one (Matthew 5:37). If I say yes and don’t mean it, yet hold onto it with a hardened heart instated of keeping this command because I WANT TO… Who would have to deal with the consequences? Certainly not you, so please keep your judgments to yourself 🙂 !
Nevertheless the point that I’m trying to make is that – we have the tendency to get in the way of the plan God has for us. We’re selfish; it’s natural for us to seek for approval from society. It all started with Adam failing in the Garden of Eden. This is not a reason to feel condemned because this is where Jesus comes in “For God so loved the world that He gave His only and begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).” You can breathe again – LOL. I hope you know Jesus and have accepted Him, if not I encourage you to do so. You could easily speak to your local pastor or a friend who’s knowledgeable about the word and can give you an understanding.
It is important to know, many fail to understand this, God judges our actions based on its intention and who His Son was to us (Savior or just a teacher). He doesn’t just judge you because you „just did something“; scripture tells us “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:4)” Meaning: Because unrighteousness is within us, there’s nothing we can do to work our way into heaven. You cannot buy God and get a ticket to heaven; grace is the reason we get to enjoy heaven. Grace also doesn’t give you the “go” to do whatever it is that you want, but there are people out there forced , based on the circumstance they’re in, to do things they do not wish to do. At times circumstances make us think that there’s no way out, especially if we don’t know Christ, but to know Christ means to know that He made a way – it’s just for us to take the leap of faith. Let me stop here shortly, even though one might know Christ, thoughts of seeing no way out will appear. FYI – we’re all still HUMAN! Coming back to my question, sorry to touch on so much – you’ll get used to it, I can NOW say YES! Yes, I’d still do what I do now, if I were to reach a million people to seek Jesus with them forgetting about me.
Why? Because… Life isn’t about being better than the next person or trying to beat my neighbor. Life is simple; life is about being the best version of yourself and most importantly – Life is about getting people into the Kingdom of God. You know people at times think I got it all together, but I have to disappoint you – I don’t. I can be just as miserable, broken and out-of-place than anybody else. As a matter of fact, this is how I came to Christ, miserable, hurt, angry and confused and I thank God that he accepted me the way I am, which gives me peace. I know that I don’t have to prove myself – I can just be me! We all are striving for greatness, we all are trying to be remembered and leave a mark behind – it’s good we need people like this – but don’t lose Jesus in the midst of it.
In the hood they would say: ”Don’t forget who put you on!”
Growing up, my mother would always tell me: “to remember your creator now” and I want you to do the same. Remember Jesus along the journey because He offered himself, as a sacrifice to you. As you’re on the journey to be or get successful don’t forget where it all started and who made it possible for you. If it wasn’t for Him I wouldn’t be able to tell you where we’d be, which is why I’m grateful to have Him and to share Him with you – for He is greater than I.
Thank you for reading 🙂 until then, be blessed.
© Alfred Ntiamoah and authenticitee, 2015
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