A transcript of my telephone conversation with IT returnee/Final Year Students of RCF LAUTECH 8/9/2014 2:58pm Eastern Time
I appreciate you all for giving me the opportunity to speak with you. There is so much to share with you that time will not be enough especially knowing that it is almost 5years since I was your coordinator when you moved into your first year in the university. Today being the occasion of your returning from Industrial Training (IT) back into campus and the official beginning of your final year of your undergraduate experience on campus, there is a number of things I wish to share with you.
I am sure many of you know that you are “The Light of the world” generation. We started on this theme since 2008/2009 and I am grateful to God that through the power of His Word, many of you have made the ultimate decision to become children of Light. As much as I will like to go over all that we discussed in time past because I still have all the notes I taught you from with me here including the Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual songs we did those good old days, I am only going to hinge my conversation with you today on what has already been discussed years ago. First and foremost let me remind you that “The Light of the World” is a profound statement and it’s deep. Jesus first called himself Light:
(John 8:12 KJV) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
(John 9:5 KJV) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
And when He further said:
(Matthew 5:14 KJV) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
We know He was referring to us becoming like Him. This is how John put it:
(John 1: 3-5 MSG) Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
So we need to appreciate where we are coming from. The Light source is Jesus Christ and as many of that receive Him as our Lord and saviour become Light like Him and we are called to live a blazing Life-Light that overcomes darkness. But there is a more pertinent issue that I want us to discuss today and that is to raise the question: so we are Light then what are we here to do?
Let me draw your attention to something very important that I discovered during my recent research – it is something quite alarming. While Christianity has continued to grow arithmetically, contrary vices: sin, evil and all the likes committed by humanity and those living especially close to where Christianity prevails, have continued to grow geometrically. This is disturbing. I have tons of example but let me give you just one. Global religiosity index points Nigeria as the second most religious country in the world. This is greatly overshadowed by transparency international corruption perception index where Nigeria ranks high as a very corrupt country. This is a stark pair of contrasting qualities. So I want to remind you of why we became light in the first place.
If you recall in Genesis, it was when darkness covered the face of the deep that God established order through by decreeing Light. We know that The Light was and is Jesus and now, ye are The Light. We are called to be Light in the first place because a need arose. There is an urgent cry in the heart of men like it was said in scripture:
(Matthew 4:16 KJV) The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
We see corruption and all the evil in our day and we keep asking the question where do we find the incorruptibles? Is there still hope? My answer: you are the incorruptibles, you are the hope, you are the Light of the world. The Light is here! You are here!! Darkness must not persist!!!
Let me put these high-sounding spiritual terminologies in perspective as I round up. What we are called to is to reverse the propagation of evil first in our immediate environment – the very present place we are right now – and then allow it spread to the outermost part of the earth. I know as simple as it sounds, it is not easy. It is this same course that I have thrown myself into and I can tell you there is great sacrifices to be made. But we are God instrument of change in this time and season. We must understand this. It is in witnessing. It is in working excellently and handling mundane things with divine touch so much so that men will see our good works and recognise our heavenly Father. It is in taking our academics seriously and coming out in God’s flying radiant colours. It is by not being sloughtful in business but fervent in spirit (Romans 12:11).
My time is up and I still have much to share. I hope to be with you in October so that we can discuss these and more as we gradually move into what God has already began to do in us and through us. As a family, we are praying for you and trusting that from this meeting you will arise and take you place as a city set upon a hill that cannot be hid. Our time is now and more responsibilities fall on us as we run our final lap on campus and especially to those of us that holds various leadership positions. I spoke with Odunbaku Damilola earlier and I’m sure he more than ever before understands His current role as the PDS coordinator. I’m constantly in touch with my son and brother Awotayo Temitope Jacob who happens to be the current President of our great fellowship, please hear him because he not only consults myself and a host of other alumni, he ensures to take his time to seek God’s face before he comes to you. Together we must ensure we hand over a hot spiritual baton to those coming behind us. RCF yi ti gbogbo wa ni!
Thank you for taking time to listen and please feel free to contact me on social media. You will find me on Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Skype, Flickr, Email and BBM. Let’s keep the fire burning. I love you.